CFF2019: Thursday 14th November Highlights!

Irish Gala: World Premiere of ‘The Last Right’

‘The Last Right’ announces writer-director Aoife Crehan as a thrilling new voice in Irish cinema. Be the first to see this bold and original road-movie caper as we present the World Premiere, with cast and crew in attendance.

A fateful exchange on a flight from New York to Ireland has complicated consequences for Daniel Murphy (Michiel Huisman). He’s left in charge of a corpse, the body of someone he never knew. He is persuaded to take on the challenge of getting an environmentally friendly cardboard coffin from his family home in Clonakilty to Rathlin Island by his autistic younger brother Louis (Samuel Bottomley) and Mary (Niamh Algar), a flighty young mortician with her own agenda. With winning performances all round, the film is a heart-warming and hilarious treat.

We are delighted to welcome cast members Michiel Huisman (‘Game of Thrones’ and our Closing Night Gala: The Other Lamb), Samuel Bottomley (‘Tyrannosaur’ and ‘Ackley Bridge’), and Eleanor O’Brien (‘Fair City’) to the Gala this Thursday. There will be a Q&A with director Aoife Crehan and cast after the screening.

Limited tickets still available.

20:45 | Thursday 14th November | The Everyman Theatre

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Meet the Makers at #CFF2019

‘A Mother’ is a bruised portrait of loss and longing. 

Released on parole after a lengthy time in prison, Eeva’s first instinct is to track down her estranged daughter, who was a child when she was sentenced. Returning to the small town where she previously resided, Eeva finds many there who are affronted by her presence. Only Kalle, who runs a cleaning company, is willing to give her a break. 

There will be a post-screening Q&A with director Samppa Batal.
‘Meet the Makers’ Deal: Get 2 tickets to this screening for only €12.

16:00 | Thursday 14th November | The Gate Cinema
Second Chance Screening: 15:30 | Friday 15th November |
The Gate Cinema 

To mark the tenth anniversary of its original release, Cork Film Festival presents a special screening of ‘The Yellow Bittern’, Alan Gilsenan’s remarkable documentary biopic of Liam Clancy.

Recounting his life in his own words, Clancy’s personal reflections are insightful and inspirational, constructing a revealing portrait of great candour and honesty. Like his musical work, the film is lyrical and poetic, and a fitting tribute to this great man at the end of his life.

The screening will be introduced by Dr. Ciara Chambers, Head of Film and Screen Media at UCC, and following the screening, actor and broadcaster Carrie Crowley will host an in-conversation with director Alan Gilsenan, the Arts Council/UCC Film Artist in Residence for 2019/20.

There will be a post-screening Q&A with the director.
‘Meet the Makers’ Deal: Get 2 tickets to this screening for only €12.

18:00 | Thursday 14th November | The Gate Cinema 

‘Floating Structures’ is a flâneur-like quest to consider the gravity-defying mysteries of structural engineering. 

Beginning with the world’s first metal cantilever bridge, which was located in Bavaria, ‘Floating Structures’ charts a course to Paris where it encounters the visionary engineering work of Ireland’s Peter Rice. Co-directed by visual artist and writer Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward (‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’). Accompanied by a screening of ‘Memory Room’ (22 mins).

Post-screening panel discussion about the film’s themes and filmmakers’ practice hosted by Dr Dara Waldron, author of ‘New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetics and Documentary Theory’.

‘Meet the Makers’ Deal: Get 2 tickets to this screening for only €12.

18:15 | Tuesday 12th November | Triskel

Filmed over four years ‘The Street’ is a moving documentary about love and loss, and a community unravelled by gentrification.

Hoxton Street has long been a stronghold of working-class East London – a tight-knit community lined with family-run establishments, many of which have been in existence for over a century. But as property prices reach unprecedented levels, a wave of gentrification and development has quickly turned the area into a middle-class sanctuary, with local businesses closing and becoming generic hipster haunts, inciting anger in local residents, adding to the class gap, and pushing populist viewpoints to the fore. ‘The Street’ is a revealing and universal portrait of 21st-century capitalism and austerity, directly addressing our current preoccupation with Brexit and relating to the concurrent concerns about gentrification in our own country.


There will be a post-screening Q&A with the director Zed Nelson.
‘Meet the Makers’ Deal: Get 2 tickets to this screening for only €12.

18:30 | Thursday 14th November | The Gate Cinema
Second Chance Screening: 13:30 | Friday 15th November | Triskel

#CFF2019 Industry Days

Industry Day First Take is a training and development event aimed specifically at newly established film professionals, emerging filmmakers, and film and media students, presented in in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and Screen Skills Ireland. Case studies and panel discussions will promote fresh thinking amongst attendees and to inspire them to be proactive in promoting their own film work. 

Sessions will explore script development, demystify the sales and distribution process, provide a case study of the Irish/UK feature film ‘The Last Right’, and delve into the ’50/50 by 2020′ gender parity initiative with leading Irish and international film programmers. Visit our website for full details on the day’s schedule and speakers who will be participating.

11:00 | Thursday 14th November | Republic of Work

Following ‘First Take’ we are heading to The Cellar Theatre at 6.30pm for ‘Our Need for Speed: Post-First Take Networking Event’, in partnership with Film Network Ireland (FNI). Tickets are €5 or free for First Take attendees!

Filmmaking professionals and creatives are welcome to come along, bring your business cards and meet other creatives in a fun, friendly and professional environment. 

The rules are real simple! You have five minutes to chat to a filmmaker/creative of your choice. The timer will sound after five minutes and you move onto the next person. Make your way around the room at five minutes intervals to socialise and meet new colleagues. To add a little competitive spice, the three people who have collected the most business cards or contact details on paper, will win prizes on the day. FNI will interview the overall winner on their Podcast, FNI Wrapchat.

‘Prototype I’ in The National Sculpture Factory

‘Prototype I’ by artist Doireann O’Malley is a multi-screen film installation presenting a series of dreamscapes interrogating trans* semiotics through psychoanalytic practices, speculative technologies and live action role-playing.

O’Malley’s work references scientific and medical investigations into the human psyche that address biology, gender embodiment, sexuality, utopianism and human evolution. For more information on this Special Presentation in The National Sculpture Factory, visit our website here

18:00-22:00 | Thursday 14th November | The National Sculpture Factory
Admission Free. All welcome

There’s still time to catch Festival features that you may have missed, with our ‘Second Chance to See’ screenings this Thursday:

12:30: ‘Der Golem’
12:45: ‘The Evening Redness in the South’
13:00: ‘So Long, My Son’
15:00: ‘System Crasher’
15:15: ‘Knives and Skin’