Today, CIFF2023 kicked off a new week with a diverse selection of premieres and classics, including sports comedy Next Goal Wins directed by Taika Waititi and Jane Campion’s iconic The Piano.
There are lots more captivating films and events coming up, including the third of our Best New Irish Feature Award nominees, All You Need is Death, and the first of our renowned Industry Events, First Take.
BEST NEW IRISH FEATURE AWARD: ALL YOU NEED IS DEATH + Q&A
All You Need is Death (8pm, Wed 15th Nov, The Everyman)
Young couple Anna and Aleks collect folk ballads, the rarer the better, and the more money they can sell them for. Following a tip from a fellow collector, they secretly record a song so ancient that it is in a forgotten dialect. But once they begin to translate the song, they discover the terrifying reason why it was never meant to be passed on.
Acclaimed Irish director Paul Duane’s first foray into genre film is a folk horror steeped in the dark mythology of the folk song, bolstered by an outstanding cast and a suitably ominous soundtrack from Lankum’s Ian Lynch.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Paul Duane and hosted by CIFF Senior Programmer Don O’Mahony. Paul Duane will also participate in a Career Interview in First Take on Thu 16th Nov at St. Peter’s Cork.
In competition for the inaugural CIFF Best New Irish Feature Award, proudly supported by the Irish Examiner. The winner will be announced on Sun 19th Nov.
INDUSTRY EVENT: FIRST TAKE
First Take (12-5pm, Thu 16th Nov, Triskel)
First Take is a training and development platform for newly established film professionals, film and media students and the wider film industry, which comprises case studies, presentations and panel discussions. Its intention is to promote fresh thinking amongst emerging and working filmmakers, inspiring them to be proactive in creating and promoting their own film work.
- Screen Greening | Fostering a Sustainable Industry
- Uniting Perpsectives | A Discussion on Inclusion
- Spotlight on Short Filmmakers
- Paul Duane | Career Interview
The event will be followed by a networking reception from 5pm supported by the National Talent Academies. Drinks will be provided by our Drinks Partner Murphy’s and Rebel City Distillery.
CIFF Industry Events are presented in partnership with:
DISCOVERY CHOICE: SISI & I
Sisi & I (Sisi & Ich) (5pm, Wed 15th Nov, The Everyman)
A delightful comedy about a relationship between Empress Sisi and her new lady-in-waiting Countess Irma. Set on Corfu, the Empress spends her summer away from the restrictions of the Austrian court.
“There’s an elastic, enjoyable restlessness to all this behind-closed-court-doors bustle and bitchery, recalling less the sparse, close-up character interrogation of ‘Corsage’ than the snippy gamesmanship of ‘The Favourite’, buoyed by the itchy friction between Hüller’s anxious, aspirational energy and Wolff’s cool, complacent hauteur.” Variety
INTERNATIONAL SHORTS 4: DOCUMENTARY
International Shorts 4: Documentary (1pm, Wed 15th Nov, Triskel)
Some of the greatest innovations and blurring of cinematic boundaries have been occurring in the most recent years in the documentary genre. This programme contains films that present the topic of self-harm and suicide, but also capture the beauty and wonder of everyday experiences.
Modern Speed tries to separate the entangled sense of confusion and youthful bravado. Voice of the Land is the latest offering from the exciting Brazil-Irish filmmaking duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, who we featured as part of our collaboration with the National Sculpture Factory in 2022. Loveboard presents a very modern found footage tale of love and loss. Calls is an equally modern trawl through the human condition in the pressure cooker environment of an emergency call centre. And Aqueronte is a pure cinematic treat, which will have the audience floating in the same liminal space as the film’s subjects.
All films are eligible for the Grand Prix Documentary Short Award.
CORK FILM TRAIL
Embark on a cinematic journey through the heart of Cork City with the 2023 Cork Film Trail. Celebrate our 68 years of the Festival through captivating visuals from the CIFF Digital Archive at five iconic locations:
- St. Peter’s Cork, CIFF Festival Hub, North Main Street
- The Savoy, St. Patrick’s Street
- The Metropole Hotel (To Have & To Hold), MacCurtain Street
- The Irish Examiner, Oliver Plunkett Street
- City Hall Atrium, Anglesea Street
Navigate the city with our online Trail map and bite-sized podcasts, and discover Cork’s renowned charm and hospitality at nearby pubs. Plus, stay tuned to our socials for the return of our popular free Trail pub quiz during the Festival.