Preview of Irish Film at Cork Film Festival 2016

The 61st Cork Film Festival runs 11-20 November 2016 and provides an eclectic mix of films, music and ideas. This year’s Irish films promise something for everyone.


In View (Ciaran Creagh)
Gate Cinema – 12th November @ 6.30pm

Ruth’s life is one of burgeoning guilt dominated by rage, alcoholism, depression and self-loathing which has its origins in a once off drunken indiscretion with a work colleague some years previous.  Having lost all that was dear to her, Ruth is still trying to seek out help but is coming to realise that there is only one course of action that may placate her soul.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the director.

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Rebel Rossa (Williams Rossa Cole)
Gate Cinema – 13th November @ 1.30pm


Rebel Rossa is a personal investigation into the life and legacy of the Irish rebel Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa by his American great-grandsons told within the context of the controversies leading up to the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland.

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Out of Innocence (Danny Hiller)
Triskel Christchurch – 13th November @ 3pm

An incredible story of injustice, prejudice, state bias, religious dogma, tragedy and the power of family and law. Based on real events in 20th century Ireland.

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Further Beyond (Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor)
Triskel Christchurch – 13th November @ 6pm

In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th century figure Ambrose O’Higgins and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues. As they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative powers of travelling.

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Trailers (Rouzbeh Rashidi)
Triskel Christchurch – 13th November @ 8.15pm

Rashidi’s ongoing exploration into the nature of cinema sees a group of characters adrift in space, each locked into their own sexual rituals while a cataclysm of universal proportions unfolds. This visionary spectacle uses multiple formats and visual textures in weaving an erotic anti-narrative suspended in its own space and time.

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From Metamorphosis…(Clare Langan)

Gate Cinema – 15th November @ 12pm


The sublime nature of Clare Langan’s work fixes us in place in previously unimagined ways, while simultaneously opening up our understanding of place and space to an ever-vaster range of in uences. Clare Langan’s artistic practice spans cinema, video art, and multi-screen installation. She will screen works from Metapmorphosis (2007) to Flight from the City (2015). Presented in association with the National Sculpture Factory.

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A Dark Song (Liam Gavin)
Triskel Christchurch – 15th November @ 9pm

A Dark Song follows Sophia, a young mother grief-stricken by the untimely death of her son who seeks out a misanthropic occultist to help her find peace through demonic revenge. However, Sophia soon discovers that the path of black magic is one not treaded lightly. As they delve deeper into one another and the forces they hope to contact, the two main characters undertake an arduous and anguishing psychological journey that not only threatens their lives but their souls as well.

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 Visual Fictions (Aideen Barry)

Gate Cinema – 16th November @ 12pm



Aideen Barry presents four video works: Levitating, Possession, Not to be Known or Named and Enshrine. Her practice incorporates performance, moving image, drawing and sculptural manifestations. Barry’s performative films often involve huge physical and endurance commitments that manifest as visual fictions, meditating on feminist observations and the monstrous female.

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Peter McVerry: A View from the Basement (RTÉ)

Triskel Christchurch – 16th November @ 1pm



State negligence. Abdication of Ireland’s most vulnerable citizens. A legacy of political indifference. And what a legacy. Destruction of communities. Forced removals. Addiction and homelessness. Forty years and more. And still it goes on. And for forty years human rights activist and Jesuit priest Peter McVerry has railed against such abandonment. In this hour-long documentary McVerry re-lives those dark decades. But there is resilience there too – and humour – as some of those who’ve survived addiction and homelessness join Fr McVerry in telling that story. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Fr Peter McVerry S.J., Peadar King (KMF Productions) and Fiona Dukelow (School of Applied Social Studies, UCC). Courtesy of RTÉ

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The Randomer (Naji Bechara, Caoimhe Clancy, Iseult Imbert)
Gate Cinema – 16th November @ 7.30pm


The Randomer is a modern Irish comedy about sex, love and babies. The film follows Meg, a free-spirited woman who enjoys the perfect life. She has a great job only minutes away from her city apartment, with trendy bars, cafés and nightlife on her doorstep. Life without kids is a blast, until she starts to think the unthinkable: she wants a baby. Now it’s a race against time to find an uncomplicated man for just one night. The Randomer is the Filmbase Master Students’ 2016 feature film, with all elements of the film produced by the members of the class, from pre-production to post production, marketing and distribution.

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Power on the Box (RTÉ)

Gate Cinema – 17th November @ 1.00pm

What impact did the arrival of television have on the way the Irish state ‘did Democracy’? 55-years after the establishment of Teilifís Eireann and in the wake of historic elections on both sides of the Atlantic, it is timely to assess if television has purified or perverted the way in which our politicians perform their public duties. In the chamber, on the campaign trail, in the count centre and in gladiatorial debate, did the unrelenting glare of the audience hold our public representatives to account or to ransom? Power on the Box tells this rollercoaster story. Authored by Harry McGee, and commissioned by RTÉ, it is the tale of how TV changed Irish politics forever. Courtesy of RTÉ

Frank O’Connor – Idir Dhá Shruth (Liam O’Muirthile)
Gate Cinema – 17th November @ 1.45pm


Poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile tells the forgotten story of Frank O’Connor.

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Bobby Sands: 66 Days (Brendan J Byrne)
Triskel Christchurch – 17th November @ 5.30pm

Using eye-witness testimony, unseen archive, reconstructions and animation, this cinematic odyssey serves as both the definitive account of a self-created Irish martyr and a seismic moment in 20th century Irish history, the legacy of which we continue to live with today.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A, hosted by UCC Screen Artist in Residence, Hugh Travers.

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I Am Not a Serial Killer (Billy O’Brien)
Everyman Theatre – 17th November @ 20.45pm

Sixteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer—but he has all the makings of one. Keeping his homicidal tendencies and morbid obsessions with death and murder in check is a constant struggle that only gets harder when a real serial killer begins terrorizing his sleepy Midwestern town. Now, in order to track down a psychopath and protect those around him, John must unleash his darkest inner demons. Based on the cult novel by Dan Wells, this twisted, genre-bending thriller co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with dir. Billy O’Brien and prod. Nick Ryan.

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Know All
Triskel Christchurch – November 18th, 1pm


A Documentary by Loosehorse for RTÉ co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Anne-Marie Tomchak was born and reared on a farm in rural Longford. But as the newly appointed Editor of Mashable UK, she is quickly becoming one of the most influential voices in a brave new digital world. Anne- Marie brings her expertise home, as she explores how digital fingerprints are rapidly becoming the most valuable commodity in the world’s economy. As the lines of public and private domains blur and technology forces society to abandon the notion of anonymity, Anne-Marie asks whether Big Data is selling Ireland short. Courtesy of RTÉ.

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Forever Pure (Maya Zinshtein)
Gate Cinema – 18th November @ 7pm


Beitar Jerusalem FC is known for having the most controversial fans in the Israeli soccer league. Their most loyal – and most right-wing – fans are known as ‘la Familia’ and pride themselves that the team has remained ‘forever pure’, never having fielded an Arab player. When in 2012 the team selects two Chechen Muslims to join the squad, controversy, racism and hatred embroil the team. This Irish co-produced documentary is a disturbing portrait of a society rife with extreme nationalism, and a timely topic when right-wing politics globally is on the rise.

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Crash and Burn (Tommy Byrne)
Gate Cinema – 19th November @3.45pm

For a fleeting moment in the early ’80s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest driver, the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one. Eddie Jordan the former team-owner, who worked with both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, will tell you: ‘Forget Schuey and Senna – Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.’ From troubling Ayrton Senna and making it to F1 in the ’80s to driving for gun-toting Mexicans in the ’90s, it’s the antithesis of a fairytale and it’s all true.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the director.

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Between Land and Sea (Ross Whitaker)
Gate Cinema – 19th November @ 6.45pm


A year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean. This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end.

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the cast and crew.

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From the Land of Mhúscraí
Gate Cinema – 20th November @ 11.15am


This creative documentary explores the works of contemporary artists living in the Mhúscraí Gaeltacht of West County Cork, tracing the links between their work and the landscape that inspires them in a colourful, multi-facteted exploration of the artistic process.

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We are Moving: Memories of Miss Moriarty
Triskel Christchurch – November 20th, 12pm


An intimate portrait of Joan Denise Moriarty, a visionary who overcame enormous odds by doggedly following her dream of bringing an uniquely Irish form of ballet to every corner of Ireland. This is a celebration of the artist, the dancer, and the woman who was best known, loathed, and loved as Miss Moriarty.

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Gate Cinema – November 20th, 1pm

Playwright Ed Smith once had the Dublin theatre scene at his feet but his most recent encounters with the critics have left him feeling bruised. The passing away of his father prompts him to return to Mayo. A prickly character, he rubs people up the wrong way until some friendly advice reconnects him to what is important.

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Gate Cinema – November 20th, 3.15pm

Irish/Belgian co-production Brother (Broer) tells the story of a Belgian man who impersonates his deceased brother and travels to Ireland, where an Irish woman, Grace (Alison Doody), wants to revive a 20-year-old affair. The film was shot on location in Bantry and West Cork during 2015, and features Bantry House and the iconic scenery of West Cork.

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Cardboard Gangsters
Gate Cinema – 20th November @ 5.30pm


Starring, and co-written, by John Connors, director Mark O͛ Connor’s drama is an uncompromising, authentic examination of the cyclical nature of gangland crime in contemporary Ireland. This powerful drama is at once an intoxicating blend of high-octane violence and crime, and a sobering condemnation of the circumstances that trap people in the lifestyle with no hope of escape. Cardboard Gangsters is produced by Richard Bolger for Five Knight Films, in association with O’Connor’s Stalker Films. The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3, with TV3 acquiring the broadcast rights to the film.

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A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. The programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and animation, contemporary and period pieces.

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In the elegant surroundings of former picture house The Everyman Theatre we present a special screening of the locally-sourced short films that played in competition.

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Irish Shorts 1: The Cycle of Life

The 61st Cork Film Festival takes place November 11th to 20th.

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