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Cork Film Fest 2012 kicks off with hundreds of movies set to screen

57th Corona Cork Film Festival set to screen 300 Irish and international movies

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Cork Film Fest 2012 kicks off with hundreds of movies set to screen

The 57th Corona Cork Film Festival, which announced its exciting programme of events today (Wednesday October 17), will take place from November 11-18 and will screen over 300 Irish and International Feature Films, World Cinema, Documentaries and Short Films from all over the world.
 
The Festival will open with the screening of The Great Flood, directed by Bill Morrison and inspired by the catastrophic Mississippi River Flood of 1927. The screening will be accompanied by a live performance on the Cork Opera House stage by the legendary jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, this is the only Irish date for this very special performance.
 
Directed by Oscar-winning writer Martin McDonagh, the acclaimed Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell will close the festival on November 18. The Corona Cork Film Festival is delighted to screen the Irish Premiere of the film.
 
Seven Psychopaths is a blood-drenched, black comedy which follows a group of oddball friends who find themselves entangled in Los Angeles' criminal underworld.
 
Commenting on Corona’s sponsorship of The Corona Cork Film Festival, Irish distributor Michael Barry, MD of Barry & Fitzwilliam, said, “We are very proud to be title sponsors of the Corona Cork Film Festival for the sixth year.  It is encouraging to see a festival that is now in its 57th year continue to thrive and bring a refreshing new mix of features, shorts and documentaries to film enthusiasts from Ireland and abroad and this year looks more exciting than ever.  The partnership has been a resounding success for Corona Extra and this year we focus the sponsorship on our Corona Light brand, launched earlier this year. We encourage people to ‘experience the light’, cameras and action!”
 
Exciting International features in the programme include Reality which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, The Oranges, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Laurie and In Another Country an intriguing South Korean comedy starring Isabelle Huppert.
 
Just the Wind won the Jury Grand Prix at the Berlin Film Festival while Step Up to the Plate is a fascinating film that follows French master chef Michel Bras as he hands the reins of his restaurant to his son Sebastien.  The Corona Cork Film Festival will screen Laurence Anyways, an award-winning film by young Canadian Director Xavier Dolan and Dollhouse, Kirsten Sheridan’s latest feature.
 
Strong International documentaries include My Father and the Man in Black, which tells the untold story of Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager Saul Holiff and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.
 
Bestiaire is a mesmerizing visual study of the interaction between humans and captive animals while Les Invisibles gives an insightful glimpse into the lives of older gay men and lesbians. Trashed is a provocative ecological investigation narrated by Jeremy Irons.
 
The festival will showcase the best in Irish documentary making and will screen the world premiere of Skin in the Game directed by Donald Taylor-Black and Get the Picture a film about John T. Morris, former Picture editor of the New York Times.
 
Local documentary production is to the fore with 161 Days: The Vita Cortex Workers Struggle and Am an Gháthair the true story of Josephine Brown, who agreed to spy for the IRA in Cork’s Victoria Barracks on condition that the IRA kidnap her son from her in-laws in the UK. The IRA man involved was Major. F O’Donogue, later a member of the founding committee of Cork Film Festival.
 
In association with the Irish Film Archive, the festival pays hommage to John T Davies and his Ulster Punk Trilogy. This will compliment the screening of Good Vibrations, the unforgettable story of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene. Fire And Ice will reconfigure film in a live electronic performance in Triskel Christchurch.
 
In partnership with the Cork Film Centre, the festival is delighted to welcome French film artist Christoph Giradet to Cork to present two programmes of his exceptional work and his creative partnership with Matthias Múller.
 
To celebrate 100 years of Paramount Pictures, the Corona Cork Film Festival will screen the classic Harold and Maude and The African Queen following their digital restoration.
 
The festival is a platform for the art of short filmmaking and will screen over 30 programmes of local, Irish and International short films. A special tribute to the late influential filmmaker Paddy Jolley and great friend of the festival will take place. There is a unique focus on the weird and wonderful works of Belgium short film and a retrospective look at the output of IADT National Film School.
 
The Festival will present OutLook 22, Ireland’s longest running LGBT film programme. For the full programme of screenings and tickets see www.corkfilmfest.org
 

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