The 52nd Corona Cork Film Festival, which takes place from October 14th -21st, has announced this year’s line up, which includes international documentaries, drive-ins, an Irish showcase and short films from across the globe.
The festival opens with Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘No Country For Old Men’, and close on October 21st with Ang Lee’s award-winning ‘Lust Caution’.
International features at the fest include ‘4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days’. Set in Communist Romania in 1987, the film portrays the difficulties and consequences which arise when Otilia helps her friend and roommate get a late-term abortion, illegal in Communist Romania.
Films from home grown talent include John Crowley’s ‘Boy A’, which follows young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child, as he tries to start a new life with a new identity while still hiding his past.
This year the festival plays tribute to American film director and screenwriter John Dahl. A master of the film noir genre, Dahl will attend the screening of his latest film ‘You Kill Me’, starring Oscar Winner Ben Kingsley, and will take part in a public interview on Saturday October 20th at 12.30pm in the Crawford Art Gallery.
A Wall is a Screen, supported by the Goethe Institute, is a quirky project from Hamburg which combines a guided city tour of Cork with a film night: audiences stop at various walls and watching a selection of shorts.
Another festival highlight is ‘My Grandmother’, a silent Russian film made in 1929 and banned by the Soviet Regime for 40 years. The eight-piece Beth Custer Ensemble will perform live at the film’s screening at the Cork Opera House on Monday October 15th.
This year sees the return of the Drive In, which takes place at the old Fords distribution site on the Centre Park Road and will screen classic films including ‘Roadhouse’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’.
John Smith’s ‘Hotel Diaries’ will be screened at a room in Jury's Hotel. ‘Hotel Diaries’ is an ongoing series of video recordings made in hotel rooms, all of which relate personal experiences to contemporary world events.
Short film awards this year include the Absolut Award for Best Irish Short, the Prix UIP for Best European Short Film, the Irish Examiner Made in Cork Award the Outlook Award for Best Lesbian and Gay Short Film and the Gradam Gael Linn.
"I am delighted with the shape and content of this year's festival and audiences will not be disappointed,” said festival director, Mick Hannigan. “From the superb Opening Gala, to the Drive-In movies,to the screenings on the street, from Masterclasses to festival parties, there is a rich and varied diet in store for festival goers."
Tickets for all events can be purchased from October 6th at the Corona Cork Film Festival Box Office, 56 Patrick’s Street, Top of Market Lane, Cork (Tel: 021 4272263) or online at www.corkfilmfest.org.