CFF2019: Wednesday 13th November Highlights!

DAY 7: We may be just over halfway through the 64th Cork Film Festival but we still have so many amazing films and events to enjoy this week until Sunday! Wednesday’s highlights include the second of our Illuminate Film and Mental Health Programme titles System Crasher’ and the return of our hugely popular Cine Concert event with the 1920s horror classic ‘Der Golem’. Our popular screenings of shorts programmes continues with ‘International Shorts 4‘ and ‘Irish Shorts 3‘. Today’s feature highlights include  the beautifully vibrant ‘So Long, My Son’, and don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet the makers of ‘Here for Life’ and ‘The Evening Redness in the South‘.

Our first Industry Day kicks off with a free youth event to provide an accessible overview of and introduction to the film industry in Careers in Screen. If you’ve missed something during the first half of the Festival, catch up with seven ‘Second Chance’ screenings this Wednesday!

Illuminate Film and Mental Health Programme: ‘System Crasher’

Nora Fingscheidt striking debut feature ‘System Crasher’ is a sensitive and moving depiction of mental illness.

A troubled, confrontational nine-year-old, Benni is abandoned by her exasperated mother and left in the care of social services, where practitioners are running out of options for how to deal with her. Micha is assigned as her school escort who offers empathy where everyone else has given up, but will this be enough to help her?

The screening on Wednesday 13th of November will be followed by a post screening discussion with advocates from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), EPIC (Empowering People in Care) and the HSE, who will give their reactions to the film and discuss how it relates to their own professional experiences.

Cork Film Festival’s Illuminate film and mental health programme presents a series of film and public discussion events which explore different aspects of mental health and wellbeing, in partnership with Arts+Minds and Cork Mental Health Service HSE, First Fortnight and ESB Energy for Generations Fund. The programme, which was initiated in 2014 and is unique in Ireland, presents a series of films which explore mental health and wellbeing, and discussions with filmmakers and mental health professionals, inspired by the films. You can catch our final Illuminate screening ‘The Sweet Hereafter’, introduced by award-winning filmmaker Carmel Winters, on Saturday 12th November at 12:00.

18.00 | Wednesday 13th November | Triskel

Second Chance Screening: 15:00 | Thursday 14th November | Triskel
(No post-screening discussion)


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Short Film Highlights this Wednesday

Our first shorts programme on Wednesday is ‘International Shorts 4: A Place in The World‘. This programme presents six shorts from International filmmakers, dealing with people who are looking for meaning, for somewhere to belong, or just something that expresses who they are.

12:45 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema

Hellos, goodbyes and reconciliations are never simple – ‘Irish Shorts Programme 3: ‘Friends, Families and Other Strangers’ explores all of this and more through six Irish-made Shorts.

15:30 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema

Cine-Concert: ‘Der Golem’

Widely considered to be an inspirational title in the horror genre and one of the very few films from early 1920s that hasn’t been lost or destroyed, ‘Der Golem’ is returned to its original colour-tinted glory in a new 4K restoration.

Taking its themes from folkloric legend, ‘Der Golem’ tells the tale of Rabbi Loew, a Jewish community leader who creates a huge monster from clay to help save his people from persecution.  Join us at this special screening, kindly supported by Goethe-Institut Irland, presented with a live score performed by leading silent film accompanist Stephen Horne, house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for thirty years. 

21:30 | Wednesday 13th November | Triskel Arts Centre

Second Chance Screening: 12:30 | Thursday 14th November | Triskel
(No live music accompaniment)

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Award-Winning Feature: ‘So Long, My Son’

As social commentary, ‘So Long, My Son’ is stunning in its sweep and ambition, presenting contrasts between urban and rural, rich and poor and between the earnest days following the Cultural Revolution and the creeping capitalism of today.

Wang Xiaoshuai’s family epic spans three decades of Chinese history, charting years of social and political change in the country through the experience of a couple who have to endure the pain of having witnessed their son die at a young age. It is a deeply moving and intense melodrama, featuring an entertaining, recurring cast of characters passing through the times.

20:00 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema
Second Chance Screening: 13:00 | Thursday 14th November |
The Gate Cinema 

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Meet the Makers at #CFF2019

‘Here for Life’ stands as an important, poetic and potent statement for our times.

The resilient stories of ten London residents form the basis of this collaborative project directed by artist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, founder of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre project that aims to change the lives of homeless people through the performing arts. The subjects congregate at Nomadic Community Garden in Shoreditch, East London, where they tell stories, eat, dance and bicker, eventually producing provocative performance pieces of their own. Collectively, they resist the gentrification and the erosion of communities they are witnesses to.

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

20:45 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema 

‘The Evening Redness in the South’ is a film of rare, artful grace depicting a specifically Irish existence with delicate lyricism and profound observations.

Colin Hickey’s ravishing, poetic feature is dialogue-free, gives a platform to an impressive cast of unknown talent, and was filmed entirely in Co. Cork. Amidst images of men at work on building sites, mist rolling over the countryside, gloriously vivid skylines and tenderly reconstructed memories, a narrative of sorts is played out, as the life and loves of an unnamed protagonist (portrayed by Louis Jacob with compelling screen presence) are hinted at.

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 | Wednesday 13th November | The Gate Cinema

Second Chance Screening: 12:45 | Thursday 14th November |
The Gate Cinema

#CFF2019 Schools Programme

We kicked off our annual dedicated Schools Programme on Monday 11th which will run until Thursday 14th, in partnership with the Irish Film Institute Education Department. These specially selected titles support film in school curricula across Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle in French, German, Spanish, as well as Geography and Transition Year.

In addition to our packed Schools Programme all week in Cork, Midleton, Mallow and Youghal, we are delighted to present Careers in Screen, a free event on Wednesday at 1.30pm, in the Republic of Work, in partnership with Screen Skills Ireland. A dynamic and interactive audience led event for 3rd-6th year students, ‘Careers in Screen’ aims to highlight the wide variety of career paths available in film and television, providing an instructive, educational and inspirational platform for participants.Case studies of major Cork productions, including ‘Float Like a Butterfly’ and ‘The Young Offenders’, will be the focal point of the event, with contributions by Carmel Winters (Director of ‘Float Like A Butterfly’, CFF2018 Audience Award Winner) and members of the creative teams and key crew involved. We’d be delighted to welcome individual young people, as well as class groups.

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Worried you’ve missed your only chance to see some spectacular festival narrative features? Fear not because our ‘Second Chance to See’ screenings this Wednesday will have you caught up in no time:

13:00: ‘Premature’
13:15: ‘Papicha’
13:30: ‘The Whalebone Box’
15:15: ‘Bull’
15:45: ‘A White, White Day’
16:00: ‘In Our Paradise’