SCHOOL & COLLEGE SCREENINGS FOR NOVEMBER

School and college screenings return once again to the 61st Cork Film Festival, running from Monday 14 – Thursday 17 November. All screenings begin at 11am and take place in the Gate Cinema. For bookings, please email info@corkfilmfest.org, or call the office on 021 4271711. 

Please contact the office if you are interested in a screening of any of these films on a different day.

These screenings are presented in association with IFI Education.

 

MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER

THE KING’S SPEECH

Age rating: 12A

Colin Firth is the reluctant monarch, King George VI, who overcomes his speech disability with the assistance of an alternative speech therapist. With themes of duty and determination, the film merges historic events with a very personal story, in the context of Britain before World War II.

Dir.: Tom Hooper | UK/Australia | 2010 | Drama | 118 mins

MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER

THE OLIVE TREE / EL OLIVO

Recommended age 15+

20-year-old Alma works on a chicken farm in the austerity-hit Castellón region of Spain. Her grandfather is on hunger strike, and has not spoken since her father sold the family’s ancient olive tree. Alma believes the only way the old man can be saved is if they find the tree, replanted somewhere in Europe. Persuading her uncle, her workmate and friends to join her, they set off in a ‘borrowed’ truck to track it down. Restoring the tree will restore hope to their family and the region.

Dir.: Icíar Bollaín | Spain | 2016 | Comedy/Drama | English subtitled | 100 mins

TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER

3 1/2 MINUTES, 10 BULLETS

Recommended age 15+

This gripping documentary is based on events that started at a Florida gas station, when software developer Michael Dunn asked four young black men in a red SUV to turn their music down. The ensuing argument lead to a shooting, at the end of which 17-year-old Jordan Davis is dead. Dunn pleads self-defence. Jordan’s story is told through testimonials from the stand, recordings and other footage. With gun control on the Election agenda, and the Black Lives Matter campaign taking hold, the film makes for timely viewing.

Dir: Marc Silver | USA | 2016 | Documentary/Crime/Drama | 98 mins

TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER

ATLANTIC

PG

Can the fishing industry be sustainable in light of global economic and environmental challenges? Activist and filmmaker Risteárd Ó Domhnaill (The Pipe) looks at three different fishing communities whose livelihoods are seriously under threat. On Arranmore, super-trawlers hoover up dwindling stocks. In Norway the search for new oil fields threatens maritime life. In Newfoundland, an oil boom has hit, closing off the fishermens’ opportunities for work. Narrated by Brendan Gleeson, this hard-hitting documentary reveals the waste and greed that threaten one of the oldest industries in the world.

Director: Risteárd Ó Domhnaill | Ireland/Canada/Norway | 2016 Documentary | 80 mins

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER

ABOUT A GIRL / CHARLEEN MACHT SCHLUSS

Recommended age 15+

Working part-time in an undertakers, and listening repeatedly to Kurt Cobain, Charleen focuses on the darker side of life. Her mother thinks her daughter is depressed but, in fact, all she wants is some peace, so she decides to end it all. Waking up in the hospital, she realises that she can change her life for the better. With sharp dialogue and terrific performances, this is a comedy that deals with teen suicide. Through its highly engaging character, it explores issues of growing up, falling in love and finding meaning in life.

Dir.: Mark Monheim | Germany | 2014 | Subtitled | Drama | 104 mins

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER

SING STREET

Director John Carney won international acclaim with his lo-fi musical Once. He achieves a similar charm and effect with this 1980’s set, funny teen drama, in which Conor, (newcomer, Ferdia Peelo-Walsh), seeks to escape from the strains of family life by starting a band. With advice on music and girlfriends freely offered from stoner older brother (Jack Reynor), Conor learns to negotiate the pitfalls of band life, falling in love and growing up.

Dir: John Carney | Ireland/UK/USA | 2016 | Comedy/Drama/Music | 106 mins

THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Wide-eyed, rebellious ’gangsta’ Ricky is bounced to yet another foster home on the edge of the New Zealand wilderness. For the welfare worker he’s a ‘real bad egg’, but kindly foster Aunt Bella wins him over, helped by the gift of a dog he calls Tupac. Then circumstances change and Ricky finds himself on the run with grumpy foster Uncle Hec (Sam Neill) who is accused of his kidnapping. The misfit pair must learn to get along as the police get closer. A freshly told adventure story filled with heart, humour, and ‘trees, birds, rivers, sky’.

Dir: Taika Waititi | New Zealand | 2016 | Adventure/Comedy/Drama | 101 mins

THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER

BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS

Age rating: 12A

This documentary film combines original footage with animations, interviews and reconstructions, to depict the 66 days of Bobby Sands’ hunger strike, as well as the long-term impact of the blanket protest on the political situation, after Sands’ election as MP. Friends, fellow strikers, and his election agent offer their views, along with historians and scholars, all of which provides useful material for classroom work on the Politics and Society of Northern Ireland.

Dir.: Brendan J. Byrne | Ireland | 2016 | Documentary | 105 mins