James Bond villain takes on Cork film festival
JAMES Bond villain Mathieu Amalric is to be the guest of honour at the 26th Cork French Film Festival.
The event, which runs from March 1-8, will be opened by the French actor best known for playing 007's nemesis in the blockbuster 'Quantum of Solace'.
The French star, who is also a critically-acclaimed director, will take part in a special question-and-answer session as well as a master class for aspiring young actors. Amalric (inset) also starred in such acclaimed films as Steven Spielberg's 'Munich' and 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly'.
The Cork festival will feature his latest film, 'The Blue Room'.
Other stars whose work will feature in the festival include Tomi Ungerer, Abderrahmane Sissako, Xavier Dolan, Cedric Kahn and Celine Sciamma.
One of the highlights of the Cork festival will be a special celebration of the legacy of Max Linder.
The slapstick comedy pioneer was hailed by Charlie Chaplin as "the great master". Cork will also host a selection of Breton short films.