Cork International Film Festival


Cork International Film Festival Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/11/2021 - 21/11/2021




The 66th edition of the Cork International Film Festival will take place in venues from 5th to 12th of November, and online from 13th to the 21st of November. We are proud to present a selection of visual arts and dance films and documentaries that will be playing at the festival this year, both in our venues around Cork city and online.

Our opening Documentary Gala is Pat Collin’s The Dance plus Q&A (Thurs, Nov. 11, 8:30 PM @ The Everyman). Collins offers us a unique opportunity to witness the creative process of the world-renowned choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan as he works on MÁM, a new dance and theatre production that brings together twelve international dancers, concertina player Cormac Begley and the European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e.

The moon is a constant in all our lives, even though many of us are asleep during its nightly appearances. But if there is one lunar showing that we should all remain awake for, it’s To the Moon plus Q&A (Sat, Nov. 6, 8:00 PM @ Triskel). The latest film from Tadhg O’Sullivan (The Great Wall; UCC Filmmaker in Residence 2021) is a poetic meditation on the moon, seamlessly crafted from internationally sourced archive film clips and written works, together with new 16mm footage and scoring by Amanda Feery and Linda Buckley. It is akin to floating in a river of dreams, all reflecting in the lunar glow.

A Night of Knowing Nothing (Sat, Nov. 6, 5:15 PM @ Gate Multiplex) is Payal Kapadia’s debut feature, a deserving winner of the Best Documentary Award at Cannes, is a poetic fever dream guaranteed to stay in your mind long after you leave the cinema.

Making its world premiere at CIFF, In the long now plus Q&A (Tues, Nov. 9, 8:00 PM @ Triskel) is a new touring programme curated by aemi that places work by Irish contemporary film artists in conversation with three titles by international practitioners, all of whom are innovating new approaches to the moving image as an art form. Featuring work by Alee Peoples, Eavan Aiken, Jeamin Cha, Sandy Kennedy, Sylvia Schedelbauer and Patrick Hough. The Irish premiere of Lynne Sachs’ celebrated feature Film About a Father Who screens here alongside the world premiere of Myrid Carten’s short film Sorrow had a baby. Both artists will be in attendance for a discussion of their work following the screening.

CIFF is also proud to present in partnership with aemi, a special Lynne Sachs programme. Making work since the 1980s Lynne Sachs’ films have incorporated a cross-pollination of forms that extend to the essay film, documentary, collage, performance, and poetry. Deeply reflexive, Sachs’ films to date have outlined a rich interplay between the personal and the socio-political. aemi is delighted to present this overview of selected short works by Lynne Sachs at CIFF, many of which are screening in Ireland for the first time.

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