Thursday 18 January 2018

Pleasure List: Old rebel festival still has the potential to excite

Crash course: Redford in All Is Lost
Crash course: Redford in All Is Lost

THIS weekend sees the launch of the 58th Cork Film Festival screening the best of Irish and International film and taking place from November 9 to 17. It is Ireland's oldest film festival and indeed one of the oldest film festivals in the world and as any self-respecting Cork man will tell you, certainly older than any of those festivals above in Dublin.

In its heyday the Cork Festival was no stranger to a bit of controversy. Since its inception in 1956 it has incited many a "down with this sort of thing" style protest and was the scourge of many a conservative Cork mammy. These days the festival is still bringing thought-provoking insightful films and documentaries to the rebel county. Offerings include a mini-series of punk documentaries, comedian Dylan Moran discussing some of his favourite films and a celebration of documentary maker James Broughton who paved the way for the Beat Generation. Exciting international features include All Is Lost starring Robert Redford faced with his own mortality after a collision in the Indian Sea, while closer to home John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Sea will be brought to life on the big screen by director Stephan Brown. For a full programme of events and tickets go to www.corkfilmfest.org

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