Feast of cinema and food at Cork French Film Festival

There’s a distinctive foodie flavour to this year’s Cork French Film Festival, with a feast of cinematic offerings being nicely complemented with events showcasing the Gallic nation’s legendary cuisine.

Feast of cinema and food at Cork French Film Festival

Running from March 6 to 13 at various venues in the city, and also at Ballymaloe, patrons will get classic gastronomy films, along with options for candle-lit dinners and cookery demonstrations by top chefs.

Showings of Babette’s Feast at the English Market, and The Hundred Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, at Ballymaloe, will both be accompanied by special dinners; while master chef Loic Malfait from that bastion of French culinary arts, Le Cordon Bleu, will give a demonstration at CIT’s Department of Tourism and Hospitality.

Away from the kitchen and into the world of contemporary cinema, the opening film will be the Irish premiere of Mustang, from talented French-Turkish director Dniz Gamze Erguven. Festival organisers are hoping that the film will take the gong for best foreign language feature at the Academy Awards on February 28.

The Cork French Film Festival has long punched above its weight in attracting heavyweight film figures to the event, most notably with Mathieu Amalric last year. And this year’s guest of honour will be a man who has also worked with that former Bond villain, director Nicolas Saada. He will introduce a screening of his second feature, Taj Mahal, set around the terror attacks on the Mumbai hotel in 2008, as well as leading a masterclass on film writing and directing at UCC.

Other highlights include Dheepan, the Palme d’Or winner from Cannes that was made by Jacques Audiard, the same man who directed a previous festival favourite, A Prophet.

“I am delighted by the strong contemporary element that our curator has brought to this year’s programme, including many Irish premiers, previews, along with sumptuous foodie events and screenings,” said Nora Callanan, president of the Alliance Française de Cork, at the programme launch yesterday at the Custom House in Cork.

www.corkfrenchfilmfestival.com

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