Get ready to be immersed in exciting film premieres and events this week at CIFF, such as The Bikeriders starring Austin Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jodie Comer, and the presentation of the CIFF2023 Shorts Awards and 2024 Parallax Bursary following the UCC Lord Puttnam Scholars screening of Close Shave. Read on below for more film and event highlights as CIFF2023 continues.
Embark on an adrenaline-pumping, thrilling ride with The Vipers, a crew of motorcycle enthusiasts tearing up the mid-sixties Midwest in The Bikeriders. Join Kathy (Jodie Comer) as she spills the beans to a local photographer in the latest cinematic masterpiece from Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter). This film packs all the punch of a classic mobster flick without the worn-out clichés. Austin Butler broods as Benny, Tom Hardy commands as the gang’s leader Johnny, and Michael Shannon mesmerises as the damaged Zipco, all set to a roaring soundtrack, from the Shangri-Las to The Stooges. (8.30pm, Thu 16th Nov, The Everyman)
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SPECIAL Q&As AT CIFF
The latest film from 2023 UCC Film Artist In Residence and CIFF Alumnus Maximilian Le Cain, Solitaire is an unsettling experimental ghost story that explores family, home and identity as unfixed parasitic entities that propagate themselves through bodies and buildings. (8.30pm, Thu 16th Nov, Triskel)
Maximilian Le Cain will participate in a UCC Film Artist in Residence ‘In Conversation’ following the screening.
A special screening of Becky Hutner’s Fashion Reimagined for students as part of our 2023 Schools Programme, featuring a Q&A hosted by Laragh McCann, Climate Love Irelan; Joy O’Leary, Cork Clothes Swap; and Caitlin Greene, UCC Environmental Society.
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Unravel the enigmatic life of US folk singer Jackson C. Frank in this compelling exploration, where speculation meets reality. Director Damien Aimé Dupont, through interviews with friends and contemporaries, weaves an authoritative narrative, showcasing that sometimes truth can be more captivating than fiction.
Join the journey through Frank’s mysterious world, where the haunting echoes of his album ‘Blues Run The Game’ swept through the London folk scene like a tidal wave. (6pm, Thu 16th Nov, Triskel)
Meet Iman, your not-so-average teen from Sarajevo, navigating the maze of adolescence. When she finds herself drawn to an older boy, a harmless white lie becomes the glue holding their half-imaginary romance together. Brace yourself for the rollercoaster ride in this compelling debut by Bosnian director Una Gunjak.
Discover a poignant exploration of teenage life, where the quest for understanding, friendship, love, and validation unfolds against the backdrop of school scrutiny, delicately dancing on the fine line between sensitivity and light-hearted revelation. (3pm, Thu 16th Nov, The Everyman)
CLOSE SHAVE (UCC LORD PUTTNAM SCHOLARS) + SHORTS AWARDS PRESENTATION & 2024 PARALLAX BURSARY ANNOUNCEMENT
Written and directed by the 2023 UCC Lord Puttnam Scholars, Close Shave follows Finbarr who, after finding out his wife is coming to visit him in hospital after a serious operation, devises a courageous and off-the-wall plan to look his best for her. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Scholars and CIFF Patron Lord David Puttnam. (6pm, Thu 16th Nov, St Peter’s)
Following this screening, the winners of the CIFF2023 Short Film Awards and the 2024 recipient of the Parallax Emerging Film Artist Bursary will be announced.
SIRIUS: AOIFE DESMOND PROGRAMME
Don’t miss three captivating films by Irish artist Aoife Desmond, delving into the intricate relationship between humans and nature.
Sirius – Harbour’s Mouth, a SIRIUS commission shot in Cork Harbour, invites you on a meditative journey exploring architecture, history, and place through a mesmerising performance within the SIRIUS building and its surroundings.
Embark on a visual odyssey with Passage Migrants and Graving Dock Revisited, filmed at Dublin Port, where landscape, movement, and body converge, delving into the themes of labour, gender, and memory for a spellbinding cinematic experience. (5pm, Thu 16th Nov, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh)
JOIN US AT OUR FESTIVAL CLUB INTERMISSION @ THE PAV
Round off your day of watching the best in cultural cinema and relax in the cosy surroundings and stunning interior of Intermission (Carey’s Lane). Every night during the Festival from 9:30pm.