1956 Best Film
Les Assassins du Dimanche
Director: Alex Joffe
Producer: G. De La Grandiere
1956 Best Actor
Un Missionnaire (Yves Massard)
Director: Maurice Cloche
Producer: Maurice Cloche
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- Hundreds wait in a torrential downpour from 7am on Monday
19th March for season tickets. The total no of season tickets,
1,900, were sold out completely in one day.
- Hundreds crowd the platform as the gaily decorated "Star
Express" train pulls into Glanmire train station before
noon. Travelling on the train are Peter Finch, Maureen Swanson,
June Thorburn, John Gregson, Tony Wright and Noel Purcell.
Group were taken by Rolls Royce to Midleton.
- Ist Film Festival opens on Tuesday, May 22nd 1956
- 1st Film shown 'A Town Like Alice' by Joesph Jack Lee
- Festival formally declared open by Mr Liam Cosgrave,
Minister for External Affairs who said "I trust this will
be the first of a series of such festivals which will bring
to our shores the work of the best foreign cinematic artists".
- Films come from Israel, England, USA, Pakistan, Belgium,
France, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Norway, India,
Egypt and Ireland
- Peter Finch prior to screening of 'A Town Like Alice'
said: "Cannes was, Venice is and Cork will be the fairest
city of the three"
- At the closing cermony awards were presented to the winners
by President of Ireland, Sean T. O'Kelly
- Award winners given a statue of St Finbarre designed by
the well known Cork sculpture Seamus Murphy