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Cork in focus for 2011 French Film Festival


Cork French Film Festival to honour one of cinema's most influential film makers

(Tuesday 15th February) Today marks the launch of the 22nd Cork French Film Festival programme. The Festival sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy runs from 6th to 13th March and features the best of contemporary and classic French cinema selected by Festival Curator Paul Callanan. The action packed festival presented by Alliance Francaise de Cork and supported by Bord Gáis Energy sees Cork host a broad programme of contemporary and classic French films and documentaries as well as a series of unique live events including installations, specially commsioned live soundtracks, AV performances, masterclasses and Q&A sessions. The Festival will pay tribute to the career of one of cinema’s most important living legends, filmmaker and artist Agnes Varda.

Cork French Film Festival“Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to be associated with the Cork French Film Festival again in 2011. Support for the arts and cultural activities is particularly important at this time of economic difficulty, because events such as the Festival provide the opportunity to explore and enjoy the creative aspects of life and to be uplifted by the experience” said John Mullins, Chief Executive Bord Gáis

This year’s opening film is ‘Cléo from 5 to 7’, a real-time portrayal of a Parisian singer waiting from 5 to 7pm for results of a biopsy. Directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Agnes Varda the screening will be the Irish premiere of the 1962 movie. Other festival premieres include the before unseen director’s cut of ‘In The Electric Mist’ starring Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, directed by French director Bertrand Tavernier, ‘Robert Mitchum is Dead’ and ‘Spy(ies)’ starring Irish screen legend Stephen Rea and French leading man Guillaume Canet.

One of the undoubted highlights of the festival will be a retrospective of Agnes Varda’s extraordinary career. Agnes will be in Cork to launch the festival and also to unveil the Irish and UK premiere of her exhibition of fine art photography and video installations - ‘Open Windows’.

“What is fascinating about Agnes Varda is she is re-inventing herself all the time and at the same time re-inventing our own notions of cinema. She was a photographer with no knowledge of filmmaking when she made her debut feature La Pointe Court which heralded the French New Wave of the 1960's. She then moved into documentary film, fundamentally changing its practice with her subjective approach - a style which has since become the standard. Now in her 80's she has begun a career as a visual artist and we are very proud to be hosting her first exhibition in Ireland. With her installations, Agnes opens up yet another window to cinema.” Paul Callanan, Festival Curator

Screenings and events are taking place in a number of locations throughout Cork including The Gate Cinema, The Vision Centre, The Pavillion, Ballymaloe House. Further highlights include a gala evening and cine-concert at Ballymaloe House marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of cinema visionary and founder of special effects Georges Melies, a series of short silent films scored by Donal Dineen (Today FM) shown for the first time and finally Etienne Jaumet from Zombie Zombie will give an exclusive one off Irish appearance to perform live tracks from his new album at the festival closing party.
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For further information contact:
Brian Melarkey
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