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The Best of Irish Film at CIFF20
Cork International Film Festival proudly champions the work of Irish filmmakers. This year’s 65th edition of the Festival showcases nine new Irish titles including four World Premiere films in addition to a full selection of documentary, features and six scintillating short film programmes.
We are delighted to open the Festival this Sunday, 8th November, with our 65th Anniversary Gala, the Irish premiere of ‘The Racer’. Read on for the full programme of homegrown movie magic.
With only ‘two sleeps’ until Opening Night it’s time to plan your Festival! Ticket capacities are limited for all films so download the CIFF2020 App to pick your films and pre-book your tickets.
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65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’
Directed by Kieron J. Walsh and set in the Summer of 1998 when the Tour de France passed through Ireland, ‘The Racer’ is an exhilarating action film and dark comedy that packs an adrenalin-filled punch right to the finish line.
Pop a cork (and some popcorn!) to toast the opening of the 65th Cork International Film Festival! Join us for ‘CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room’ a pre-screening live stream chat with director of ‘The Racer’ Kieron J. Walsh and cast member Tara Lee, hosted by Red FM’s Dave Mac. Tune in at 7pm on Sunday at corkfilmfest.org or any of our social media channels for chats, laughs, drinks and more!
7pm CIFF2020 Live from the Living Room
7.30pm 65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’
Followed by a Live Q&A with Cast and Filmmakers
€100 of cycling accessories
All Access Digital Pass to see every film in the Festival!
To enter email email@example.com with the titles of as many films as you can identify in the #CIFF2020 trailer. The prize will be awarded to the person who correctly guesses the most films!Competition closes at midnight on Saturday. The winner will be announced by Red FM’s Dave Mac on CIFF2020 Live from The Living Room streaming live across our social media channels on Sunday 8 Nov at 7pm.
To celebrate the 65th Edition of Cork International Film Festival our Hotel Partners The Metropole Hotel and The Montenotte have created two bespoke cocktail recipes for our audiences to make and enjoy at home.
So break out the fizz and channel your inner mixologist! 🍾
‘The Wheel Deal’ Cocktail The Metropole Hotel for 65th Anniversary Gala ‘The Racer’
1 shot Baileys
1 shot vodka
1 shot coffee liquor (Kahlua or Tia Maria)
1 shot regular cream
1 teaspoon caramel syrup
Pinch of sea salt
Method: Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for approximately 1 minute. Strain into chilled glass. Top with 3 pieces of toffee popcorn.
Top Tip From The Metropole Mixologist: Enjoy with some ice-cream, popcorn or our top recommendation ‘Green & Blacks Butterscotch Chocolate’.
The Montenotte Hotel for the Irish Gala ‘The Bright Side’
30ml of Vodka
20ml of Aperol
20ml of lemon juice
20ml of strawberry purée
Dash of grenadine
Irish Gala Screenings
Made soon after the events it depicted, Irish Destiny was the first indigenous fiction film dealing with the War of Independence in Ireland. Denis O’Hara (Paddy Dunne Cullinan) joins the IRA after witnessing British aggression in the village of Clonmore. He is shot, wounded and imprisoned, but escapes from the Curragh Camp in time to save fiancée Moira (Frances MacNamara) from the clutches of villainous poitín distillers. The drama is seamlessly punctuated with newsreel footage depicting real events such as the sacking of Cork in December 1920 and the burning of Dublin’s Customs House in May 1921.
A 35mm print of the film was restored and repatriated from the US by the IFI in the early 1990s. World-renowned composer, the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, created an orchestral score which breathed new life into this silent film. This is a work of majesty which elevates our understanding of the forging of the modern Irish state.
Newsreel Cine Concert: a short (approx. 15 mins) selection of British and Irish newsreels relating to Cork in the 1920 period – including the funeral of the Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney (October 1920) and the burning of Cork (December 1920) – will be shown with musical accompaniment by Cork violinist Brendan Garde.
Introduced by Councillor Joe Kavanagh, Ardmhéara Chorcaí, The Lord Mayor of Cork
Presented in Association with Cork City Council and the Irish Film Institute
Online: 8.30pm Mon 9 – Sun 15 November
Online: 8.30pm Tue 10 – Sun 15 November
Online: 6.00pm Tue 10 – Sun 15 November
Online: Wed 11 – Sun 15 November
Online: Fri 13 – Sun 15 November
Irish Shorts Programme