This year the festival will screen over 300 Irish and International Feature Films, World Cinema, Documentaries and Short Films from all over the world. Eight days and nights of dynamic, illuminating and innovative cinema in Cork!
The festival will open with the screening of The Great Flood, directed by Bill Morrison and inspired by the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance on the Cork Opera House stage by the legendary jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell and his Quartet.
Directed by Oscar-winning writer Martin McDonagh, the acclaimed Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell will close the festival on November 18. Other feature highlights include Reality by Italian director of Gomorra, Matteo Garrone – winning of the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival; The Oranges – a romantic comedy starring Hugh Laurie; My father and the man in Black – the untold story of Johhny Cash; Les Invisibles – an insightful glimpse into the lives of older gay men and lesbians; and a number of Irish documentaries.
Switching to the short section of the festival, the programme is varied and vast. Starting with the International Programme in which 51 Shorts from 24 countries were selected from the 2,500 submitted! Among the many highlights we have found a title well known at Rushes: Long Distance Information by Scottish director Douglas Hart, who took home The Rushes’ Short Film Award 2012 with his story detailing a strained father-son relationship and screening Peter Mullan.
A selection of Irish short films, includes drama, comedy, animation, documentary and experimental films with films in English and in Gaelic. Sassie’s Gran by Derville Quigley shortlisted at Rushes Soho Shorts this year. A documentary which looks at the relationship between Belfast woman Jean (beauty queen in the 1960s) and her grandson Scott, who works as a drag artist.
Part of the short programme there are two special sections to mention: one for local filmmaking talent the Made in Cork Programme and a focus on the weird and wonderful world of Belgian short film.
There are also several programmes and hands on workshops especially for children including the one in which under the supervision of director Jane Lee of Paper Plane Creations parents and children will bring stop-motion creations to life. Screenings include the Cork premiere of Private Peaceful, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Greene and the eco-documentary Trashed, narrated by Jeremy Irons.
The festival will also be home to a variety of industry events, masterclasses and special presentations including two workshops on Making your first documentary and The Dark Arts of Post Production.
For more information go to www.corkfilmfest.org