The Cork Film Festival turns 60
by Naman Ramachandran
- 11 Minutes, Carol to bookend festival
The Cork Film Festival (6-15 November) is turning 60. Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes [+see also:
Q&A: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile] will open the festival and Todd Haynes’ Carol [+see also:
film profile] will close. This year’s Irish gala will be Kim Farrant’s Strangerland [+see also:
film profile]. The festival will screen over 50 Irish shorts, almost half of which were made in Cork. This year, the winners of the Grand Prix Irish presented by RTÉ Cork and, the winner of the Grand Prix International, will automatically progress to the Oscars longlist for consideration for the first time ever.
One of the special events of the Festival will be a discussion by Cork resident and human rights filmmaker Peadar King, ahead of a screening of his prison reform documentary Yo Cambio, about a self-governing prison in El Salvador. British actor Simon Callow will give an extended introduction to Orson Welles’ classic F For Fake, marking the 100th anniversary of the auteur’s birth.
Other film highlights made with participation from the Irish Film Board include Robert Manson’s Lost in the Living, Simon Pummell’s Brand New-U [+see also:
film profile], Johnny O’Reilly’s Moscow Never Sleeps, Pádraig Trehy’s Shem the Penman Sings Again, Lisa Mulcahy’s The Legend of Longwood [+see also:
film profile], Alex Fegan’s Older Than Ireland and Daisy Asquith’s After the Dance.
The festival is principally funded by the Arts Council Ireland.