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Markets and Festival News 17/9/98
17 Sep 1998 :
Cork Film Festival

The following are the titles that have been confirmed for the Cork Film Festival as of the 11/09/98.

Divorcing Jack
(Opening Film)

Directed by Joe O'Byrne, (Writer of Korea) starring Mike Myers and Brenda Fricker

Sweetie Barrett
starring Brendan Gleeson, directed by Stephen Bradley and produced by Ed Guiney.

formerly called "Hooligans" directed by Paul Tickell.

2 X 4
directed by Jimmy Shorthorn.

Southpaw the amazing Francie Barrett documentary
directed by Liam McGrath.

Titanic Town
directed by Roger Michell.

Central Station

Velvet Goldmine
The Todd Haynes directed film that an award at Edinburgh. Great music, and it features Ewan McGregor and Cork's own Jonathan Rhys-Myers.

The Exorcist
The classic back in the Cork Film Festival 25 years after its first screening.

The Last Days of Disco
The new film from Walt Stillman ("Metropolitan" and "Barcelona")

The Dreamlife of Angels

The Governess
The OTHER film featuring Cork's own Jonathan Rhys-Myers.

the Award winning film from Sundance.

Other events in the festival will include 'Made In Cork' - Year Two: The series from Cork film makers is back, bigger and better and Aboriginal shorts: Two strands of new shorts from indigenous Australian filmmakers.

The Special Event this year is 'Murnau's Sunrise' performed with a 13 piece orchestral accompaniment a specially commissioned piece to accompany The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra.

The Grand Café Screening @ The Farmgate, the English Market. The atmosphere of the silent cinema is recreated. And of course there will be the usual array of seminars, special events, workshops, etc.

A new feature this year is UNREEL:- The brand new programme for young people with special screenings, workshops, seminars etc.

The Cork Film Festival can be contacted at:

The Cork Film Festival, 11/12 Marlboro Street, Cork. Tel: +353 21 278580 Fax: +353 21 278581 e-mail: ciff@indigo.ie www.corkfilmfest.org


23rd Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-19)

Gala Screenings

August 32nd

On Earth
(Canada) Alliance Independent Films - Denis Villeneuve

(US) Dreamworks UIP - Eric Darnell

Central Station
(Braz-Fr) Le Studio Canal Plus - Walter Salles

Dancing At Lughnasa
(Ire-UK-US) Capitol Films - Pat O'Connor

Dog Park
(Can) Lions Gate - Bruce McCulloch

L'Ecole De La Chair
(Fr) Flach Pyramide - Benoit Jacquote

(UK) PolyGram Film Entertainment - Shekhar Kapur

Hilary And Jackie
(UK) Intermedia - Ananad Tucker

Judas Kiss
(US) Buena Vista - Sebastian Gutierrez

LA Without A Map
(UK-Fra-Fin-Lux) CLT/UFA - Mika Kaurismaki

(Fr) Le Studio Canal Plus - Rodger Plachon

Little Voice
(UK-US) Miramax - Mark Herman

Living Out Loud
(US) New Line - Richard LaGravenese

(US) New Line - Gary Ross

The Red Violin
(Can-It) New Line - Francois Girard

A Simple Plan
(US) Mutual Films - Sam Raimi

Soldiers Sweetheart
(US) Paramount -Thomas Michael Donnelly

Without Limits
(US) Warner Bros - Robert Towne

Slamdance '99

September 17th Gala Premiere of Six-String Samurai

Los Angles - Palm Pictures and Ignite Entertainment announced last week that they will be sponsoring the gala Los Angeles premiere of Lance Mungia's debut feature 'Six-String Samurai as a benefit for the Slamdance Film Festival. The film is the inaugural release for music and film entrepreneur Chris Blackwell's new company Palm Pictures, which acquired the film shortly after it won two awards at last January's Slamdance festival in Park City, Utah. Palm is releasing the film in a limited national run starting September 18.

The premiere will take place a Laemmle's Sunset 5 at 8000 Sunset Boulevard (corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights) September 17th at 7.30pm followed by a party at Union at 8210 Sunset Boulevard (one block west of Sunset 5) starting at 9pm. Preceding the screening there will be a free performance by the band the red Elvises at the Virgin Megastore at 6.30pm to promote the 'Six-String Samurai' soundtrack.

Writer/director Lance Mungia and stars Jeffrey Falcon and Justin McGuire will attend the screening. The film's producers Michael Burns and Leanna Creel recently launched their new company Ignite Entertainment - formerly known as HSX Films.

The 'Six-String Samurai' is Buddy (Jeffrey Falcon), a mysterious and powerful hero of the post apocalyptic future, who must fight his way to Lost Vegas if he is ever to become the next king of Rock'n Roll. This desert spectacle of swords, adventure and rock'n roll won both the Kodak Vision, Award for Best Cinematography, and the In Sync Speed Razor Award for editing at the Slamdance '98 Film Festival held last January in Park City, Utah. Already a critical favourite, 'Six-String Samurai' has been hailed as "wildly original and highly entertaining by Variety's Len Klady, and "the best independent film of the year" by Film Treat's Chris Gore.

The Slamdance Film Festival started in January 1995, when a group of first-time directors screened their films concurrently with Sundance Today, Slamdance has expanded into a year-round support system for new film-makers. Heading into its fifth year, Slamdance '99 will return to Park City from January 23-30, 1999.

Michael McMahon 17/9/98

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