It may be a question of taste, but food and film have much in common, stimulating our emotions and fuelling body and soul. Cork is legendary for its rich food culture, showcasing some of the finest Irish products whilst drawing on rich international influences, and driving change in food production. Rooted in Cork and open to the world, this new programme strand celebrates our city’s status as Ireland’s culinary and cultural capital.

For the adrenaline-fueled drama Boiling Point, we paired up with The River Lee to offer a special film-and-supper package and welcomed the film’s director, Philip Barantini for a post-screening Q&A. Michelin Stars II: Nordic by Nature transported viewers to fine dining at its geographical and culinary extremes, followed by a lively post-screening panel discussion with the director. Acclaimed documentarian Morgan Neville’s film Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain was a bittersweet technicolour look at the life and career of this celebrity chef, revealing the influence of film on his view of the world.


Boiling Point + Director Philip Barantini Q&A

Philip Barantini / UK / 2021 / 95 mins plus Q&A

Even before his shift has started, head chef Andy is stressed. He gets to his restaurant to find that everything is already running behind, a food inspector is scouring the kitchens and the hostess has overbooked. To add to the pressure, Andy’s mentor has booked a table and unexpectedly brings along a top food critic as his guest. Told in one continuous 90-minute shot, and featuring the exceptional Stephen Graham in the lead role, Philip Barantini’s adrenalin-fuelled film is a headlong dive into the intense world of high-class dining.

The film’s director, Philip Barantini participated in a post-screening Q&A.

A three-course supper + glass of wine in The Grill Room (choice of two dishes per course) at The River Lee Hotel ahead of the screening of Boiling Point + Q&A, at the Gate Cinema, Cork.


Michelin Stars II: Nordic By Nature + Panel Discussion

Rasmus Dinesen / Denmark, Spain / 2021 / 65 mins plus Q&A

In a remote valley of the Faroe Islands, reachable only by off-road vehicles, is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant called Koks. Foodies travel to the Faroe Islands from all over to experience for themselves Koks’ reinvention of local traditional food, featuring controversial ingredients such as whale and puffin meat. Five years after his successful Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen, director Rasmus Dinesen returns with the story of young, down-to-earth chef Poul Andrias Ziska and his team, trying in extreme conditions to combine local cooking traditions with modern cuisine amid the beauty and wilderness of the Faroe Islands.

There was a post-screening discussion led by Regina Sexton, food historian & food writer, UCC and featuring:
  • Rasmus Dinesen – Director, Michelin Stars II, Nordic by Nature
  • Jesper Becker – Producer, Michelin Stars II, Nordic by Nature
  • Ahmet Dede (Head Chef, Dede, Baltimore, Co.Cork)
  • Mags Coughlan, Head Gardener at Ballymaloe House

Tuesday November 9th 2021, Triskel Arts Centre, 17:00.


Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain + Brunch Discount

Morgan Neville / USA / 2021 / 118 mins

Academy Award®-winning documentarian Morgan Neville (20 Feet from StardomWon’t You Be My Neighbour – CIFF2018) delivers a high-octane-yet-haunting new documentary about celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. The film is a bittersweet technicolour look at the life and career of this larger-than-life character, revealing the inspiration and influences, including of film, on his view of the world.

All ticket holders to this film received a 10% discount on brunch (single use) at 51 Cornmarket Street for the duration of the festival!

Sunday November 7th 2021, The Gate Multiplex, 11:30.