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Film Festival opens with Disco Pigs...
After months of careful viewing and selecting the
organizers of the Murphy's Cork Film Festival announced
details of the festival programme including the much
anticipated Disco Pigs.
year's festival, the 46th, runs from Sunday October
7th to Sunday October 14th and its main venues are
Cork Opera House, Kino Arthouse Cinema, Triskel Arts
Centre and for the first time, an outreach programme
into Cork county, though the use of the Cinemobile.
Director, Mick Hannigan said at the launch
of the Dublin launch of the Festival that he was particularly
excited that the festival would be opening with "Disco
Pigs". "It is a very powerful film with
so many Cork connections", he said. "The
original play was produced by Corcadorca here in Cork,
it is set here and of course features Cillian Murphy
as one of the leads." "Disco Pigs is the
perfect start to what we expect will be a great festival."
he continued. "We have a wonderful line up of
films, both features and documentaries, as well as
our usual blend of the best in shorts, animation and
digital work - itıs a very packed programme."
Speaking at the launch, Kevin Cullinane, Brand
Manager, Murphy's, commented on the growing stature
and scope of the festival. "Just like its host
city Cork, the Festival is open to all that is new
and exciting, allowing us to experience, through the
art of film, a world of diverse cultures, societies
and traditions. Whether a producer, director, actor,
film buff, or an occasional cinemagoer, this is a
week full of promise, and no doubt, pints of the reel
Across the city venues there will be many special
events happening in addition to the film screenings,
with exhibitions, book launches and seminars.
"Ireland into Film" series will also be
launched at the Festival. This, the first project
in a number of planned collaborations between Cork
University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland,
is aimed at increasing the critical understanding
of Irish Film.
festival's Digital Intelligence programme, showcasing
the best in new media works, makes a welcome return
and there is also a special focus on award-winning
English filmmaker John Smith, whose film "Blight"
won the award for Best European Short Film at Cork
The Closing Gala film is "Dark Blue World",
a romantic wartime drama by Jan Sverak, and
is his follow up to the much loved "Kolya".
In addition to directing, Sverak plays the entire
crew of a damaged B-25 bomber (in flight) thanks to
computer added effects - he's the pilot, navigator
and the gunners at the same time.
year Cork will also present a midweek Gala screening
of "The Deep End", starring Tilda Swinton
and ER's Goran Visnjic.
Other feature highlights include Nicole Kidman
in "The Others", "Ghost World",
"Hedwig And The Angry Inch", "No Man's
Land", and new features from directors such as
Sean Penn, Jan Svankmajer, and Werner Herzog.
Film is well represented at the Cork festival, not
only with Disco Pigs (directed by Kirsten Sheridan,
a two time winner in Cork), but by new editions of
the Irish Film Board's Short Cuts, Oscailt and Irish
Flash schemes for young filmmakers.
very popular "Made In Cork" programme continues
this year and features the "Love's Elusives"
the new feature from prolific Cork filmmaker Cathal
Irish premieres include "Road 2" and "The
Last Days of Dublin".
Cork will this year give audiences a chance to view
the best in contemporary South African Film. During
the years of apartheid distributors boycotted South
African film but the immense changes that have been
made there enables Cork to now showcase some of the
best of post-apartheid productions in this programme
by Trevor Steele Taylor of Cape Town Film Festival.
Emphasis is placed on exciting new talent and on the
emergence of black filmmakers now taking their place
in an industry they were previously excluded from.
festival will also feature the work of Australian
animator Adam Elliot who has become one of
Australia's most recognised filmmakers.
trilogy of "Uncle", "Cousin" and "Brother" are
among the country's most successful animated shorts
having garnered over fifty awards, including an award
for Best international Short in Cork last year.
from a very different sphere will also be featured
as part of a major exposition of Estonian animated
works which features some of the world's foremost
for the 46th Murphy's Cork Film Festival opens on
Wednesday 26th September, details on the programme
are available on the festival's website www.corkfilmfest.org.