The 59th festival, which runs from November 7-16, and was launched last night at the River Lee Hotel in Cork, will also spread its wings beyond its traditional city confines, with screenings in Mallow and Midleton.
“I want the festival to be one for the whole county and not just for the city,” said festival creative director James Mullighan.
“I am very grateful to our new venue partners, the Gate Cinema, for allowing this expansion this year, small as it is, we are looking forward to doing it on a grander scale for our 60th birthday.”
Film highlights include the Irish premiere of John Boorman’s new offering, Queen and Country, starring David Thewlis and Sinéad Cusack; Björk: Biophilia Live, a London concert performance from the Icelandic singer of her acclaimed multimedia project; and the first chance for audiences in this country to see All Is By My Side, a tale of a young Jimi Hendrix that was partly filmed in Dublin, starring OutKast’s Andre Benjamin.
Among the four Irish features showing at the festival is comedy romance Standby, with Brian Gleeson of Ireland’s latest acting dynasty, and Jessica Paré, the Canadian actress who also plays Don Draper’s wife Megan in Mad Men.
A HSE-supported screening of Out of Mind, Out of Sight, John Kastner’s documentary on a Canadian psychiatric facility for people who have committed violent crimes, will also have a discussion between the director and a panel that will include Prof Harry Kennedy, clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital in Co Dublin.
As well as the film offerings, Christy Moore will chat to Philip King on stage at Cork Opera House as part of two screenings featuring the Kildare singer — a concert film recorded at Barrowland in Glasgow in 2009, and King’s 1994 documentary, Christy.
Speaking at the launch, creative director Mullighan said: “Films inform, inspire, and educate us, and that is a main way we deploy them at this festival, which prides itself on being one of discursive exploration that generates thought-provoking conversations.”
Australian-born Mullighan was appointed in 2013 following the departure of long-term CEO Mick Hannigan and the opening film of the festival, Charlie’s Country, reflects the growing reputation of his home country in world cinema.
A full programme is now available through the festival’s website: www.corkfilmfest.org