The annual Cork French Film Festival takes place next Sunday 5th March – Sunday 12th, and I for one can’t wait to see what it has in store. If you’re a film lover, want to brush up on your French, or if you’re simply looking for a nice way to spend an evening, there’s something here for you!
Screenings of a wide variety of films will take place across Cork city throughout the week, in locations including the Gate Cinema, CIT Cork School of Music, UCC, the Ballymoloe Grainstore and the River Lee Hotel. The timings also range from morning screenings to suit school groups, to afternoons, evenings and weekends to cater for the general public. There will be many other exciting events and special guests associated with the festival also so pick up a brochure or look on the website for full details!
Some of the screenings that I’m particularly looking forward to are Parisienne, The Odyssey, Kings of Pastry, Frantz, and Cézanne & I.
This screening is taking place on Wednesday 8th March, and will be presented by Manal Issa for International Women’s Day. Directed by Danielle Arbid, this film follows a young girl, Lina, as she arrives in Paris during the 90s in search for freedom from her home country, Lebanon. This film is semi autobiographical of the Lebanese director, and Manal Issa does a brilliant job of getting this story across. Although she originally planned to be an engineer, her role in this film has made her a rising star in France.
This is a preview screening taking place on Sunday as the opening to the festival. It will be presented by Julien Planté and is directed by Jérome Salle, and follows the life of a family who lives by the Mediterranean Sea and spends their days diving and their nights watching the stars. However, after ten years the son returns from boarding school to find that his father is a celebrity with dreams of creating underwater cities. This, of course, leads to violent conflict in the relationship which threatens to separate both of them forever. The cinematography of this film is enthralling – definitely one to watch.
This screening takes place on Saturday 11th March in the Gate Cinema, and is directed by François Ozon. This period piece features both French and German, and set in a small German town. It follows a woman whose fiance has died as she discovers that a man is leaving flowers on her fiance’s grave, who turns out to be a close friend of her fiance’s. As they find comfort in each other, they grow closer and she is forced to confront the feelings she is developing for this stranger.
Cézanne & I
This is a preview screening which will take place on Sunday 12th March, directed by Danièle Thompson. This 19th Century period drama features the friendship between struggling post impressionist painter, Cézanne, and Zola, who achieves fame as a novelist. Their bond is still strong when they move to Paris together, however, it comes under strain when Zola bases a character in his novel on Cézanne’s struggles, and follows as they try to weather this strain.
King of Pastry
This screening is definitely one not to be missed – as well as the screening of “Kings of Pastry”, there will be a chocolate making demonstration, tasting and Q&A presented by Chocolatier Benoît Lorge in the CIT Rory Gallagher theatre. Benoît is originally from Lorraine, France and settled in Kenmare to found “Lorge Chocolatier”, where you can source his unique creations. The screening, which will be shown after the demonstration, follows three chefs who are competing for the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, while focusing on the first time competitor “Jacquy Pfeiffer”. This one is definitely where you’ll be finding me!
You can find more information by picking up a brochure in Alliance Français, or check out the website by clicking here. Overall, this festival isn’t one to be missed!