The Cork Film Festival has released preliminary details of its programme for its 59th Edition (7 -16 November), which launches and goes on sale on Tuesday, 7 October, a month before its opening.
Highlights include the world premiere of comedy romance, Standby, directed by Rob and Ronan Burke, starring the IFTA-nominated Brian Gleeson and Jessica Paré . This film gives an account of Dublin airport worker Alan and standby passenger Alice whose previous romance came to a bitter end eight years ago.
John Boorman’s new feature Queen and Country has its Irish Premiere, after being chosen for the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It stars David Thewlis, Richard E Grant, Sinéad Cusack and Pat Shortt.
Two other dramas are announced: Flight of the Conchord’s Jermaine Clement’s mockumentary vampire housemate comedy What We Do in the Shadows and the genuinely chilling Enemy from French Canadian Denis Villeneuve with a breathtakingly bravura ‘double’ performance from Jake Gyllenhaall.
The Festival will also screen Björk: Biophilia Live. A concert film and more by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland it captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. The concert depicted was recorded at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in September 2013.
This year’s Festival features an important new event series Illuminate that uses film and discussion to explore mental health issues, presented in partnership with Arts and Minds and the financial support of the HSE.
A key film in this series sees the return to Cork of four-time Emmy Award winning Canadian documentarian John Kastner, for a special presentation of his film Out of Mind, Out of Sight. It gives an account of four patients of Brockville Mental Health Centre, a forensic psychiatric hospital for people who have committed violent crimes. As with the other three events in the series, the film is then discussed by leading experts in the field; here John is joined by Professor Harry Kennedy, Clinical Director of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum and lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, and Aine Hynes, Chair of the Irish Mental Health Law Association and leading expert in Irish Mental Health law and law reform.
The full programme will be announced on Tuesday 7 October. At 10:00 Wednesday 8 October, tickets become available for Festival Friends for 48 hours, with full public access starting 10:00 Friday 10 October. The best way to guarantee access to these screenings and other key events at the Festival is to become a Festival Friend, details of which are at corkfilmfest.org/friends.
For the full early release information on this year’s festival see corkfilmfest.org.