Cork’s Fantastic French Film Festival Returns

One of Cork’s longest running events, the 31st Cork French Film Festival will run from Wednesday, March 4 to Sunday, March 8 at The Gate Cinema.

The festival will showcase some of the best movies France has to offer. It also features a highly anticipated programme for schools, an animated film aimed at children titled A Minuscule Adventure and some special post-screening social events.

Cork French Film Festival’s opening night film is Proxima. From on-the-rise writer-director Alice Winocour, it stars Eva Green as an astronaut preparing for a potential mission to Mars and struggling to align single motherhood with the intense training schedule involved. Matt Dillon and Toni Erdmann actress Sandra Huller play supporting roles and much of the film was shot in real-life training facilities at the European Space Agency.

The closing night film is The Truth, a 2019 French Japanese drama film written and directed by the acclaimed Hirokazu Kore-eda. Centring on the problematic relationship between a famous actress (Catherine Deneuve) and her screenwriter daughter (Juliette Binoche), Ethan Hawke also stars in the filmmaker’s first film set outside of Japan and not in his native language.

Speaking about the festival, the Ambassador of France in Ireland, H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, said in a statement: “In 1897, the Lumière brothers recorded the first ever images from Ireland. This footage marked the beginning of vibrant cinematographic ties between the country and France.”

“I’m delighted that the Alliance Française of Cork perpetuates this common history with its annual Cork French Film Festival, now in its 31st edition. The selection of films presented this year will showcase the diversity of a French cinema in tune with the times.”

Other noteworthy films screening at the festival include comedy-drama Someone, Somewhere, ingenious thriller Only the Animals, Venice Film Festival prize-winning drama Gloria Mundi, dark comedy Deerskin starring Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin, 2020 Oscar nominee for best international feature Les Misérables and Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 classic Pierrot le Fou.

For more information about the Cork French Film Festival, visit www.corkfrenchfilmfestival.com.

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