The 53rd Corona Cork Film Festival is in full flow after opening gala on Sunday night of the Coen Brother’s ‘Burn After Reading”. Upcoming festival highlights including seminars with Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan and screenings of a variety of Irish docs.
Dublin born cinematographer Robbie Ryan will hold the first of his two seminars on Thursday on his visual style through a selection of his short film work. These include ’Wasp’ - winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2003, the Bafta-winning ‘Shadowscan’ and ‘Antonio’s Breakfas’t as well as Billy O’Brien’s horror feature ‘Isolation’ and Andrea Arnold’s ‘Red Road’, the recipient of a 2006 Cannes Prix du Jury.
In the second seminar Robbie will go through his commercial and music promo work.
Along with a host of Irish shorts to screen at the festival, Irish doc titles in the line up include the latest documentary by Belfast filmmaking duo Michael Beattie and John T Davis ‘Tailwind’, which follows the untold story of Northern Ireland’s crucial contribution to the air war during World War 2; ’Niall Tóibín – Seó Man’ directed by Seán Ó Cualáin based on pioneer of stand-up comedy and an actor of stage and screen and ‘David Farrell: Elusive Moments’ directed and producer by Donald Taylor Black based on, David Farrell one of the most important Irish photographers working today.
Other docs that will screen include ‘Hold The Passion’ by Ronan O’Leary telling the story of actress and teacher Deirdre O'Connell, who set up the Focus Theatre in Dublin in 1963 and featuring Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hickey, Joan Bergin, Johnny Murphy, the feature length docudrama ‘Identities’ by Victoria Colonna charting the multicolored transgender community in Ireland, ‘A Tale Of Three Legs’ by Niall Johansson, focusing on Colin Carroll, the Fermoy-based solicitor on his quest to break the World Record for the three-legged marathon at the 2008 Cork City Marathon and ‘Till The Tenth Generation’ by Gerry Gregg recounts the memoirs of Tomi - one of only three Holocaust survivors in this country.
Steve Mc Queen’s ‘Hunger’ will screen at the Friday night gala while ‘Helen’ directed by Irish film making team Joe Lawlor and Christine Malloy will screen on Sunday. The Closing Gala film on Sunday will be ‘The Silence of Lorna’ directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne based on the study of immigrants in the new Europe.