Our Opening Weekend has kicked off our 68th edition with a feast of film premieres, including the World Premiere of One Night in Millstreet (our Irish Gala) and International Premiere of Brave the Dark which both screened today followed by exclusive Q&As with very special guests.
There are lots of cinematic treats to look forward to in the next few days, including Taika Waititi’s highly anticipated sports comedy Next Goal Wins with Michael Fassbender, and more. Please note, the screening of International Shorts 1 at The Everyman tomorrow, Sunday, at 10:30am has been re-scheduled to 10am, Mon 13th Nov at the Triskel.
NEXT GOAL WINS
Next Goal Wins (8pm, Mon 13th Nov, The Everyman)
Directed by Academy Award® Winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), ‘Next Goal Wins’ is the glorious true story of an American Samoa football team that never won, let alone scored a goal, until one day when a new coach from Europe arrives… and the rest is a history.
Michael Fassbender stars as Dutch coach Thomas Rongern who tries to turn the American Samoan soccer team from losers into winners in this biographical sports comedy-drama directed by Taika Waititi.
Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.
BURY OUR HEARTS AT THE BEND OF THE RIVER + FILMMAKER Q&A
The River Lee has long held a fascination for Cork artist Aoife Desmond. Bury Our Hearts at the Bend in the River captures her, accompanied by dance artist Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and performer Kanako Haru, creating a number of spontaneous interactions and performances between the source and the mouth of the river.
Golden hour dawns and mist-covered landscapes are given an extra iridescence thanks to the particular magic of hand-processed 16mm film, spinning the ecstatic in the Edenic setting.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Aoife Desmond.
Salem’s Lot (1pm, Mon 13th Nov, The Everyman)
Master of horror Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Stephen King’s second novel, Salem’s Lot was a global sensation upon release. Made as a two-part television miniseries, the tale of vampires in a small New England town featured scenes which embedded themselves into the terrified minds of those who tuned in, and have continued to influence modern horror to this day.
With a superb cast headed by David Soul and James Mason, we are delighted to present the complete version in all its creepy glory. Bring garlic!
DISCOVERY CHOICE: FREE RADICALS
Free Radicals (3.30pm, Tue 14th Nov, Triskel)
It’s been a year of acronyms in the filmmaking world as SAG-AFTRA and the WGA went on strike because of, well, AI. The use of Artificial Intelligence in the creative industries became something of a bogeyman. Despite its prevalence in modern life it impinged on our thinking in ways which we had never considered.
So when the opportunity arose, we could not resist introducing one film to the programme that explores the creative possibilities of AI. Even so, we will always celebrate the resourceful, independent and visionary filmmakers who exist in artistic freedom outside of the world of those aforementioned acronyms – the “free radicals.” And long may it be so!
Please note: this programme contains sequences of fast flashing lights. It may affect people who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
INTINN YOUTH FILM & MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
CIFF is proud to present Intinn, our free film and mental health programme, during our 68th Festival. Meaning ‘mind’ or ‘way of thinking’, Intinn offers Transition Year students the opportunity to explore mental health, personal well-being and strategies of resilience through film and workshops led by youth mental health specialists. Over the next week, Intinn will be delivered to young people from schools across Cork City and County at St. Peter’s Cork from 13th to 20th Nov.
Developed in collaboration with University College Cork School of Nursing and Midwifery, Intinn is supported by ESB Energy for Generations Fund, and has been shortlisted for multiple Business to Arts Awards in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Supported by ESB Energy for Generations Fund, UCC, Cork County Council and Cork City Council.