Knightley and Coppola light up film fest

A FILM by American director Mark Romanek based on the novel Never Let Me Go by Booker- winning author Kazuo Ishiguro is to open Cork Film Festival.

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere has been chosen as the closing film for the festival, which runs from November 7-14.

The festival will launch its full programme on Thursday, October 28, and tickets will be available from Saturday, October 30, at the festival box office at Cork Opera House. Details of the festival’s programmes are available at the website, www.corkfilmfest.org.

Kazuo Ishiguro is best known as the author of The Remains of the Day. The film is described as “a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths that poses the fundamental question: what makes us human?”

Never Let Me Go stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley as three friends who spend their childhood at Hellsham, an idyllic English boarding school where they unearth a dark secret about their future.

Somewhere, meanwhile, reunites Coppola with the film company with which she made Lost in Translation. Her new film has already won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Somewhere stars Stephen Dorff as an actor whose dissolute existence as a resident of the luxury Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood is disrupted by the arrival of his 11-year-old daughter.

Among the documentaries being screened this year is Sé Merry Doyle’s Dreaming the Quiet Man, which features veteran actress Maureen O’Hara discussing her work with John Wayne on the making of John Ford’s classic film The Quiet Man in Cong, Co Mayo in 1952.

The documentary also features contributions from the directors Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Sheridan and Martin Scorcese, who recalls how great an influence The Quiet Man had on his own film, the Jake LaMotta biopic Raging Bull.

Dreaming the Quiet Man screens at 8.30pm on November 12 at Cork Opera House.

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