Vanessa Redgrave to Get Lifetime Achievement Award at Dublin Film Festival

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Ben Wheatley, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Anna Friel and Aiden Gillen will also appear at the February event.

Stage and screen icon Vanessa Redgrave is to receive the Volta Award for lifetime achievement at this year's Dubai International Film Festival in honor of her contribution to film.

The actress will be among a number of names attending the festival, which runs Feb. 16-26, with the likes of Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Ben Wheatley, Anna Friel and Aidan Gillen also confirmed. 

Among the gala screenings at the event will be the Irish premiere of Maudie, the biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis by Irish director Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, which will open the festival.

Others include Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, Free Fire from Ben Wheatley, the doc In Loco Parentis looking into Ireland's sole prep school Headfort School, Juanita Wilson's Tomato Red starring Friel, and Unless by director Alan Gilsenan.

Among the world premieres is Pickups, in which Game of Thrones star Gillen plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself as a troubled actor. 

The festival will close with the Irish premiere of John Butler's Handsome Devil, a comedy-drama set in an Irish boarding school.