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Cork Film Festival 2018 Programme Announced
Ticket Sales Now Open
Programme Highlights: Irish Features

From the 18th Century Royal Court of Queen Anne, to rural farmlands and penny arcades, this year’s programme of Irish features spans centuries and every facet of society. With new films from acclaimed film-makers to striking debuts, there’s a feast of intrigue, wit, drama and spark to excite and delight.  

The Favourite

In early 18th century England, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) heads a country at war. In poor health, Anne relies heavily on confidante Lady Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and poor relation Abigail (Emma Stone). Boasting searing performances from three actors at the top of their game, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest (The Killing of a Sacred Deer; The Lobster) is a dazzling, majestic triumph, a riotous period delight with a feisty, feminist spark. 

BOOK NOW: Saturday 10th November, 21:00, The Everyman

The Belly of the Whale

15-year-old Joey Moody (Lewis MacDougall) returns to the now-derelict caravan park his parents once ran in rural Ireland. With a notion to revive the place, he finds himself committed to an unlikely partnership with Ronald Tanner (Pat Shortt), a recovering alcoholic struggling to help his sick wife. Morgan Bushe’s arresting debut feature fizzes with wit and energy beneath the bright lights of the penny arcade.

BOOK NOW: Friday 16th November, 21:00, The Gate

The Dig

Having served 15 years for murder, Callahan (Moe Dunford) returns to his family farm, hoping to sell it. However, the father of the victim is convinced Callahan buried his daughter in the bog land and will not leave the land until he has checked every part of it, digging patch by patch. Knowing it's only way he’ll get him off his land, Callahan joins him in the grim task. Dark secrets eventually surface.

BOOK NOW: Thursday 15th November, 20:45, The Everyman

Programme Highlights: International Features

The swan song of a Hollywood icon in The Old Man and the Gun, the exploration of a literary icon in Colette, and a cursed red dress in the eerie In Fabric, are just some of the delights you can expect in our programme line-up of International Features. Sharply funny, anarchic and transgressive, these films will excite and provoke in equal measure.

The Old Man & the Gun

Robert Redford radiates charm playing an unrepentant bank robber who can’t resist one more heist in this captivating film based on the true story of career criminal Forrest Tucker. He’s supported by an excellent all-star cast, including Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss and Casey Affleck, though Redford’s outlaw presence dominates.

BOOK NOW: Sunday 11th November, 20:30, The Everyman 


Based on the true story of the twentieth-century French novelist, Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her rural childhood home to the glittering salons of belle époque Paris after marrying Willy (Dominic West), a successful Parisian writer. Colette agrees to ghostwrite for Willy, creating the sensational best-selling ‘Claudine’ novels, and launching Willy to superstardom. But as Colette reclaims her authorial ownership, her exploration of identity and sexuality defies both her husband and society. 

BOOK NOW: Saturday 10th November, 18:30, The Everyman

In Fabric

A sumptuous yet spooky tale following the fortunes of a cursed red dress that preys on the unsuspecting customers of an eerie department store. Featuring the exquisite attention to detail that we have come to expect from director Peter Strickland, with standout performances from Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Strickland-regular Fatma Mohamed, In Fabric manages to exude both a lush, tactile eroticism and an otherworldly creepiness.

BOOK NOW: Friday 16th November, 18:15, The Everyman  

Illuminate Mental Health Film Programme

Illuminate is Cork Film Festival’s unique series of film and discussion events that uses film to explore mental health and wellbeing. Presented in association with Arts+Minds, the HSE Cork Mental Health Service and Iarnód Éireann Irish Rail, Illuminate aims to promote awareness of and stimulate discussion about issues that affect us all. The 2018 programme includes a new documentary, a debut feature, and a classic film title, offering three very distinct platforms for discussion.

For the Birds examines one woman’s obsessive connection, whilst Trauma is a Time Machine explores the emotional consequences of sexual abuse. Both screenings are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with filmmakers, mental health professionals, service users and advocates.

This year we invited director Frank Berry (Michael Inside, 2017 Audience Award; I Used to Live Here, 2014), as a respected director and mental health advocate, to choose a film that has inspired him. Frank Berry will present an extended introduction to Robert Redford's Academy Award®-winning classic, Ordinary People.

Trauma is a Time Machine

BOOK NOW: Sat 10th November, 13.30pm, Triskel

For The Birds

BOOK NOW: Tues 13th November, 18.15pm, Triskel

Ordinary People

BOOK NOW: Sat 17th November, 12.00pm, Triskel

Cine Concert: Nosferatu in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

A masterpiece of early horror cinema, recently restored by The Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, Nosferatu (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) still has the power to send chills down the spine of cinemagoers 96 years after its creation.

Now renowned Cork composers Irene and Linda Buckley present the film with a new score, never before performed in Ireland, utilising the majestic organ at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, accompanied by viola, cello and electronics.

The eerie modern classical score – comprising beautiful recurrent themes together with moments of chilling dark ambience and intense, ominous drone – is so complementary to Murnau’s foreboding imagery that you would think they had always been together.

Score commissioned for the Organ Reframed Festival at Union Chapel, London. 
Kindly supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland

BOOK NOW: Tuesday 13th November, 18.30 & 21.00, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral 

Classics: Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman
and Dolly Parton

We invite you to explore this specially selected programme of significant classic films, most of which are new digital restorations. Far from dipping into the archives to pick out old films that we love (although we do love them!), each film is carefully chosen to complement the new work presented in the Festival, and offers our audience an opportunity to see film classics back in cinemas, such as Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Hal Ashby’s Being There.

A new documentary about Ingmar Bergman, Bergman A Year in the Life, demanded that we screen two films by one of the 20th-century’s most influential filmmakers, The Magic Flute and Wild Strawberries. The Green Fog, Guy Maddin's interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, presented an opportunity to compare two versions of the same story, while the re-release of 9 to 5 needs no justification – we all need a bit of Dolly in our lives!

Programme Highlights: Cork Film Festival for Families

A beloved, magical classic, a fresh new take on a Dr. Seuss classic and three future classics from Ireland, Brazil and Sweden, make up a kaleidoscope of family films at this year’s Festival.

Whether introducing your family to favourites from your childhood or finding new favourites together, there’s something for everyone, from the young to the young at heart, in all our Family Features and Family Friendly Shorts this year. Avail of our Family Ticket Pass and see more for less.

The Grinch

Join in a fun participatory activity prior to the screening with a special Grinch-themed ‘treasure’ hunt near the venue. 

BOOK NOW: Sat 10 / 11.45 / The Gate, PG

Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros)
BOOK NOW: Sat 10 / 14.15 / The Gate, Recommended for ages 8+

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
BOOK NOW: Sun 11 / 11.30 / The Gate, Recommended for all ages

The Tower
Book Now: Sat 10 / 16:15 / The Gate,

The Overcoat

The screening will include a special event with Giant Animation, creators of The Overcoat. The cast and crew will present a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

BOOK NOW: Sat 17 / 11.30 / The Gate, Recommended for ages 6-10 years

Gordon & Paddy
BOOK NOW: Sat 17/ 13.15 / The Gate, Recommended for ages 6+

Family-Friendly Shorts
BOOK NOW: Sun 18 / 12.00 / The Gate, Recommended for ages 6+

Programme Highlights: Shorts 

Cork Film Festival has long championed short film through our extensive Festival shorts programme and with awards for Irish and International shorts that qualify for Oscars® accreditation. 

Cork Film Festival 2018 Shorts Programme:

Irish Shorts Programme
BOOK NOW: Sat 10 - Fri 16 / The Gate

International Shorts Programme
BOOK NOW: Sat 10 - Thurs 15 / The Gate

Screen Ireland Shorts
BOOK NOW: Sat 17 / 16:00 / The Everyman

Best of Cork
BOOK NOW: Sun 18 / 15:00 / The Everyman

BOOK NOW: Sun 18 / 12:00 / The Gate

Free Radicals
BOOK NOW: Mon 12 / 20:30 / Triskel

BOOK NOW: Thurs 15 / 17:00 / Triskel

BOOK NOW: Mon 12 / 18:00 / The Gate

Ticket Prices & How to Book Your Tickets
  • Gala presentations €17/ €15
  • Special presentations €15/ €12
  • Daytime Screenings (Mon – Fri, before 6pm) €7.50/ €6.50
  • Evening Screenings (Mon – Fri, after 6pm) €10/ €8.50
  • Weekend Screenings €10/ €8.50
  • Festival Fan Pass (7 Films) €50/ €42
  • School Screenings, Student Tickets €5 (Accompanying teachers go free)
  • Family Pass (two adults and two children) €25
  • Additional adult tickets charged at €7.50
  • Additional child tickets charged at €6
  • Book
  • Call: telephone sales open 10am, Wednesday 17th October, +353 (0) 21 4271711 (Booking fee applies to telephone sales) Open 10am - 5pm Daily. 
  • In Person: Drop into Cork Film Festival Box Office at Market Buildings, Grand Parade from Monday 29th October(Opening Hours: Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm)
More Festival Highlights to Come!
Look out for our next newsletter and more Cork Film Festival highlights, including our expanded Industry Days programme, the wealth of gripping documentaries, music documentaries and music-related films and highlights of our 18 Shorts programmes.
Visit Cork in November for a Feast of Films!

63rd Cork Film Festival -
9th-18th November 2018

Visit Cork, recently named most culturally vibrant city in Europe by the EU, and explore our historic city, the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Voted one of the top 20 European festivals to visit in 2017 by, Cork Film Festival promises you a feast of films in Ireland's cultural capital, so why not make a weekend of it? Direct flights to Cork from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon and many more - take a city break and discover Ireland's cultural gem.

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