French & African Films @ 2020 Cork International Film Festival [fr]

The 65th Cork International Film Festival, Ireland’s First and Largest Film Festival, returns but completely online form 8th to 15th November 2020 .
The French Embassy in Ireland is proud to support this year’s extensive programme of French and African films.


Expect to see French cinema in all its diversity: no less than 11 films for every taste including the Irish premiere of A L’ABORDAGE that we are proud to present in partnership with the Alliance francaise de Cork. It’s a vibrant and kind hearted comedy to lift the spirits ; in this festival you will also have the pleasure to see renowned director Philippe Garrel’s latest black-and-white tale of a French love story The Salt of Tiers; a first feature film Into Dad’s Woods exploring childhood and mental health issues and Fahim The Little Chess Prince, a striking story about migration and friendship starring Gérard Depardieu.

A L’abordage
Fiction + School Programme

Felix convinces his best friend, Chérif, to accompany him on a road trip for a surprise visit to his new love, Alma, who is vacationing in the south of France. Short of funds, they sign up for a rideshare with ‘mummy’s boy’ Édouard. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned for this unlikely trio. Guillaume Brac’s delightfully fresh and fun film feels natural throughout, even in the most unlikely situations, and it’s a pleasure to spend time with these characters.

Presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland and Alliance Française Cork.

Fahim, The Little Chess Prince
Family + School Programme
Eight-year-old Fahim arrives in Paris from Bangladesh with his father. Fahim is a promising chess player and his talent is immediately recognised by one of the top French coaches, Sylvain Charpentier (Gérard Depardieu). But while Charpentier prepares Fahim for the junior French championship, Fahim’s father struggles in vain to obtain legal immigrant status. This heartfelt drama is based on the true story of the French-Bangladeshi chess player and, since 2017, FIDE master Fahim Mohammad.

House of Cardin
This entertaining feature documentary focuses on the life and work of the great Italian-born French designer Pierre Cardin. Cardin, now 98, is famous for his avant-garde, space age, geometrical shapes and motifs, but he also as a maverick who never endorsed the conventional ideal of the female body and who promoted diversity and inclusiveness from the start of his career. This authorised film features Cardin himself, together with exclusive archive footage and interviews with co-workers and muses, including Naomi Campbell and Sharon Stone.

Into Dad’s Woods (La forêt de mon père)
Gina is 15 and admires her father Jimmy: a funny, unpredictable, extravagant man (at least in her eyes), who takes his kids to the woods in the middle of the night, but sometimes leaves them there. One day Jimmy goes too far and the fragile harmony of his family is broken. Will Gina take this chance to escape her father’s influence? Vero Cratzborn’s first feature is a touching family drama that asks important questions about the impact of parents’ mental health issues on their children.

Rascal (Vaurien)
Our hero (Pierre Deladonchamps) arrives in Paris without money, a place to live or plans. All he has to go on is his charm and he uses it to get work, to love and to kill in this dark, magnetic and visually stunning tale. Rascal was selected for the prestigious First Features section of the Cannes Film Festival, and this strong debut feature firmly establishes Peter Dourountzis as a director to watch.

The Salt of Tears (Le sel des larmes)
When Luc – a young and good-looking carpenter’s apprentice – somehow gets involved with two women, it takes a third to make him pay for his lies and mistakes. French veteran Philippe Garrel delivers another delightful black and white love story. Only a French filmmaker can treat serious subjects such as love and toxic masculinity with such a light touch, yet beneath Garrel’s deceptively simple style we can recognise his New Wave origins and his mastery of the cinema as an art form.

Working Girls (Filles de joie)
Axelle, Conso and Dominique are friends; they are also prostitutes and travel every day from France to Belgium to work in a legal brothel. Their lives are not easy but nor are they too different from those of their neighbours. What’s special is their friendship and the ways in which they care for each other. This visually striking, heartfelt story is the second collaboration between Fonteyne and Paulicevich, following the success of their comedy Tango Libre.

I am Samuel
Samuel is a young gay man in Kenya, navigating a caring-yet-tenuous relationship with his traditional parents (who can’t understand why he has yet to marry), and a blossoming new romance. Combining the harsh realities of social discrimination and criminalisation of homosexuality with a simple story of falling in love and negotiating familial woes, I am Samuel is a warm, honest and compassion depiction of LGBTQ+ people in Kenya.
Presented to mirror the upcoming Africa 2020 season in France.

From time to time I burn (Int. Shorts 2: Worlds of Possibility)
International Shorts
Louise is a photographer who seeks the symbiosis of bodies. Tereza is a Franciscan nun who does not want to give up her body. This sensual and spiritual encounter will disturb these two women more than they imagined.

Melting Heart Cake (Family Shorts)
Family Shorts
To share a cake with her friend, Anna must cross a glacial forest inhabited by a terrifying giant.

Oeil pour Oeil (Family Shorts)
Family Shorts
A one-eyed pirate captain is determined to find treasure, no matter what!

Short Shorts from Europe (EUNIC Ireland)
European Shorts
Free Screening

Find all the French & African Programme we support here!

Published on 05/11/2020

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