As the oldest film festival in the country, Cork Film Festival seems in pretty good shape. It will open its doors on the 6th of November for ten days featuring a rather interesting programme, as well as the Irish premiere of the eagerly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet.
“It is a festival of firsts – explained its Artistic Director James Mullinghan at a presentation in London last week – we have added new venues including the Everyman theatre, St Luke’s Church and the Pavilion. We have a new documentary competition and we will screen over 50 Irish short films. For the first time in Cork, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will perform the live score to David Lean’s romantic masterpiece, Brief Encounter, on the Cork Opera House stage”.
The 60th edition also includes a new partner, RTÉ, while the Arts Council Ireland continues its long-standing work as the Festival’s primary funder.
Another first for this year will see the winners of the Irish Grand Prix presented by RTÉ Cork and, the winner of the Grand Prix International, automatically progress to the Oscars long list for consideration. The festival will also feature a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Irish musician Rory Gallagher’s death.
English actor, director and author Simon Callow, a graduate of Queen’s University in Belfast, will also join the event, where he will give an extended introduction to Orson Welles’ classic F For Fake and introduce his third volume on Welles’ life called One Man Band.
“This festival is all about films, music and ideas”, explained Mullinghan. “Cork Film Festival has plenty to keep everyone entertained. It is one year older that London Film Festival’s and we feel we have something for everyone. We also want to promote Cork as a destination. After all, it is closer that Edinburgh”.
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