Jean-Claude Carrière will tomorrow (Thursday, 8th March 2012) arrive in Ireland for the 23rd Cork French Film Festival, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy.

The acclaimed French writer will give a screen talk at 5.30pm at the The Kane Building, University College Cork (UCC) on ‘Pierre Étaix and the Art of Writing Comedy for Cinema’. The talk is open to the public and is free of charge.

His long time friend and colleague Pierre Étaix, with whom he won an Oscar in 1963 for their collaboration on Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary), is this year’s Festival star. Following their Academy Award®, the two wrote and directed the feature film, ‘The Suitor’, which began a fruitful partnership that blossomed into one of the most acclaimed of 1960’s comic cinema.

Thursday night, he will also host a question and answer session at The Gate Cinema in Cork following a screening of his 1969 film Le Grand Amour starring Étaix. Beginning at 9pm, the film tells the story of Pierre, a happily married man until the arrival of a new secretary turns his world upside down. Indulging in absurd fantasies and utterly distracted, Pierre is faced with overwhelming dilemmas with comedic results.

The 23rd Cork French Film Festival, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy, is a week-long festival which sees a host of Irish Premieres, preview screenings, masterclasses and live events in venues throughout Cork. Among the festival highlights yet to come this week are a live cine-concert of The Passion of Joan of Arc, with a specially commissioned score by composer Linda Buckley; a screening of Belleville Rendez-Vous, an original stage adaptation of Sylvian Chomet’s Acadamy Award nominated animation film; a gala evening at Ballymaloe House with dinner; a screening of Max Linder’s Seven Year’s Bad Luck; and the Festival ends with a cine-concert of Desperado, with live soundtrack by bikini machine.

For event tickets and for further information, see or read our extensive festival programme listing here.


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