The 58th Cork Film Festival, Ireland’s oldest film festival will take place from November 9 to 17, 2013, and opens with NEBRASKA, Alexander Payne’s (Sideways, About Schmidt, The Descendants) latest film which tells the story of a road trip between a father and a son where bittersweet personal truths are uncovered and savored. The film stars lonely salesman David Grant (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Bruce Dern in a Cannes Palme d’Or Best Actor Winning Performance)
The Closing Night Presentation of the Cork Film Festival is KILL YOUR DARLINGS, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, Woman in Black) as Allen Ginsberg. Set in the 1940’s. KILL YOUR DARLINGS is a crime thriller based on the previously untold true story of a murder that implicated the men who went onto to become the great poets of the Beat Generation: Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
This year, Cork Film Festival presents a series of films with a revolutionary spirit, looking at the brave individuals who fight injustice. 99% – THE OCCUPY WALL STREET FILM documents America’s Occupy movement which lead the world in mass protest against the ruling elite, whose prime objective is profit over people. FORBIDDEN VOICES, tells the story of three women who have defied government censorship by blogging about their closed countries of Cuba, China and Iran, risking their lives in the process while SILENCE IS GOLD, looks at the corruption of Canada’s mining companies in Africa and the man who outed them.
International features include THE COUNSELOR directed by Ridley Scott and stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. The film is about a lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, Winner of the Palme d’Or this year is an uninhibited exploration of the turbulent nature of love while ALL IS LOST starring Robert Redford, who finds himself staring mortality in the face after a collision with a shipping container in the Indian Sea. Irish Feature Films include the thriller DARK TOUCH directed by Marina de Van and HOW TO BE HAPPY, a comedy about a marriage counselor who becomes involved with his clients in a misguided pursuit of happiness.
Documentaries include THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY directed by Sophie Fiennes – the ultimate guide to psychoanalysis and fiction film while LEVIATHAN captures the mayhem of life and labor on a large fishing vessel.
Music lovers will enjoy the mini strand of Punk documentaries with the amazing PUNK SINGER and THE PUNK SYNDROME and Lukas Moodysson’s glorious slice of punk coming of age WE ARE THE BEST!.
The Festival welcomes the Event Series Riching Pickings to Cork to explore through debate and film challenging and topical themes including the pathology of mental illness (BATTLE FOR THE BRAIN) and how our corporal selves define and drives us (REWIRING THE BODY)
There will be a special shorts festival within the festival showcasing the best in Cork, Irish and World Shorts. Director Tony Palmer will attend the screening of his legendary seven hour, forty-five minute film WAGNER in the Cork Opera House, which will be, screened in full with two meal breaks. Triskel Christchurch will host a Giallo Night featuring a live re-score of AMER by Serafina Steer while a series of films curated by the artist Anthony Haughey to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lock-Out will screen in the National Sculpture Factory.
The Cork Film Festival will pay tribute to Nicolas Roeg and screen a selection of his films. There will be a special Mexican Program including HELI, whose director won Best Director Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Comedian Dylan Moran will discuss his favorite movies while the Festival will celebrate the work of documentary maker James Broughton who paved the way for the Beat Generation.