Opening Night at the 65th Cork International Film Festival

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Opening Night at CIFF2020

We are delighted to open the Festival with our 65th Anniversary Gala, the Irish Premiere of ‘The Racer‘ followed by a live Q&A with the Cast and Filmmakers. Join us at 7pm for a special pre-screening show ‘CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room’ streaming live across our social media channels and on our website! Host Red FM’s Dave Mac is joined by the director of The Racer, Kieron J Walsh along with Tara Lee and the CIFF Team in the build up to our 65th Anniversary Gala. 

To celebrate our milestone 65th Festival Edition, CIFF Hotel Partners The Metropole Hotel and The Montenotte have created two bespoke cocktail recipes for audiences to make and enjoy at home. Mix up ‘The Wheel Deal’ while you watch ‘The Racer‘ and fix yourself a ‘Cameo Royale’ with Irish Gala and World Premiere ‘The Bright Side‘ – read on for the recipes!

A select number of films in the programme are scheduled releases and will become available at specific times during the Festival. We’ll keep you posted on daily releases, special events, competitions and the CIFF2020 Award Winners here.

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Opening Night

65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’

Directed by Kieron J. Walsh and set in the Summer of 1998 when the Tour de France passed through Ireland, ‘The Racer’ is an exhilarating action film and dark comedy that packs an adrenalin-filled punch right to the finish line.

Pop a cork (and some popcorn!) to toast the opening of the 65th Cork International Film Festival! Join us for ‘CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room’ a pre-screening live stream chat with director of ‘The Racer’ Kieron J. Walsh and cast member Tara Lee, hosted by Red FM’s Dave Mac. Tune in at 7pm on Sunday at or any of our social media channels for chats, laughs, drinks and more!

Sun 8 November
7pm CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room
7.30pm 65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’
Followed by a Live Q&A with Cast and Filmmakers
‘The Wheel Deal’ Cocktail
The Metropole Hotel

65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’Ingredients:
1 shot Baileys
1 shot vodka
1 shot coffee liquor (Kahlua or Tia Maria)
1 shot regular cream
1 teaspoon caramel syrup
Pinch of sea salt

Method: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for approximately 1 minute. Strain into chilled glass. Top with 3 pieces of toffee popcorn.

Top Tip From The Metropole Mixologist: Enjoy with some ice-cream, popcorn or our top recommendation ‘Green & Blacks Butterscotch Chocolate’.

Monday Night Release: The Bright Side

Stand-up comedian Kate (Gemma-Leah Devereux) thinks her life has no meaning and is not worth continuing. When she’s diagnosed with breast cancer, even the universe seems to agree with her. However, a close encounter with death – and four other women on the chemo ward – might just change her mind and even her life. Ruth Meehan’s feature directorial debut offers black humour, cynicism and trust in the power of friendship and love in a perfect and refreshing blend of poignant and funny storytelling.Join us at 8pm on Monday 9 Nov for ‘CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room – Girls Night In’, a pre-screening chat with the cast and cocktails, streaming live across our social media!  Whip up a ‘Cameo Royale’, tune into the pre-show chat and watch the World Premiere of ‘The Bright Side’ followed by a live post-screening Q&A with the cast.

8pm CIFF2020 Live From The Living Room – Girls Night In
8.30pm ‘The Bright Side’ World Premiere
Followed by a Live Q&A with Cast and Filmmakers
‘The Cameo Royale’
The Montenotte Hotel for the Irish Gala ‘The Bright Side’ 
30ml of Vodka
20ml of Aperol
20ml of lemon juice
20ml of strawberry purée
Dash of grenadine
Method: Mix all the above ingredients together and top up with Champagne.

Monday Night Release: The Sheriff

Framed through the lens of the recent sheriff election in Frederick, Maryland, ‘The Sheriff presents an expertly crafted portrayal of endemic polarization in contemporary US politics. The fierce electoral battle between conservative incumbent Chuck Jenkins and moderate Democrat Karl Bickel not only provides a broad analysis and sterling entertainment, but illustrates the profound chasm that is reflective of wider American society, and is particularly poignant within the context of the country’s current controversies surrounding policing.
Online: 6pm Mon 9 – Sun 15 November