This afternoon, Cork Film Festival Unveiled it’s 2019 Programme. The 64th edition of the Festival is packed full of delights for all. The 11 day festival the largest (and original) film festival in Ireland presenting over a 120 feature films. 300 films and events are included in the packed 2019 programme, with 90% of the features, documentaries and shorts having their first screening in Cork.
Part of the Festival are a number of Irish Galas including the opening film, Ordinary Love. Starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, based on story by award-winning Irish playwright Owen McCafferty. The closing Gala The Other Lamb (our London Festival Review), a visually poetic film that echoes Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaids Tale.
The Irish Gala is Aoife Crehan’s comedy-drama debut The Last Right (14 Nov), while the Family Gala is Disney’s long-awaited Frozen 2 (17 Nov), ahead of its general release. There’s also the Irish premiere of Feras Fayyad’s gripping film on war-torn Syria The Cave as its Documentary Gala (15 Nov).
Further key Irish premieres are Le Mans ’66 (8 Nov) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles of when Ford took on Ferrari. Taika Waititi‘s anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit (15 Nov), which stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin, will be screened well ahead of its January 2020 release date; and Michael Winterbottom’s British satirical film, Greed (9 Nov), starring Steve Coogan, David Mitchell and Isla Fisher, also receives its Irish premiere.
Other highlights include The Lighthouse (16 Nov), and Portrait of a Lady on Fire (16 Nov), Alex Gibney’s acclaimed Citizen K (11 Nov). The Classics programme also includes 1964 romantic French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (16 Nov) and Tommy (9 Nov),the 20th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (16 Nov).
Cork Film Festival Programme Director Michael Hayden said: “One of the more pleasurable obligations of the work we do is looking out for new and emerging filmmakers. Few things give programmers as much of a thrill as discovering something brilliant made by someone no one has heard of, and the urge to share and celebrate those new voices is a responsibility to embrace.
This year’s Cork Film Festival programme is packed with thrilling debuts, including Annie Silverstein’s Bull, an evocative portrait of lost souls in dusty Texas; Africa by Oren Gerner, a profound and personal contemplation on aging, masculinity and nationhood from Israel; Mounia Meddour’s Papicha, a fierce feminist statement set during the Algerian Civil War in the 1990s; and Alaa Eddine Aljem’s The Unknown Saint is a deadpan delight from Morocco. Grace Glowicki’s Tito is remarkable, at turns hilarious and unsettling, while Nora Fingscheidt’s System Crasher is an important and empathetic depiction of the treatment of children with mental health issues.”
For full details of the full line-up and to book tickets (box office now opened), visit corkfilmfest.org