Phoenix & Witherspoon in Walk The Line
, screening at festival
Opening with a special gala celebration of it's 50th anniversary, the schedule for the 50th edition of the Cork Film Festival offers a diverse range of features, documentaries and shorts guaranteed to satisfy cinephiles nationwide.
The festival kicks off on the 9th of October with a gala evening entitled ‘Memories and
Dreams’ and a screening of Addictive TV's ‘Eye of The Pilot’. Other notable galas planned include; the premiere screening of the Irish Film Archive’s restored print of ‘Beloved Enemy’, Sam Goldwyn’s 1936 classic Michael Collins biopic; the Tuesday Gala screening of Cameron Crowe’s ‘Elizabethtown’ starring Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom and the Thursday gala of James Mangold’s Johnny Cash biopic ‘Walk the Line’, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reece Witherspoon (bound to interest both film and music fans having received critical acclaim in recent weeks and its leading stars already touted for Oscar glory next March).
Special retrospectives include a tribute to the Academy Award nominated Irish filmmaker Louis Marcus, a Focus on Stephen Woolley (with a screening of his directorial debut ‘Stoned’) and a screening of films by Georges Méliès, introduced by his granddaughter Marie Helene and accompanied by live music from Méliès's great-grandson.
As always, the short film programme looks enticing with the National and International shorts competitions, the Film Board Shorts, Lasair and the Oscailt shorts featuring some of Ireland’s finest upcoming talent.
Other highlights of the festival include the feature documentary ‘March of The Penguins’, Tim Burton’s animated feature ‘The Corpse Bride’, Carols Reygadas’ controversial ‘Battle In Heaven’, the Irish premiere of Billy O'Brien’s ‘Isolation’ and the festival’s closing feature, John Hillcoat’s ‘The Proposition’.
Visit the Cork Film Festival website for further info and bookings.