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Lots to see at the Cork Film Festival


People of Cork, rejoice! The 58th Cork Film Festival runs from November 9 to 17 and is an eclectic mix of films, music and ideas. It is Ireland’s oldest film festival, and plays the Cork Opera House, Triskel Christchurch and the Gate Multiplex. Awesome!

Take a deep breath, ready? Here’s a list of what’s on – Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, Future My Love, Naked Opera, In The Name Of, Indian Blues, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Freefall, Margarita, , Man Whose Mind Exploded, Vic and Flow Saw a Bear. And breathe out.

Let’s look at that a bit closer.


Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton on Mon Nov 11 2pm Triskel Christchurch

According to the netizens, “Follow Your Own Weird” was the maxim by which James Broughton (1913-1999) lived each and every day. A pre-Beat-era poet, underground filmmaker, lover, gay man and artist who dared to live boldly and experiment wildly, Broughton is the subject of the documentary film, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. Whether as an out poet during the oppressive and anti-gay McCarthy era or as the bard of the modern gay rights movement, James’ expansive life inspired thousands towards “Big Joy“.


I do


Future My Love on Sunday November 10 12noon Gate Cinema

At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco. And it’s fricking fab.


Naked Opera on November 15 22.45 Gate Cinema

Naked Opera tells the story of a man with many faces. Marc is talented, intelligent, eloquent and wealthy but since childhood he has suffered from an incurable disease. Marc chooses to spend his free time travelling the world in pursuit of the perfect performance of Don Giovanni, surrounding himself with the pretty young men paid to accompany him. This strange and intimate portrait raises questions of love, friendship, loneliness and the power of art.


In the Name of on Friday November 15 16.30 Gate Cinema

Father Adam takes over a small parish in the middle of nowhere and organises a community centre for boys with troubled pasts. His energy is appreciated, the locals accept him as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to him, but he harbours his own secret. After meeting an eccentric and silent young man, Father Adams is forced to confront a long-forgotten burden and passion.


India Blues on Monday November 11 12.30pm Gate Cinema

India Blues is an edgy, bold, and passionate love story between two young men who are sometimes afraid to love each other.


Blue movie?


Blue is the Warmest Colour on Sunday November 10 20.45 Cork Opera House

It won the Palm D’Or, but will this be the full uncensored version of the film? Either way, this excellent film  spans several years in the life of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos). We first meet her as a school student, tentatively getting together with a male admirer but increasingly fascinated by Emma (Léa Seydoux), a woman with blue-dyed hair that she glimpses in the street. Before long they are an item.


Freefall on Friday November 15 20.30 Gate Cinema

A promising career with the police, a baby on the way—Marc’s life seems to be right on track. Then he meets fellow policeman Kay and during their regular jogs Marc experiences a never-before-felt sense of ease and effortlessness—and what it means to fall in love with another man.


Margarita on Saturday November 16 13.30 Cork Opera House

Margarita is a nanny who is practically perfect in every way. She does everything: cooks, cleans, repairs, and pretty much single-handedly brings up young Mali. She’s also a lesbian who needs the job for her visa.


A bear or a bare?


Vic and Flow Saw A Bear on Tuesday November 12, 7pm Gate Cinema

Victoria, an ex-convict in her sixties, wants to start new life along with Florence, her former cellmate with whom she shared years of intimacy in prison. Stalked by ghosts of the past, their new life together is unexpectedly jeopardized.

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