Calvary, a dark comedy starring Brendan Gleeson, has been announced as the opening film of the 2014 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Directed by John Michael McDonagh (brother of Martin McDonagh) the film tells the story of a priest who gets threatened during confession and finds himself battling with the people and the community around him.

The festival opener will also double as the film's Irish premiere and will see both McDonagh and Gleeson in attendance, as well as other members of the cast.

Speaking at the announcement, festival director Grainne Humphreys called the opening gala a celebration of "the best of Irish cinema".

She went on to say that "2014 is going to be a vintage year for Irish cinema with an incredible line-up of new features and documentaries from emerging and established names. As the 2014 opening night presentation, John Michael McDonagh's spectacular ‘Calvary’ will act as both a clarion call for the festival and for Irish cinema.”

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will take place from 13th to 23rd February 2014, marking the twelfth year of the festival. Over 130 films are screened each year, attracting an audience of 41,000.