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Cork Film Festival curtain rises

Thursday, 19th October, 2017 10:01am

Lights, camera, action!

The 62nd Cork Film Festival launched its 2017 programme last night, showcasing the best in Irish and international film.

Taking place across 10 days from 10-19 November, this year’s Festival will screen more than 200 films, with the majority being Irish premieres.

Organisers are expecting More than 16,000 people to attend the festival, which they said generates €2.5 million in revenue locally.

The programme includes 115 feature films, including 34 documentaries and 116 shorts, while 50 countries are represented.

Opening the 2017 Cork Film Festival is the Irish premiere of Irish/Canadian co-production 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' at The Everyman on Friday 10 November. Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens assumes the role of Charles Dickens in Bharat Nalluri’s film, a festive romp that recounts how Dickens’ iconic ‘A Christmas Carol’ was created.

The Irish premiere of Alexander Payne’s science-fiction road movie ‘Downsizing’ at the Everyman will close the Festival on Sunday 19 November. It stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves to simplify their lives, though things don’t go to plan.

Other highlights include Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and the documentary gala, ‘Promised Land’, directed by Eugene Jurecki.

Cork Film Festival Producer Fiona Clark said: “The 2017 programme is a unique opportunity to see some of the best established and emerging talent working in film today.” Guest Programme Director, Michael Hayden added: “This is truly a Festival for everyone, an opportunity to be challenged, inspired, surprised and entertained. From our Industry Days, to our popular Family and Schools programme, these 10 days in November offer the chance to enjoy films not otherwise available on the big screen in Cork.”

Screenings take place at The Everyman, Gate Cinema and Triskel Christchurch.

For full details and tickets visit corkfilmfest.org.

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