A Date With Destiny: Films You Won’t Want to Miss at CIFF2020
Batten down the hatches to watch great movies at the 65th Cork International Film Festival! With a weekend-long, Met Eireann-certified forecast of film-watching weather, it’s the perfect chance to curl up on the couch with the best of Irish and international Film!
Joining the CIFF2020 programme tonight is our 1920 Commemoration Gala: ‘Irish Destiny & Newsreel Cine Concert‘ at 7.30pm with a special introduction by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin. The Newsreels, played as a prologue to the film, feature a moving musical accompaniment by Cork violinist Brendan Garde.
Please join us at 6pm this evening for the live announcement of the 65th Cork International Film Festival Feature Film Awards. Streaming live across our social media channels and website corkfilmfest.org, tune in to hear the announcement of the Youth Jury Award, the Award for Cinematic Documentary and the The Spirit of the Festival Award. The winning titles will be available to watch until the end of the Festival. You can also now watch a special programme of the ‘CIFF2020 Award Winning Shorts‘.
Due to popular demand we have released a limited number of additional tickets for Irish fiction films ‘The Bright Side‘, Ruth Meehan’s poignant dark comedy directed, with “understanding, jagged wit and warmth” (Screen Daily) and ‘Wildfire‘ the debut feature from Cathy Brady “a raw domestic drama set against the backdrop of an Irish border town community” (Screen Daily).
Music documentary ‘Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan‘ and Family Gala ‘Wolfwalkers‘ are now Sold Out but the CIFF2020 programme has many more gems to offer! Music and documentary aficionados can enjoy ‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story‘ and ‘Paris is Burning‘; and young film fans can choose from the full Family Programme including ‘H is for Happiness‘ and ‘My Brother Chases Dinosaurs‘.
Visit corkfilmfest.org or download the CIFF2020 App to pick your films and book your tickets this weekend. Read on for our highlights…
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1920 Commemoration Gala: ‘Irish Destiny‘
Made soon after the events it depicted, ‘Irish Destiny‘ was the first indigenous fiction film dealing with the War of Independence in Ireland. Denis O’Hara (Paddy Dunne Cullinan) joins the IRA after witnessing British aggression in the village of Clonmore. He is shot, wounded and imprisoned, but escapes from the Curragh Camp in time to save fiancée Moira (Frances MacNamara) from the clutches of villainous poitín distillers. The drama is seamlessly punctuated with newsreel footage depicting real events such as the sacking of Cork in December 1920 and the burning of Dublin’s Customs House in May 1921.
A 35mm print of the film was restored and repatriated from the US by the IFI in the early 1990s. World-renowned composer, the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, created an orchestral score which breathed new life into this silent film. This is a work of majesty which elevates our understanding of the forging of the modern Irish state.
Newsreel Cine Concert: a short selection of British and Irish newsreels relating to Cork in the 1920 period – including the funeral of the Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney (October 1920) and the burning of Cork (December 1920) – will be shown with musical accompaniment by Cork violinist Brendan Garde, as a prologue to the film.
An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin
Councillor Joe Kavanagh, Ardmhéara Chorcaí, The Lord Mayor of Cork
Online until Sun 15 November
Introduced by Director Jennie Livingston
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Director of Programming Anna Kopecká gives highlights from each member of the CIFF programming team in 60 seconds!
From the Short Film Award-Winners selected from Don O’Mahony’s shorts programme to Roisín Geraghty’s political documentary picks ‘The 8th‘, ‘The Sheriff‘ and ‘Vivos‘ to musical documentary champion Si Edwards’ selection ‘Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story‘ plus international fiction gems ‘La Fortaleza‘ and ‘The Trouble With Being Born‘.
International Fiction Highlights
Presented in association with the Italian Institute of Culture
Book NowPresented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland.Cork International Film Festival’s Illuminate film and mental health programme is proudly supported by ESB Energy for Generations Fund and the HSE.
Industry Sessions in Focus
Supported by Screen Skills Ireland
An intimate in-conversation between documentary producer, philanthropist and activist Abigail Disney and CIFF Festival Director & CEO Fiona Clark for Doc Day, in which Disney speaks about her career in film, (including ‘The Armor of Light’ and ‘The 8th‘, both screening in CIFF2020), her advocacy work, and her philanthropic pursuits in the film world and beyond.
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