This year marks the 23rd outing for Cork’s annual French Film Festival. Boasting a long and impressive history, the festival has become a bedrock of Cork’s cultural scene. Though the term ‘French Film’, may conjure thoughts of overly pretentious and philosophical fare, the CFFF has year after year engaged, entertained, and delighted audiences.
Supported by Bord Gais, Cork County Council and of course their loyal team of volunteers, the Festival along with Alliance Francaise de Cork have arranged a series of events that pay homage to the legends of film history (who just happen to be French). CFFF also delivers a contemporary edge by including some modern wonders that have been nurtured by that same history.
With such a wonderful and diverse programme of events this year, it’d be almost impossible to highlight the must-see features. But here are a few choice events that will give you an idea of the scope and mastery of art the Cork French Film Festival hopes to bring to our attention.
Some may question Memorision’s place in a film festival. The immersive experience is crafted from a mix of digital art, video and sculpture. But just as the festival looks to the history of cinema, it also begins to explore its future, and this interactive, engaging piece is really an experience to relish.
Thursday 8th, 8pm, Triskel Arts Center.
The Oscar nominated animated film Belleville Rendez-Vous is reimagined for the stage in this whimsical stage show. This adaptation promises to be a delight to behold – not only bringing over the story and dialogue but also the animated element through puppetry, physical theatre and live jazz.
Friday 9th, 8pm, Triskel Arts Center.
Max Linder, one of the legendary names to grace this programme is being given the star treatment at a Gala dinner and screening. A night to treat both the inner gourmet and inner film lover as dinner is followed by the silent slapstick masterpiece Seven Years of Bad Luck, accompanied by French pianist and composer Paule Cornet.
Friday 9th, 6pm including dinner, 8.30pm for screening, The Grainstore in Ballymaloe House.
Music lovers will be taken by the cine-concert presentation of Desperado with live soundtrack from Dublin natives Bikini Machine. The piece was commissioned by the Rennes festival in celebration of Mexico city.
Sunday 11th, 8pm, Triskel Arts Center.
The Cork French Film Festival runs until the 11th of March. A full programme of festival events can be found on their website, http://www.corkfrenchfilmfestival.com/.