Cork Film Festival launches 62nd festival programme

Cork Film Festival launches 62nd festival programme
Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing which gets its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival.

Cork Film Festival is back for its 62nd year with a fresh and vibrant programme to get excited about.

The festival, which takes place across 10 days from November 10 - 19, looks set to screen more than 200 films, with the majority being Irish premieres.

Over 16,000 people are expected to attend Ireland’s first and largest film festival, which generates €2.5 million in revenue locally.

The programme includes 115 feature films, including 34 documentaries and 116 shorts, while 50 countries are represented.

Opening the 2017 Cork Film Festival is the Irish premiere of Irish/Canadian co-production The Man Who Invented Christmas at The Everyman on Friday, November 10.

In the movie, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens assumes the role of Charles Dickens in Bharat Nalluri’s film, a festive romp that recounts how Dickens’ iconic A Christmas Carol was created.

The Irish premiere of Alexander Payne’s science-fiction road movie Downsizing at the Everyman will close the Festival on Sunday 19 November.

Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing which gets its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival.
Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in Downsizing which gets its Irish premiere at the Cork Film Festival.

It stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves to simplify their lives, though things don’t go to plan.

Other highlights include Ruben Östlund’s The Square, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and Documentary Gala, Promised Land, directed by Eugene Jurecki. The film looks at how America has changed since Elvis Presley died 40 years ago.Jurecki. The film looks at how America has changed since Elvis Presley died 40 years ago.

Celebrating the best of home-grown talent, some of the most celebrated Irish films of the year feature across the 10 days. The screening of Frank Berry’s acclaimed Michael Inside takes place on 16 November, telling the story of an 18-year-old living in Dublin who is sentenced to three months in prison after he is caught hiding drugs for his friend’s older brother.

More than 50 Irish short films feature in the programme, and for the first time, a selection will be invited to feature on the RTÉ Player post-Festival, as part of RTÉ’s principal media partnership.

Short film For You directed by Brendan Canty.
Short film For You directed by Brendan Canty.

For You, a short film by Cork director Barry Canty will also screen at the festival It features rising Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Love/Hate, Dunkirk).

Speaking ahead of the launch, Cork Film Festival Producer Fiona Clark said: “The 2017 programme is a unique opportunity to see some of the best established and emerging talent working in film today.”

Guest Programme Director, Michael Hayden added: “This is truly a Festival for everyone, an opportunity to be challenged, inspired, surprised and entertained. From our Industry Days, to our popular Family and Schools programme, these 10 days in November offer the chance to enjoy films not otherwise available on the big screen in Cork.” 

Screenings take place at The Everyman, Gate Cinema and Triskel Christchurch. For details and tickets visit http://www.corkfilmfest.org.

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