Camden Palace Hotel, the multi-disciplinary artist-led space in Cork’s city centre, is to host the first ever Irish screening of the documentary The Punk Syndrome. The film follows the emergence of Helsinki’s punk rock outfit ‘Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät’ from their rehearsal room to cult success. The band members play loud raucous punk in the style of The Ramones raging against their treatment by society. No different from any other punk band, except the four men who make up ‘Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät’, Perti, Kari, Toni and Sami; all have an intellectual disability.

The Punk Syndrome has garnered plaudits internationally, screening across Europe and the US on the film festival circuit picking up awards, the most recent of which came at SXSW where it received the audience award in the festival’s global section. It has proved a hit with it’s no nonsense approach to potentially sentimental subject matter. A life-affirming humanist story, according to Variety: “this thin-ice-treading docu opens a window onto alternative culture, human nature and the very narrow line between so-called normal people and those on the fringe.”


The film is being screened as part of Camden Palace Hotel’s weekly Cinéastea film night and will take place onTuesday 4 June at 8pm. Cinéastea aims to extend the rich variety of film works available to Cork audiences by showing diverse and thought-provoking films from around the world. The current summer programme is in full swing and will run until the end of July.


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