This Friday 24th, we have a remarkably powerful, disarmingly funny and thoroughly engaging Documentary Gala, Is There Anybody Out There?, about discrimination, all-pervasive societal ableism and the strength of self-love needed to carve out a space that fits you in this world. Director Ella Glendining will attend this screening and also be the keynote speaker at Doc Day as part of our Industry Events on Fri 24th Nov.
Wherever you are across Cork City and County this Saturday 25th, you can catch three Festival hits near you as part of Super Cine Saturday. The Reel Picture Ballincollig and Blackpool; Cinemax Bantry; Gate Cinemas Midleton and Mallow; and Regal Cinema Youghal will exclusively show a ‘Taste of CIFF’ with three specially selected features from the 68th Festival programme: Robot Dreams, One Night in Millstreet and Fallen Leaves.
DOCUMENTARY GALA: IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?
Documentary Gala: Is There Anybody Out There? (8pm, Fri 24th Nov, Triskel)
Ella Glendining was born without hip joints and shortened femurs, a very rare set of physical conditions. Having grown up loving her body, but knowing nobody with a similar one, Ella ventures out beyond her East Anglian home to try and find someone that she can physically relate to. A remarkably powerful, disarmingly funny and thoroughly engaging film about discrimination, all-pervasive societal ableism and the strength of self-love needed to carve out a space that fits you in this world. RBC
Winner, KrakówFF 2023 – Silver Horn Award; Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival 2023, South By Southwest 2023
The Sweet East (8.30pm, Thu 23rd Nov, Triskel)
Boasting a superb cast: Talia Ryder, Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, Priscilla), Ayo Edebiri (The Bear, Bottoms). The Sweet East is a whirlwind of a road movie and a 21st century fairytale, and the directorial debut from cinematographer Sean Price Williams.
Lillian runs away whilst on a school trip, and so begins a journey through the mental psyche of the United States of America. Lillian’s excursion navigates her through encounters with punks, woke hipsters, white supremacists and Islamic radicals, placing her at the centre of their worlds whilst she floats through seemingly unaffected.
In competition for the CIFF Youth Jury Award. The winner will be announced on Sunday 26th November.
My Friend Lanre (5.45pm, Thursday 23rd, Triskel)
Leo Regan and Lanre Fehintola have been friends, photographers and close collaborators for over 25 years. Around the turn of the millennium Lanre’s complex relationship to heroin was documented in two ground-breaking films Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply (1998) and Cold Turkey (2001).
Using this extensive archive Regan pulls together a tender, funny and deeply moving celebration of comradeship and creativity, while all the time attentively bearing witness to the passing of his beautifully infuriating friend.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Leo Regan.
Official Selection – Sheffield Doc Fest 2023
CORK JEWISH CULTURE VIRTUAL WALK
WITH RUTI LACHS
Cork Jewish Culture (3.30pm, Thu 23rd, St. Peter’s)
Screening of short documentary film, Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walk followed by a discussion with director Ruti Lachs.
The Cork Jewish Culture Virtual Walk documentary video explores some of the history and culture of the Cork Jewish communities. Produced and presented by local musician, Ruti Lachs, this documentary won a National Heritage Week Award.
It focuses on seven little-known Jewish sites in the city, with funny stories, evocative poems, tales from history, traditional songs, and klezmer music from members of the Cork communities past and present, including David Goldberg, son of former Cork Lord Mayor Gerald Goldberg, Filis Rosenberg, born in Cork, and members of Cork’s current Jewish community, Marnina Winkler and Val Davin.
Free but ticketed.
ONLINE PROGRAMME: MELCHOIR THE APOTHECARY
Melchoir the Apothecary (Mon 20th – Sun 26th Nov, Online)
Melchior is an apothecary who is also adept at solving crimes, looking to science and evidence rather than superstition and faith, in mediaeval Tallinn. When a mysterious and bloody wave of murders sweep the town, Melchior is deputised by the sheriff and is dropped headlong into a world of conspiracy and mysterious church dealings.
One of the most successful films at the Estonian box office in recent history, Melchior the Apothecary is an engrossing mediaeval crime drama.
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Estonia in Dublin
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.