Cork Film Festival launches 2018 programme of 250 films

The festival, which runs from November 9-18, will showcase Irish and international films with a focus on current global issues.

Cork Film Festival launches 2018 programme of 250 films

By Olivia Kelleher

Ireland's first and largest film festival, the 63rd Cork Film Festival, which will feature films with themes centred on LGBT, mental health, child poverty, gender equality and human rights is set to take place next month. The festival, which runs from November 9-18, will showcase Irish and international films with a focus on current global issues.

Over 250 Irish and international features and shorts will be screened across the Festival. Festival CEO Fiona Clark said as a destination for great storytelling on film, this year’s programme includes numerous award-winners from the 2018 international festival circuit, alongside fresh new voices, together showcasing the latest and best independent cinema.

"For many films presented, this is the only opportunity to see them on the big screen in Cork and Ireland.”

Special presentations include a cine concert of the 1920s silent horror Nosferatu at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, with a new score by Cork composers Irene and Linda Buckley. This year’s collaboration with the National Sculpture Factory is Alan Butler’s On Exactitude in Science.

Programme Director Michael Hayden said it is a positive development that they can open the Festival with a film with such distinct Cork connections.

"Carmel Winters’ highly anticipated and award-winning second feature Float like a Butterfly is a special film that fiercely challenges patriarchy and stereotypes. Carmel, and many of the cast and crew, will be in attendance for this European premiere on 9 November.

“Selecting Float like a Butterfly as the Opening Gala is indicative of the Festival’s commitment to celebrating Irish film."

The festival will include the Irish premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos’ feminist comedy The Favourite starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; and The Dig which was awarded Best Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year.

Other Irish premieres of international features include The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford as a septuagenarian bank robber; Peter Strickland’s sumptuous and spooky tale, In Fabric; and Wash Westmoreland’s period biopic, Colette, starring Keira Knightley.

The programme features forty documentaries, with highlights to include veteran auteur Frederick Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana, and Werner Herzog’s Meeting Gorbachev, cementing Cork Film Festival as the destination festival for documentary in Ireland. In total, 117 shorts will be presented across the ten days and will be considered for either the Grand Prix Irish Short or the Grand Prix International Short Awards.

Cork Film Festival is supported by principal funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council, Screen Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland and Creative Europe Media.

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