5 Lesser Known Films to See at Cork Film Festival
Cork Film Festival kicks off from November 9 – 18. While many of the films being screened such as The Dig, The Favourite, Float Like a Butterfly and Sorry to Bother You have already garnered rave reviews, Travel Ireland Magazine are highlighting the lesser known gems in the eclectic, vast line-up.
Killing, Nov 10 – Triskel Arts Centre
Japanese cult figure Shin’ya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, A Snake of June) delivers this tale of a masterless samurai in mid-19th-century Japan who provides protection to a small farming village. However, when a mysterious ronin arrives looking for his help, it causes the samurai’s peaceful existence to descend into chaos.
Organisers say Tsukamoto’s first foray into samurai films (the writer-director made his name in horror) stays true to the genre’s traits, whilst also flipping them on their head with moments of blistering intensity and ultraviolence. The trailer can be viewed here.
Cellar Door, Nov 11 – The Gate Cinema, Nov 12 – Triskel Arts Centre
This Irish mystery thriller follows Aidie (Karen Hassan), a woman with Memento-style amnesia. She feels a need to search for her son she barely remembers, whose disappearance is linked to the Church.
The film boasts a strong Irish cast in Catherine Walker (The Delinquent Season), Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls), Leah McNamara (Nails) and Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul). Having won the Best Irish First Feature award at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, Donald Clarke of the Irish Times called it “a clever meditation on the Catholic Church’s malign influence on Irish family.”
Burning, Nov 13 – The Gate Cinema
Based on a short story from Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood), this South Korean thriller centres on a shy aspiring writer with a crush on a female friend. He agrees to feed her cat while she goes on holidays, assuming it will bring them closer. However, she returns with an affluent, sophisticated boyfriend (The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun) whose strange hobby is to burn down abandoned greenhouses. The inevitable tension between three reaches boiling point as fires are started in a Korean border town.
Following it’s premiere at Cannes this year, the film has received rave reviews including a rare A score on The A.V Club. In particular Yeun, who also appears in Cork Film Festival’s Sorry to Bother You, has garnered plenty of praise with IndieWire stating he deserves an Oscar nomination. From the country who brought us Oldboy, The Handmaiden and Snowpiercer – Burning seems to be further proof that South Korea is at the forefront of modern cinema. Its fantastic teaser can be found here.
In Fabric, November 16 – The Everyman Theatre
From acclaimed British director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga, Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) comes this spooky tale following the fortunes of a cursed red dress that preys on the unsuspecting customers of an eerie department store.
Organisers say In Fabric features the exquisite attention to detail film fans have come to expect from the sartorial Strickland, together with a standout cast including Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Watch a clip from the film here.
Profile, November 17 – The Gate Cinema
From Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) comes this unique thriller taking place completely over a laptop screen. Irish actress Valene Kane (The Fall, Women on the Verge) stars as Amy, a freelance journalist in London who pitches an investigation into ISIS recruitment of women through social media. Posing as a Muslim convert, her fake Facebook profile gains the attention of Bilel (Shazad Latif – Penny Dreadful), a British jihadist in Syria. An intense, dangerous online connection develops between the pair.
Based on true events, critics have stated the film is a return to form for Bekmambetov. They say Profile crackles with tension and is anchored by a great performance by Kane. Watch a clip from the film here.