In a shocking move, we’ll be tentatively venturing out of London to attend Ireland’s oldest film festival, returning for the 60th year from the 6th-15th November. Taking place within the glorious chambers of the Cork Opera House, the Triskel Christchurch and the Gate Cinema, Jerzy Skolimowski’s tense 11 MINUTES will open and the lushly designed CAROL starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will close the festival.
Cork Film Festival is a celebration of locality and stylistic range, staying true to its roots with a diverse programme including 50 Irish short films, half of which were made in Cork itself. There will be many ‘special screenings’, including Orson Welles’ classic F FOR FAKE which will mark the anniversary of the Hollywood royalty’s 100th birthday, a live RTÉ Concert Orchestra performance accompanying David Lean’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER and, for little people or big people with childish tendencies, a FROZEN sing along session. The hotly-anticipated Irish gala will be Kim Farrant’s directorial debut STRANGERLAND, featuring acting powerhouse Nicole Kidman back on her hometown Australian soil and a score by True Detective’s Keefus Ciancia. And this year, for the first time, the winners of the Grand Prix Irish (presented by RTÉ Cork) and Grand Prix International will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® longlist. A big, high-profile step for Ireland.
There is so much to see over the 10 day line-up that it’s hard to know where to begin: a guest appearance from British actor Simon Callow; the Irish premier of Michael Fassbender-starring bopic STEVE JOBS; the return of 2014’s mental health series ILLUMINATE; a discussion by Cork resident and human rights filmmaker Peadar King and screening of his prison reform documentary YO CAMBIO; and a panel discussion led by RTÉ broadcaster Claire Byrne on ‘The Relevance and Future of Irish Content in the Broadcasting Media’. The Irish Film Council is still the festival’s primary source of funding but this year, big collaborators to watch will be RTÉ.
2015’s Cork Film Festival looks all set to deliver what it promises: ‘Films. Music. Ideas’.
See the full line up and ticket info here.