Dancer Steven Cantor

The 61st Cork Film Festival opens tonight, Friday, November 11, with the Irish premiere of Academy Award®-nominee Steven Cantor’s acclaimed documentary Dancer, profiling bad-boy ballet star, Sergei Polunin.

Ireland’s oldest film festival runs until November 20, with more than 70 feature films, 52 documentary films, over 100 shorts, and 55 countries represented throughout the program. The opening weekend will present premieres, thought-provoking documentaries, gripping debates, and fun family films.

Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams’ drama Certain Women, which won Best Film at the recent BFI London Film Festival, will also have its Irish premiere in Cork this Saturday, November 12.  Further premieres across the opening weekend include The Unknown Girl and The Innocents on Saturday (Nov 12), while on Sunday (Nov 13), the focus is on the poignant Out of Innocence, starring acclaimed Cork actress Fiona Shaw; along with The Miracle of Tekir, Hedi, and Frantz.

This weekend’s family-friendly program includes Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, paying tribute to Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and the late Gene Wilder. There will also be a selection of family-friendly shorts in the Gate Cinema, North Main Street on Sunday (Nov 13).

Speaking ahead of the Festival’s opening night, Festival Producer Fiona Clark said: “This year’s Festival offers a diverse program that can be savored by all. Along with a broad selection of films, there are events such as the acclaimed Illuminate series on mental health, and debates exploring social and geopolitical issues reflected on the big screen by world-class cinema. The Festival aims to entertain, excite and engage, and we hope that our audiences find much to explore and enjoy.”

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