CIFF2022 features captivating strands carefully curated by our programmers. From a celebration of the whacky cult films that we secretly adore, and foodie films to savour, to tackling heavy-hitting topics such as climate change, our themed selection of films showcases the incredible diversity of stories on offer at this year’s Festival.
Undead cowboys, conjoined twins, swords and sandals, face-flipping action and the golden age of rock ’n’ roll. What’s not to love! Our Guilty Pleasures programme strand features five over-the-top cult classics guaranteed to take you on a ride worth remembering.
Action sci-fi drama Face/Off (Wed, 16 Nov, Gate Cinema) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Two action movie megastars, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, excel in this story of stolen identities, directed by cult director John Woo. This enduring throwbackis filled with unforgettable moments, including Cage as a naughty priest, and waterfalls of Travolta’s tears.
In 1983, B-movie producers-extraordinaire, Canon Films, teamed up with Italian director Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash, one of our Guilty Pleasures in 2021) to bring to the screen the story of Greek mythological hero Hercules (Sun, 13 Nov, Gate Cinema) resulting in a cult ‘swords and sandals’ classic.
Giulio Questi’s Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (Sat, 19 Nov, Gate Cinema) caused outrage when it appeared in 1967 and was pulled from Italian cinemas following complaints about its bloody violence, resulting in severe cuts to the runtime. Now finally available uncut, we can all relish one of the most controversial spaghetti westerns ever made, exactly as the director intended.
At the heart of our Guilty Pleasures programme lies a staple of the New York midnight movie scene. Frank Henenlotter’s notorious debut Basket Case (Sat, 12 Nov, Gate Cinema) still has the power to shock 40 years after its release. Once promoted with the quote ‘This is the sickest movie ever made’, this gruesome tale remains sleazy, schlocky, and seriously twisted fun.
Legendary Looney Toons animator Frank Tashlin transferred his skills to live-action movies with The Girl Can’t Help It (Sun, 13 Nov, Gate Cinema). Starring Tom Ewell and Jayne Mansfield, it’s bursting with rock ‘n’ roll legends such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Eddie Cochran, amongst others.
A destination dinner thriller, a mouth-watering dive into the world of wines, and a hug in a bowl of ramen are the ingredients for this year’s Culinary Cinema strand. Each film is accompanied by a special event to celebrate food and film in Cork, Ireland’s culinary and cultural capital.
Join us for The Menu (Fri, 11 Nov, Gate Cinema), a darkly delicious black comedy with an outstanding ensemble cast led by a commanding Ralph Fiennes and street-wise Anya Taylor-Joy. This screening is appropriately accompanied by a secret destination supper event.
John Daschbach’s Come Back Anytime (Tue, 15 Nov, Gate Cinema) is a beautifully observed and joyful story of a master who created a community in Tokyo, one bowl of ramen at a time. Served with a Miyazaki x L’Atitude 51° popup event, this screening is sure to delight lovers of Japanese cuisine.
Finally, Terroir To Table (Sat, 12 Nov, Gate Cinema): a decadent cinematic treat that uncovers all of the flavour and science of what makes a particular wine great. Paired with a wine-tasting in L’Atitude 51°, with wines featured in the documentary, and attended by the wine-maker, what better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon! Also screening as part of our online programme.
The culinary special events are limited capacity so book now to secure your tickets!
Please note there is no vegetarian/vegan option with the Come Back Anytime popup event. If you have specific dietary requirements, please contact events@corkfilmfest.
In a world beset by climate anxiety and shifting, uncertain futures, our Green Screen programme spotlights the urgent issues of climate change, the environment and sustainability, exploring solutions and promoting actions to deliver positive change.
Documentary Fashion Reimagined (Thu, 17 Nov, Gate Cinema) focuses on the fashion industry’s environmental and social impact, shining a light on the many layers of clothing production and the designer who is doing something to change it. Presented in partnership with Future Planet, there will be a panel discussion with special guests following this screening.
Black Mambas (Thu, 17 Nov, Triskel) is a revelatory South African documentary following an all-female anti-poaching unit standing between the preservation of endangered wildlife and extinction, asking uncomfortable questions about the colonial power structures and institutional racism which still prevail within the women’s everyday working environment. Also screening as part of our online programme.
Into The Ice (Sun, 13 Nov, Gate Cinema). In the company of three of the world’s leading climate scientists, Danish filmmaker Lars Henrik Ostenfeld explores what the rapid deterioration of this huge reservoir of frozen water means for a planet increasingly in the grip of an ecological catastrophe. Also screening as part of our online programme.
Matter Out Of Place (Mon, 14 Nov, Triskel) is an observational documentary study of how we dispose of our trash. We visit sweeping Swiss mountains, the beautiful Greek coast, the peaks of Nepal, the sea-green Maldives and the Nevada desert, all sharing and trying to solve the same problems caused by human waste.