Cork Film Festival 2019 Programme Launch

Entertainment Editor Andrew Burke discusses the Cork Film Festival 2019 Programme Launch, along with a few films to keep an eye out for.


Motley staff writer, Kane Geary O Keeffe, and I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the 64th Cork Film Festival Launch at the River Lee Hotel. The night featured powerful speeches from the Chair of the Cork Film Festival Board, Helen Boyle, the Director and CEO, Fiona Clark, our Lord Mayor, John Sheehan, and Programme Director, Michael Hayden, about the significance of the festival, along with various different trailers for the upcoming films. You could feel the excitement in the air and the energy from every person who spoke from the team behind the festival and how passionate they are about their work.


The room was filled with a great atmosphere as people from all around Cork and Ireland were gathered in one place for one thing – to celebrate and embrace the creative outlet that is film. From the 7th – 17th November, you can experience a multitude of different kinds of film. There is truly something for anyone with any interests and you are guaranteed a good time.


One of the highlights for me personally was seeing that Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi’s new film featuring himself playing an imaginary Adolf Hitler, would be screened during the festival’s duration. This was a pleasant surprise to see as the film is not meant to release in Irish cinemas until January 3rd 2020, so this is your chance to see it early.


A highlight for Kane in particular was Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, a weird and wacky sci-fi adventure directed by Miguel Llansó about two CIA Agents who enter virtual reality to stop a computer virus named ‘Soviet Union’. It definitely appears like a strange movie, but it is definitely worth a watch!


Lastly, a particular film featured during the launch event was The Cave, a documentary directed by Feras Fayyd and is about a team of female doctors in Syria from 2016-2018. It looks to be a deep insight into what it is like to be living in war-torn Syria right now, and what it is like to deal with systematic sexism at the same time.


It is a testament to not only the great people behind organising Cork Film Festival, but to the passionate filmmakers and film fanatics themselves, that this festival has been going on for 64 consecutive years and that over 90% of the films have Irish directors. The film industry has never been so big in Cork and it is abundantly clear the amount of work, effort and love that goes into this festival each and every year. And hopefully it shall continue for years to come.