'Frozen 2' announced as part of Cork Film Festival line up

'Frozen 2' announced as part of Cork Film Festival line up
Disney's highly anticipated Frozen 2 will have its Irish premiere as part of Cork Film festival on November 17.

To the delight of Disney lovers big and small, the sequel to Frozen will be premiered at the Festival on November 17.

Commenting on this big announcement, Festival Director and CEO, Fiona Clark said:

"As Ireland’s first and largest film festival, we proudly showcase the best in Irish cinema, and serve as a platform for local filmmakers, supporting them in the development of their craft. 

"A central pillar of the Festival’s mission is engaging young people in film, spearheaded by our magical Family Gala, Frozen 2."

The 11 day festival, which will run from November 7-17 will also screen the Irish premiere of Feras Fayyad’s gripping film on war-torn Syria The Cave as its Documentary Gala on November 15.

Aoife Crehan’s comedy-drama debut The Last Right will be shown on November 14.

Ordinary Love
The Other Lamb
Ordinary Love, starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, will have its Irish premiere at the 64th Cork Film Festival’s Opening Gala on Thursday, 7 November.
Ordinary Love, starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, will have its Irish premiere at the 64th Cork Film Festival’s Opening Gala on Thursday, 7 November.

Over 300 films and events are included in the packed 2019 programme, with 90% of the features, documentaries and shorts having their first screening in Cork. 

Ms Clark said this year's line up is a testament to the diversity the Festival prides itself on:

"Cork Film Festival has always sought to offer audiences the latest and best in world cinema — from award-winners on the international festival circuit to exciting new discoveries and home-grown talent. 

"The breadth and quality of the programme, with 63 countries represented, reflects our ambition to celebrate the best cinema to a diverse and growing audience. 

"With our 64-year legacy, we will continue to challenge and excite."

Further key Irish premieres are Le Mans ’66, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles of when Ford took on Ferrari. 

Taika Waititi's anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin, will be screened well ahead of its January 2020 release date; and Michael Winterbottom’s British satirical film, Greed, starring Steve Coogan, David Mitchell and Isla Fisher, also receives its Irish premiere.

Among the stand-out documentaries is Alex Gibney's acclaimed Citizen K, about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once believed to be the richest man in Russia, that reveals the dark, compelling history of post-Soviet Russia. 

Lost Lives, directed by Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt and based on David McKittrick’s book, will also grip audiences, documenting the lives of those who died during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

Patricio Guzman’s stunning exploration of the impact and legacy of Pinochet’s era in Chile, The Cordillera of Dreams, will also be screened.

Jojo Rabbit, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin, will be screened well ahead of its January 2020 release date at Cork Film Festival.
Jojo Rabbit, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Roman Griffin, will be screened well ahead of its January 2020 release date at Cork Film Festival.

Once again, short films are an important part of this year's Festival with over 100 Irish and international shorts, along with 10 world premiere shorts due to be screened.

"One of the more pleasurable obligations of the work we do is looking out for new and emerging filmmakers. 

"Few things give programmers as much of a thrill as discovering something brilliant made by someone no one has heard of, and the urge to share and celebrate those new voices is a responsibility to embrace," Festival Programme Director Michael Hayden said. 

Music documentaries and classic films such as the 1967 crime film Bonnie and Clyde  — screened as a companion piece to Rob Garver’s documentary What She Said: the Art of Pauline Kael — and the 20th anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut will also be screened as part of the Festival.

Looking beyond Cork city screenings, the Festival’s expanded County Programme will meet the growing demand for cultural cinema in the wider Cork region, with a variety of films due to be screened.

Tickets for all screenings are available at www.corkfilmfest.org from 7pm tonight.

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