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