The Cork Film Festival celebrates its diamond anniversary this year with a ten-day event taking place from 6 to 15 November. As always the event-packed festival line-up includes a fantastic selection of Irish films.
11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski)
6th November, 20:00 Cork Opera House / Book here
Jerzy Skolimowski’s revisits the same 11-minute period in the lives of several different characters over and over. A sleazy Hollywood director auditions an actress. A jealous husband is out of control. An elderly man calmly sketches a bridge. A high-rise window cleaner takes an illicit break. A team of paramedics rush a pregnant woman to hospital. An ex-con serves hot dogs to hungry nuns, whilst a dog does what dogs do do (but see this from the dog’s point of view).
Review of 11 Minutes
Cloud of Skin (Maximilian Le Cain)
Deeply haunted by the memory of his dead lover, a man wanders through the sites of their encounters. The dead woman, a blind visionary, has transferred her perceptual powers to him as part of their undying bond.
Lost in the Living (Robert Manson)
Oisín, a musician from Dublin, travels to Berlin with his band, buzzing with the potential for adventure. He leaves behind the weight of losing his mother and an anger towards his absent father. Oisín meets Sabine, a pretty young Berliner, who shows him the secret places that belong to the people who live in the city; hot parks, uninhabited stations, and lakes in the countryside where the free body culture is still active. These pleasures are thrown into chaos when Sabine reveals that she has a boyfriend and the futility of Oisín’s situation dawns on him. His band have left, he’s lonely, homesick, homeless and broke. He embraces the darkness, tumbles through the void and out the other side.
Review of Lost in the Living
Genius of George Boole (Oxford Film and Television)
The huge impact of George Boole’s work on technology today is explored in this new film commissioned by University College Cork. Asked at one point if he thinks Boole is important, Lord David Puttnam retorts “I guess, no George Boole, no Google, no Amazon, no Intel. That makes him pretty important”. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons and produced by multi award-winning Oxford Film and Television, the film assembles industry leaders and academics from across the globe to explore the life and importance of one of the world’s greatest unsung heroes.
Take the Boat (Camille Hamet, Serena Robi)
At a time of momentous change and debate in Ireland, with people taking to the streets to campaign for abortion rights this timely documentary looks at the stories of women and families who have been forced to leave Ireland for abortions. Take the Boat looks at the stigma and silence that surrounds the issue of abortion in Ireland.
Older Than Ireland (Alex Fegan)
Older Than Ireland features thirty men and women aged 100 years and over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. The films observational style offers a rare insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals.
Review of Older Than Ireland
Brutal, over-crowded and violent: that is the reputation of South America’s prisons. And with good reason. “When I came here I was shaking”, one prisoner admitted. “All anyone knew about the place were the massacres. There were people who’d cut your head off without fear. It was the law of the jungle. As soon as you entered you were told: see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing”. But change is coming to El Salvador’s prisons. Slowly. How? Yo Cambio.
The Hallow (Corin Hardy) 8th November, 20.00
A family who move into a remote milllhouse in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.
Review of The Hallow
Brand New U (Simon Pummell)
The organisation BRAND NEW-U identifies networks of Identicals – “people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives” – and helps their customers make a life upgrade: eliminating the Better-Life donor, and relocating their client to that Brand New life. But errors can occur, and a Brand New life can cost more than expected.
Review of Brand New-U
Moscow Never Sleeps (Johnny O’Reilly)
Moscow Never Sleeps is a multi-narrative drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. The film dives headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people: An Entreprenuer whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats, a Teenage Girl mired in the misery of a broken home, A Young man forced to chose between his girlfriend and his grandmother; a beautiful Singer torn apart by the pursuit of two men and an ailing Film Star who gets embroiled in a bizarre kidnapping. Over the course of one day, their lives will change forever.
Review of Moscow Never Sleeps
An ordinary young man living in 1950s Ireland with an extraordinary ambition: to become an international circus star as a lion tamer. ‘Fortune’s Wheel’ is also a love story about Bill and his young and beautiful wife Mai, from East Wall. Their double act, Jungle Capers, Bill Stephens and Lovely Partner, was a series of death-defying feats with a troupe of lions and dogs designed to thrill audiences in the circus tent and on the theatre stage. With this act they hoped to move to the United States and break free from the suffocating reality of Irish life at that time. However things went terribly wrong when, in November 1951, one of their animals escaped. The story gained national and international attention and also set in train a series of events that would lead to tragedy. It is only now – after 60 years of both myth making and silence – that two families and a community have come together to tell the story in full.
Review of Fortune’s Wheel
After The Dance (Daisy Asquith)
In this funny and moving documentary, acclaimed film-maker Daisy Asquith tells the very personal story of her mother’s conception after a dance in the 1940s on the remote west coast of Ireland.
Life is Sacred (Andreas Dalsgaard)
A story about a fearless politician and his devoted followers. With an army of young people hoping for change, he uses mimes, pencils, flashmobs and superhero costumes to attack the corruption and violence in Colombia. A young woman falls in love with the movement, but to change a society penetrated by illegality, turns out to be much more difficult than she ever anticipated.
Monged (David Prendeville, Brian Quinn, Rory Mullen)
Dave is a wannabe drug dealer stuck with a batch of experimental new pills, Ray is a failing club DJ getting by on a daytime radio slot, and socially awkward office worker Bernard just turned up to the wrong party by mistake. When Dave enlists Bernard’s help to test out his new consignment, the weekend descends into a riotous cocktail of narcotics, booze, clubs and parties. Embarking on a series of drug-fuelled misadventures, the three lads get more from the weekend then they’d ever bargained for.
Deargdhúil: Anatomy of Passion (Paula Kehoe)
Born in 1922, the story of Máire Mhac an tSaoi is set against a backdrop of a tumultuous century in Irish history in which she and her family were centrally involved. Deargdhúil, Anatomy of Passion explores her life, work and sensual poetic imagination. It is told from an intimate perspective through dramatic representations of a sequence of poems re-imagined and choreographed as short films intercut with rare documentary footage and the poet’s own commentary on her life and work.
Shem The Penman Sings Again (Pádraig Trehy)
Shem The Penman is an imagined archive of the actual and much fabled friendship of James Joyce and John McCormack.
Review of Shem the Penman Sings Again
Strangerland (Kim Farrant)
New to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, the Parker family is thrown into crisis when Catherine and Matthew discover that their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits the town.
The Legend of Longwood (Lisa Mulcahy)
Mickey Miller is a 12-year-old New Yorker whose move to Longwood, a windswept town in Ireland, coincides with the return of the legendary, evil Black Knight. Mickey and her new friend Sean – along with Silver, a wild stallion – set out to redeem the Knight. First she must save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the plans of a greedy woman – a mighty handful even for the bravest girl!
Deach an Dorais (Paddy Hayes)
The kind of tale handed down through families for generations, Name Your Poison brings to life the legend of Mike Malloy, the man who wouldn’t die. The unwitting subject of life insurance fraud at the hands of prohibition-era gangster Tony Marino, Malloy dodges poison, car accidents and exposure to extreme conditions. Combining accounts from experts with beautifully recreated scenes of 1930s Brooklyn, this Irish language documentary immortalizes Malloy’s astonishing story with aplomb and energy, while providing a fresh approach to often explored questions regarding the Irish abroad.
Review of Deach an Dorais
Fading Away (Edwina Casey, David Johnson, Lisa Winstanley)14th November, 20:45 Gate Cinema /Book Now
Ardi, the front-woman in a struggling rock band, has a diehard belief that her music will change the world – the problem is finding enough of an audience that agrees.
The Great Wall (Tadgh O’Sullivan)
This bold documentary, an adaptation of a Kafka story, looks at the enclosure of Europe by a complex system of walls and fences. Mysterious and visually dazzling, the film journeys across a range of European landscapes, and encounters those whose lives are defined by these walls. The film journeys from a Spanish enclave in North Africa where the border with Europe is marked by a three-metre barbed fence, to London and Brussels, seats of power and exclusion. Returning to the Festival after Yximalloo in 2014, O’Sullivan’s directorial strength is underpinned by his fine editing and sound artistry. (Sunniva O’Flynn).
Review of The Great Wall
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