Under the patronage of His Excellency Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland
28th Cork French Film Festival brings you a sensational programme with a strong emphasis on contemporary French Cinema, dynamic directing, a wealth of new releases, and a host of up and coming new names from France.
Cork French Film Festival is especially honoured to welcome Yann Arthus-Bertrand, internationally acclaimed Photographer and Director, to present his latest Documentary HUMAN. This remarkable artist and Humanitarian will also give a Masterclass in UCC. Nous sommes ravis de l’accueillir!
Cork French Film Festival will also welcome Manal Issa, star of Parisienne, whose image graces the cover of our Brochure. Manal, un grand bienvenue parmi nous !
We are delighted to welcome back our Film Programmer, Julien Planté, who has put together another superb programme to light up the silver screen at the Gate Cinema (Main Venue). Julien, London-based French producer, brings us the best and latest releases from France.
We can look forward to a host of Premieres and Previews, opening with The Odyssey, a visually stunning biopic of Jacques Cousteau’s life.
Also not to be missed the psychological thriller Moka, In Bed with Victoria – a comedy à la française critically acclaimed in Cannes, the evocative period piece Frantz, as well as the exquisite Polina – a film about dance set
between Moscow and Paris. There is something for everyone, including wonderful children’s animated films
– the acclaimed Moon Man, an adaptation of Tomi Ungerer’s classic, and My Life as a Courgette, a charming and funny preview screening.
In addition to our film screenings at the Gate Cinema, the Cork French Film Festival continues its enduring link between Food and Cinema, with a number of enticing culinary events. A sumptuous Candle-lit Dinner is guaranteed at Ballymaloe House, followed by the screening of the delightful Les Saveurs du Palais, based on a true story about President Mitterrand’s personal Chef at the Elysée Palace. In CIT, all chocolate lovers are in for a treat with an unmissable Demonstration, Tasting and Q&A by French Chocolatier Benoît Lorge, with a film screening afterwards. Also, enjoy a delightful evening at The River Lee, with the screening Red Obsession, followed by Dinner and Wine Pairing.
Don’t miss Cork’s internationally-acclaimed Ray Scannell, who will score and perform a live commissioned work for CFFF, for the silent film L’appel du Sang, at Cork School of Music – Curtis Auditorium.
This year we are again extremely honoured to have His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, as Patron of the Cork French Film Festival. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to our Principal Funder, the Arts Council of Ireland, to Cork City Council, by whom the Festival is Grant-Aided, RTE Supporting the Arts, Le Cordon Bleu, Barry’s Tea, Cork Airport, and all our sponsors and venues. A very special thank you to our incredible and hard-working team, to our generous volunteers and to all those who have helped in any way to make this festival happen.
Un immense merci to our wonderful and loyal public. You are at the heart of our festival and have supported the Cork French Film Festival in its 28 year-journey. We welcome you to join us for a fantastique cinematic experience.
Excellent Festival à vous tous!
NORA CALLANAN, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR