Irish Film at the 2018 Cork Film Festival

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Irish Film at the 2018 Cork Film Festival

Posted: 9th November 2018

The 63rd Cork Film Festival, begins today, 9 November and runs until 18 November, showcasing over 200 films from Irish and international filmmakers. A host of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland titles will screen at the festival, which opens with the Irish premiere of Carmel Winters’ award-winning Float Like a Butterfly. Below is a list of Screen Ireland titles screening at this year’s festival:

Float Like a Butterfly | Opening Gala | Carmel Winters | Samson Films
Filmed on location in West Cork, Float Like A Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl’s fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy Elliot, 15-year-old Frances (played by up-and-coming Irish actress Hazel Doupe) has to fight for the right to fight back. Raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland, Frances wants to champion her people inside the boxing ring and out, like her idol Muhammad Ali, but society is determined to break her spirit and destroy her way of life. 

Float Like A Butterfly stars Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins, Aidan O'Hare, Lalor Roddy, Hilda Fay and is produced by Martina Niland (Sing Street) for Port Pictures and David Collins (A Dark Song) for Samson Films. The film was supported by Screen Ireland with Culture Ireland providing funding support for talent to attend the festival. 

Cellar Door | Viko Nikci | Samson Films
Racing from young love to tortured loss and back again, this story follows Aidie, a fighter inside and out, as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, Cellar Door cuts deep into the character’s experience in an exploration of love regained and loss relived.

One Million American Dreams | Brendan Byrne | Fine Point Films
This documentary paints a portrait of the lives and deaths connected to Hart Island, and follows the campaign to finally turn New York’s Potter’s Field into a dignified resting place.

The Belly of the Whale | Morgan Bushe | Fastnet Films
After breaking free from his foster home, feral teenager Joey Moody returns to Laytown, a rural Irish town just over the horizon, in a bid to reclaim his family’s caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best mate and drinking partner, Lanks. Meanwhile, on a mission to find the money to pay for his sick wife’s medication. Ronald Tanner, a fractured soul, risks his meagre lifesavings on a get-rich-quick scheme that ends in abject failure and humiliation the hands of local big shot Gits Hegarty, pushing Ronald over the edge and off the wagon. 

The Overcoat | Sean Mullen, Meelis Arulepp | Giant Animation
The film is a warm and unique Christmas story about an office worker who saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand. The Overcoat, which was written by Hugh O’Conor, also features the voice talents of Cillian Murphy, with the title produced by Jonathan Clarke at Giant Animation and Kristel Tõldsepp at A Film Estonia.

The Curious Works of Roger Doyle | Brian Lally | Instigator Films
This documentary studies the character and life's work of Irish avant garde composer Roger Doyle and closely observes him presenting one of his most ambitious musical projects to the Irish general public, his first major opera.

World Premiere of Screen Ireland Focus and Real Shorts
Screen Ireland iss delighted to announce that the world premiere of the short films made under its Focus Shorts and Real Shorts schemes will take place at the 63rd Cork Film Festival. The new live-action (Focus) and documentary (Real) short films will screen in the Everyman Theatre at 4pm on Saturday, 17 November in a unique presentation as part of the festival’s short film line-up. Tickets available here.

Two other Screen Ireland-supported short films, Mary and Frida Think, will also screen in Cork as part of the festival’s short film programme.

Element Pictures' The Favourite, which recently scored 18 major nominations at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) will also screen at the festival, marking the Irish Premiere of the critically acclaimed title.

Screen Ireland is also supporting a number of panel discussions as part of the festival’s Industry Days and more info can be found here.