Nostalgia: A look-back at Cork's answer to Cannes - the Cork French Film Festival 

The festival is a celebration of the very best of French language films, and an important event in the cultural calendar to forge connections between Ireland and France.
Nostalgia: A look-back at Cork's answer to Cannes - the Cork French Film Festival 

Valérie David-McGonnell Alliance Française de Cork President and Josselin Le Gall Alliance Française de Cork Board Member pictured at The Cork French Film Festival launch on board the tall ship The Belem on Kennedy Quay.

IN its 33rd year, the Cork French Film Festival has been bringing the magic of French cinema to Cork audiences for decades, uniting Francophones and cinephiles in front of the big screen.

Organised by Alliance Française de Cork, promoters of all things French in Co Cork, the festival celebrates the best of French-language films, while forging connections between Ireland and France.

This year’s co-directors are Josselin Le Gall, honorary consul of France in Co Cork, Co Kerry, and Co Waterford, who is a director of Alliance Française de Cork, and Valérie David-McGonnell, Alliance Française de Cork president.

“33 years ago, when the festival started, it was a very small festival, with just a few films.

“It grew over the years, and we’ve had very famous directors and actors come as well,” says Valérie.

Big names have been guests to Cork’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival.

Christophe Rohr accordionist pictured as The 28th Cork French Film Festival plunged into action in 2017. 
Christophe Rohr accordionist pictured as The 28th Cork French Film Festival plunged into action in 2017. 

In 2007, Claudie Ossard, renowned producer of the film Amelie, opened the festival, while several years later, in 2010, Highlander star Christopher Lambert and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Bafta-winner Guillaume Laurant were in town.

2012’s festival centred around the films of Oscar-winning director and comedian Pierre Étaix, who travelled to Cork for the opening night.

Celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary, in 2014, renowned director, lyricist, and screenwriter Jacques Demy was honoured, with the celebrations officially opened by Demy’s daughter, Rosalie Varda-Demy.

Bond villain Mathieu Amalric was welcomed to Cork to open the 26th Cork French Film Festival, in 2015, while more recent guests have included internationally-acclaimed photographer, director, and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and beatmaker, producer, turntablist and DJ Jean du Voyage.

Valérie says that the festival has become a core part of the Cork cultural scene.

“People seem to really enjoy it, I think it’s really part of the cultural scene in Cork now, because it’s been going on for so long,” she says.

Visit corkfrenchfilmfestival.com for more information about this year’s programme of 12 fantastic French films - all subtitled in English, so that everyone can enjoy!

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