Cork Film Festival unveils packed programme for 64th festival

Dave Mac caught up with Fiona Clarke ahead of the launch of the 64th Cork Film Festival


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A trio of Irish premiere Galas have been announced for the 64th Cork Film Festival, with the launch of the 2019 programme today. The 11-day Festival, running from 7–17 November, features the Irish premiere of Feras Fayyad’s gripping film on war-torn Syria The Cave as its Documentary Gala (15 Nov). The Irish Gala is Aoife Crehan’s comedy-drama debut The Last Right (14 Nov), while the Family Gala is Disney’s long-awaited Frozen 2 (17 Nov), ahead of its general release. It brings to five the number of Galas at this year’s festival, with Opening Gala Ordinary Love and Closing Gala The Other Lamb already announced. Over 300 films and events are included in the packed 2019 programme, with 90% of the features, documentaries and shorts having their first screening in Cork. Tickets are available at from 7pm today, 15 October.


Festival Director and CEO Fiona Clark said: “Cork Film Festival has always sought to offer audiences the latest and best in world cinema — from award-winners on the international festival circuit to exciting new discoveries and home-grown talent. The breadth and quality of the programme, with 63 countries represented, reflects our ambition to celebrate the best cinema to a diverse and growing audience. With our 64-year legacy, we will continue to challenge and excite.


Cork Film Festival is proudly supported by Principal Funder the Arts Council, along with Cork City Council, Screen Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Screen Skills Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Fundraising Fellowship Ireland, ESB Energy for Generations Fund and Creative Europe Media. Principal Media Partner is RTÉ and Media Partners are the Irish Examiner and Red FM. Principal Venue Partner is The Gate Cinemas; Principal Accommodation Partner is The River Lee; and Principal Drinks Partner is Murphy’s.


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