CFF2019: Tuesday 12th November Highlights!

Day 6: See films by international film festival award winners, meet the makers, discover the latest and best films from female filmmakers and catch up on ‘second chance’ screenings. Tuesday’s highlights include Paul Duane’s ‘What Time Is Death?’; the striking satire ‘God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya’; Winner of the Rising Star Award at Cannes Critics Week, Hlynur Palmason’s ‘A White, White, Day’; and we round off Tuesday with director Dina Naser joining us for her beautifully solemn but truly uplifting ‘Tiny Souls’.

Spotlight on Female Filmmakers at #CFF2019


Winner of the Grand Jury Award and CherryPicks Female First Feature Award at SXSW 2019, ‘Alice’ turns to high-end prostitution after her husband disappears, in a bid to provide for her young son.

Josephine Mackerra’s debut feature is a daring and inspiring socially realist fable you won’t want to miss. In Partnership with the Embassy of France in Ireland.

15:00 | Tuesday 12th November | The Gate Cinema


Samia is young and pregnant with nowhere to go. She wanders the streets of Casablanca, knocking on doors in search of work until she meets Abla, who runs a humble bakery.

Propelled by outstanding performances from its two leads, Maryam Touzani’s impeccably made debut feature ‘Adam’ is charming, compassionate and a character-driven delight not to miss this Tuesday.

17:45 | Tuesday 12th November | The Gate Cinema

‘God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya’ is a spirited, astute, and visually striking satire about religion and patriarchal society in Macedonia.

Petrunya (a fine performance by Zorica Nusheva) is a woman in her 30s, still living with her parents in a small Macedonian town, unemployed despite a first-class degree in history. Returning from another humiliating, unsuccessful job interview, she stumbles across a crowd of young men diving for the holy cross that the priest has thrown into the icy river, a tradition to mark Epiphany. When Petrunya takes the plunge and retrieves the cross herself, she sparks public outcry and a media frenzy. Seizing this one chance for self-determination, Petrunya must cling onto her dignity and courage in the face of overt institutional misogyny and mob rule.

The film is in contention for the European Parliament LUX Film Prize, presented by Cork Film Festival, official partner – FREE but ticketed.

18:15 | Tuesday 12th November | The Gate Cinema

Exceptional Narrative Features at #CFF2019

‘A White, White, Day’

Winner of the Rising Star Award at Cannes Critics Week, Ingvar E Sigurðsson delivers a revelatory performance at the centre of Hlynur Pálmason’s (‘Winter Brothers’, 2017) poignant, original study of grief ‘A White, White, Day’

In a remote Icelandic town, reticent former policeman Ingimundur (Ingvar E Sigurðsson) passes his time visiting his old colleagues at the station, renovating a house and doting on his granddaughter Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). These are all distractions from the heartache that haunts him following the tragic death of his beloved wife. Looking though some old mementos, his latent detective instincts kick in and he starts to suspect that his wife had been unfaithful to him. He becomes consumed by finding out the truth.

20:45 | Tuesday 12th November | The Gate Cinema
Second Chance Screening: 15:45 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema

‘The Painted Bird’

‘The Painted Bird’, nominated for the CFF2019 ‘Spirit of the Festival’ Award, is a cinematic masterpiece – shot in crisp black and white 35mm.

It follows a boy in Eastern Europe in the final throes of World War II as he is forced to wander through the desecrated countryside, encountering villagers and soldiers whose lives have been brutally altered. It does far more than simply depict the horror of war – it is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity.

20:15 | Tuesday 12th November | The Gate Cinema
Second Chance Screening: 12:00 | Friday 15th November | The Gate Cinema

Meet the Makers at #CFF2019

Tiny Souls

Filmed over 4 years, Director Dina Naser’s ‘Tiny Souls’ is a simultaneously uplifting and brutally sombre account of three Syrian siblings, Marwa, Ayah and Mahmoud, as they grow up in the shadow of the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.

Despite their circumstance, they are playful, loving and full of wonder, with a radiant positivity and optimism that seems inconceivable. Filmed over the course of four years, Dina Naser’s sublime documentary observes these children as they grow up in displacement, offering an account which is affectionate, honest and respectful, avoiding patronising sentimentality, and providing a potency and resonance that will endure long after viewing.

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

20:45 | Tuesday 12th November | Triskel

‘What Time is Death?’

Join director Paul Duane this Tuesday to experience ‘What Time is Death?’ followed by a Q&A.

After retiring from the music business, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, formerly The KLF, entered the art world as the K Foundation. Following their biggest artistic statement to date (filming the burning of a million pounds) they signed a contract on the bonnet of a Nissan vowing not to mention the burning for 23 years, then promptly disappeared. Sure enough, 23 years later, in 2017, the K Foundation resurfaced with plans to build a ‘People’s Pyramid’ in Liverpool filled with human ashes.

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 | Tuesday 12th November | Triskel

Second Chance

There’s still time to catch documentary and narrative features you may have missed, with our ‘Second Chance to See’ screenings this Tuesday: