Best in show: Des O’Driscoll’s top picks

Arts ed­i­tor Des O’Driscoll se­lects the must-see movies at the Cork Film Fes­ti­val

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While we can track down al­most any old film on­line these days, there is still a spe­cial thrill in watch­ing some of the clas­sics on a real cinema screen. Fritz Lang’s film noir from 1953 has Glenn Ford in the role of an earnest cop who takes on a lo­cal crime syn­di­cate. Among the other golden oldies worth an­other watch in the fes­ti­val is Al­fred Hitch­cock’s North by North­west. Gate, Satur­day 11, 2.30pm ■


The Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute has dipped into its ar­chives to com­pile 90 min­utes of footage about var­i­ous as­pects of Cork through the decades. It in­cludes state-spon­sored pro­mo­tional film

The Ir­ish Riviera from 1936; Louis Mar­cus’s Rhap­sody of a River, an­other of­fi­cially-sanc­tioned film, com­plete with a beau­ti­ful sound­track by Sean O’Ri­ada; and var­i­ous news­reel clips and 1970s’ ad­ver­tise­ments re­lated to the fes­ti­val’s host city. Triskel, Sun­day 12, 3.30pm ■


Tomi Re­ichen­tal is best known in this coun­try for keep­ing the mem­ory of the Holo­caust alive through the telling of his tale of be­ing im­pris­oned by the Nazis in the Ber­gen-Belsen con­cen­tra­tion camp as a young Jewish child in Slo­vakia. In this new doc­u­men­tary, how­ever, he’s more con­cerned with the present than the past. The Dublin-based 80-year-old looks at the wor­ry­ing rise of fas­cist-type groups in his na­tive land, speaks com­pas­sion­ately about the plight of Syr­ian refugees, and meets up with sur­vivors of the Sre­brenica massacre.

Gate, Sun­day 12, 6.45pm ■


Set in a big house in Ire­land in the 1920s, Brian O’Mal­ley’s gothic hor­ror got de­cent re­views when it pre­miered at the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber. It re­volves around twins Rachel and Ed­ward in their crum­bling man­sion, who are un­der the power of a sin­is­ter pres­ence who makes them con­form to var­i­ous rules and pre­vents them from leav­ing. It all be­gins to go a bit hay­wire when Rachel en­coun­ters a trou­bled war vet­eran. Every­man, Sun­day 12, 9.15pm ■


Michael Haneke may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea, but with films such as Caché and Amour, the Ger­man di­rec­tor cer­tainly de­serves the ti­tle of one Europe’s most in­ter­est­ing di­rec­tors. Here, he teams up with the won­der­ful Is­abelle Hup­pert who plays a bour­geois French woman whose life con­trasts greatly with the refugees who wan­der the streets of her na­tive Calais. Toby Jones stars as le fiancé. Gate, Mon­day 13, 9.15pm ■


There’s a strong doc­u­men­tary pro­gramme at the fes­ti­val this year, with this Sundance win­ner in par­tic­u­lar ar­riv­ing with plenty of plau­dits. Its tale of two mid­dle-age peo­ple who are plan­ning to get mar­ried at times veers into ro­man­tic com­edy, and its eschewal of many con­ven­tional doc­u­men­tary tech­niques makes it easy to for­get that Dina and her fi­ance Scott are ac­tu­ally real peo­ple. Both are also on the autism spec­trum, but this fact is very much an aside in how the en­dear­ing cou­ple are por­trayed. Triskel, Tues­day 14, 9.15pm ■


Dafhyd Flynn pre­vi­ously im­pressed in I Used To Live

Here, but this could well be the break­through role for the young Dubliner. He plays a teenager who ends up in prison af­ter be­ing caught with drugs, and much of the Gal­way Fleadh win­ner’s re­al­is­tic feel prob­a­bly comes from the fact that a lot of re­search for it was done with for­mer pris­on­ers. An added bonus for the Cork au­di­ence is that it was largely filmed at the city’s for­mer prison near The Glen. Every­man, Thurs­day 16, 6.45pm ■


Swedish di­rec­tor Ruben Östlund made peo­ple in this part of the world sit up and pay at­ten­tion with his ex­cel­lent

Force Ma­jeure in 2014. Ear­lier this year he con­tin­ued his climb up the lad­der when he won the Palme d’Or at Cannes with this lat­est of­fer­ing. A satir­i­cal drama, the cast in­cludes Elis­a­beth Moss and Do­minic West. Every­man, Satur­day 18, 6.30pm ■


The fes­ti­val has had some ex­cel­lent mu­sic doc­u­men­taries in re­cent years, and among the most in­ter­est­ing this time around is this por­trait of Ja­panese com­poser Ryuichi Sakamoto. You’ve prob­a­bly heard his work on such film sound­tracks as Merry Christ­mas Mr Lawrence and The Revenant, as well Nokia tones. This film is a sort of di­ary chart­ing his re­turn to cre­ativ­ity af­ter a year out with cancer. Triskel, Sun­day 19, 2pm ■


Win­ners of the short film cat­e­gories in Cork au­to­mat­i­cally go on the long list for the Academy Awards, a path­way that usu­ally en­sures plenty de­cent en­tries from Ire­land and abroad. This par­tic­u­lar se­lec­tion show­cases some of the lo­cal tal­ent in Cork, with eight films, in­clud­ing The Pike by Ali­cia Ní Ghráinne, who has roped in her fel­low West Cork res­i­dent Sinead Cu­sack to play a grand­mother who is liv­ing with her grand­son. Every­man, Sun­day 19, 3pm ■ The Cork Film Fes­ti­val be­gins on ■ Novem­ber 10. For tick­ets and full pro­gramme in­for­ma­tion, see cork­film­

From left, Michael Haneke’s Happy End; a scene from Ir­ish gothic hor­ror, The Lodgers; Sinead Cu­sack in The Pike; Tomi Re­ichen­tal.

Is­abelle Hup­pert in Happy End.

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