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32nd Cork French Film Festival reveals line-up celebrating ties with Ireland’s closest EU neighbour
19 Aug 2021 : News Desk
Cork French Film Festival
The annual event returns from Thursday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 5th and takes place at The Gate Cinema.

This year, for the first time, there also will be an online option for film lovers who wish to join in from home. 

Some of the greatest Francophone film directors will feature at this year’s Cork French Film Festival, which is presented by Alliance Française de Cork. The festival will feature 12 French-language films includingSisters (Sœurs), which opens the festival. The film was released in France in July and marks the return of the “grande dame” of French cinema, Isabelle Adjani. It tells the story of three sisters struggling with their complicated Franco-Algerian family history.

There will be 11 Irish premieres in total, with several coming straight from their world premiere at festivals such as Berlin and Toronto. Tickets are now on sale online and at the Gate Cinema for the four-day event. 

This year’s edition also marks a diversification in the types of cinema on offer, with the festival screening a programme of short films to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of France’s greatest short film production companies – Autour de Minuit. 

This programme will feature films that have won major awards at Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar Best Short Film award winner. There will be an opportunity to catch the Godard classic, Alphaville, on the big screen. World-music lovers will enjoy the stirring documentary Africa Mia - telling the story of the pioneering Afro-Cuban music of the legendary Maravillas of Mali. For families there is the beautiful and charming animation The Bears Invasion of Sicily.

Chairman of Alliance Française de Cork, John Mullins said: “During lockdown, French-language films and TV shows have become more and more popular. French series like Call My Agent introduced viewers in Ireland and across the globe to some wonderful French actors. Remarkably, the French action thriller Lupin is the most-watched new drama on Netflix in 2021. I hope that this new-found appreciation for French productions will encourage viewers to attend this year’s Cork French Film Festival. It is wonderful to be able to attend the cinema again and I hope that film lovers who can’t make it in person will join some of our screenings online.”

Valérie David-McGonnell, Alliance Française de Cork Board Member and Cork French Film Festival Co-Director, highlighted the diverse selection of Francophone films that will be shown: “We are delighted to announce the programme for this year’s Cork French Film Festival which is now in its 32nd year. Notably, this year’s festival is celebrating not just French cinema but also French-language cinema, with films from Belgium (Madly In Life) and from Quebec (Goddess of Fireflies).  The diversity of the French language is further included in films such as the documentary Africa Mia which follows a band from Mali on their musical journey to Cuba.”

Fellow Board Member and Cork French Film Festival Director, Honorary Consul of France in Cork, Josselin Le Gall, added: “The Cork French Film Festival aims to provide an insight into French and Francophone cultures and societies. The strong cultural ties between Ireland and France have been tightened further now that France is Ireland’s closest EU neighbour. The festival is not just for Francophiles and people interested in French-language societies and cultures, it is for anyone who loves great cinema and we are looking forward to welcoming festival goers back to the Gate Cinema in September.” 

This year’s festival is supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council / Arts Office, the Embassy of France in Ireland, Amarenco, and the Embassy of Belgium in Ireland. Partners include The Gate Cinema, Institut Français, the River Lee Hotel, the Association Irlandaise des Professeurs de Langue Française (AIPLF), Café Marius, and Access Cinema.

The 32nd Cork French Film Festival is curated and managed by Green Ray Film Agency for Alliance Française de Cork. 

Tickets to the festival can be bought online at www.corkcinemas.com for screenings at the Gate Cinema in Cork and at https://corkfrenchfilmfestival.com for online screenings.

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