6 August 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network
Irish Highlights at Cork Film Festival
12 Oct 2000 :
The Festival’s opening film (Sunday October 15th) is 'About Adam' the Irish Premiere of Gerry Stembridge’s first feature since the acclaimed 'Guiltrip'.

About Adam takes a fresh approach to Irish lifestyle with a sophisticated script that is both funny and well grounded in dramatic consequence. The film is just one of the many Irish highlights of this years festival.


The Most Fertile Man in Ireland
An original approach to modern inter-denominational relations in the North, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland follows the comic adventures of a loner teenager who, after learning that he has the highest sperm-count in Ireland, finds himself the toast of Belfast’s female population in the face of his first tentative steps into a significant love affair. Alternatively the local Protestant terrorist group, with the fear of an on-coming population explosion in the Catholic community, are determined to use him as their prime weapon.

The World Premiere of Stone Ridge production Peaches will be held at this year’s Cork Film Festival. Filmed in Dublin last year and Irish produced, Peaches is actually set in London and follows the travails of a group of twenty-somethings as they deal with the onslaught of their thirties and the pressure to settle down. For some, however, it is easier than others and friendships are at stake.

Directed by Eoin Moore and shot entirely on digital tape, Connamara is a dramatic story which unfolds against the backdrop of everyday life in the West of Ireland. Where Maria, lives with her husband and daughter. Her dull marriage is shaken when an old flame arrives from Germany and a new business venture changes everything. Eventually she has to make a choice.


Ahakista concerns the Air India crash off the South West coast of Ireland 25 years ago and follows the return of many Indo-Canadian relatives of those who died as they make a pilgrimage to Bantry Bay. Visiting a monument erected in memory of those who died, the victim's families give their thoughts on the cause of the crash as well as many intimate stories connected to it. The film speculates further on a possible bomb theory and interviews emergency personnel who witnessed the aftermath of the disaster.

Brian Friel
A documentary on one of Ireland's greatest living playwrights, the film interviews many of those, nationally and internationally, who have worked with him or praised his work on the stage. Also, covering much of this reclusive man's working life, the film tells of the road taken from teacher to playwright along with the successes and failures that come with taking such a risk. Covering the broad spread of his career, from the Monday scheme.to the international success of Dancing at Lughnasa.

Essie's Last Stand
A great film, small in scale yet large in design, Essie's Last Stand follows the fate of Dubliner Essie who fights against ambitious property developers and their various enticements to encourage her to move out of her home in St. Ultan's flats. In the course of doing so she prevents the building from being demolished, prevents not only herself from being evicted, and sustaining at least some authenticity of home life in inner city Dublin. All with the help of a life-long lease.

Estella Solomons has been somewhat neglected in Irish art history over the past century. This film tries to redress the balance, focusing on her life and, most importantly, her work. Her portraits record the rebels, artists and literary figures that helped forge a new Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Nook
A long time in the making, The Nook focuses on the life of Martin Lysaght, a Dublin eccentric with a local shop that kids' dreams are made of, jars of sweets everywhere. However, on Mr. Lysaght's retirement, the shop becomes something else entirely - a venue for his imagination run rampant. A look at an eccentric side of Irish life.

Talking to the Dead
The World Premier of a new documentary from Pat Collins (Necklace of Wrens). Talking to the Dead takes an original slant on Irish funerary traditions. Despite the initial shock of the subject matter, the film confronts the taboo of death and also the Irish approach to it. Looking back on the early Christian rites and rituals, Talking to the Dead continues on to the development of the Irish 'Wake' and the survival, or demise, of such traditions today.

The Work of Angels
With The Book of Kells probably being Ireland's most famous work of art, this film looks at how it has survived the ages from middle to modern. It takes a fresh perspective on the international approach to its construction. Focusing mainly on the techniques of its production, this documentary uses many methods of visual technique to portray the myths and practical techniques used in the book itself.


In addition to forty new Irish shorts in the programme, the Festival is also presenting the following special programmes.

The world premier of the latest round of Frameworks, the animation scheme of the Irish Film Board.

The world premier of the latest round of Oscailt, the Irish Film Board’s scheme for short dramas in the Irish language.

Premier Shorts
New short films from Northern Ireland, produced by the Northern Ireland Film Commission.


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