Preview of Irish Film at Cork Film Festival: The Lord’s Burning Rain

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The 58th Cork Film Festival (9 – 17 November)

The Lord’s Burning Rain

Sunday, 10th November, 14:00

Cork Opera House
Tickets €6.00
89 Minutes

Adapted from the 2005 short story of the same name, the Irish feature, The Lord’s Burning Rain, will screen at this year’s Cork Film Festival. The film draws on Homer’s Odyssey and is set in the Sheha Mountains of West Cork against a backdrop of Ireland’s war of Independence.

The director, Maurice O’Callaghan, told Film Ireland, “Nineteen years after Maureen O’Hara launched my last international feature film, Broken Harvest, at Cork, I’m delighted to return with my latest feature, The Lord’s Burning Rain. The film is produced by my daughter Maud aged only 21 and written and directed by myself”.

The film tells the story of Donnchadh Diarmuid, a 16-year-old who sets out with his father and uncles to buy a horse. When they leave him to ride the horse home he embarks on a journey where he encounters a seductive tinker woman, a Protestant farmer and some ghostly apparitions, and takes tentative steps to adulthood.

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‘Barzakh’ Selected for Cork Film Festival

Cork-based production company StormLight has managed to bring the wilds of Afghanistan (and the Eifel Tower) to Co.Cork for their latest short film Barzakh, which has been selected for the 58th Cork Film Festival. Based on true events, Barzakh follows Rabah’s (Moncef Mansur) escape from the horrors of war-torn Afghanistan through the rebuilding of his life under the Irish Asylum system.
“I knew that if I was going to tell Rabah’s story in a convincing way, we needed to root him in his home and show his original life and family. So we set about tracking down the right kind of quarry with locations manager Brian Oglanby, and then added some amazing VFX and Grading work from Jim Duggan and the guys at Screen Scene.” explained Barzakh’s director Donogh MacCarthy-Morrogh. 

The project was part of KASI’s (Killarney Asylum Seeker Iniative) awareness raising initiative and was part funded by the European Union .Produced by Odette Norman of StormLight, Barzakh premiered at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in May, where it picked up two nominations for “Best in Cork” and “Best Original Score”. Barzakh went on to win joint “Best in Cork” at the Dare Media Underground Film Festival.


The Cork Film Festival runs 9-17 November


Cork Film Festival Kicks Off

The 54th Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland’s oldest film festival which will take place from 1–8 November, launched its programme of events on Thursday, 22nd October. The festival will open with the screening of The Boys are Back starring Clive Owen (Closer).

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Volunteers for Cork Film Festival

Cork Film Festival is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the 53rd edition of the Festival, which will take place 12–19 October, 2008.

Volunteer work is available in the following areas: Box Office, Venues, Print Transport, Production, Guest Reception, Press Reception and Market Research.

Benefits to be gained include free passes to screenings, meeting Irish and international delegates and learning new skills.

Deadline for application: 15th September. For further information, please click here.