Best of French films old and new in Cork

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The 19th Cork French Film Fes­ti­val opens next Thurs­day with Cé­line Sci­amma’s well-re­garded Wa­ter Lilies, in which three teenage girls com­pete for boys and places on the syn­chro­nised swim­ming team. The pro­gramme en­com­passes French co-pro­duc­tions, among them the clos­ing film, Na­dine Labaki’s Caramel, in which a Beirut beauty salon is the set­ting for five Le­banese women to con­fide in each other.

The fes­ti­val will presents the Ir­ish pre­miere of Ex Drum­mer, Koen Mortier’s “blackly comic” pic­ture about an au­thor in­vited to meet three dis­abled mu­si­cians.

Rus­sian di­rec­tor Slava Ross will at­tend the pre­miere of Fat Stupid Rab­bit, in which an ac­tor is de­mor­alised af­ter spend­ing 10 years play­ing a rab­bit in a ram­shackle theatre.

Re­cent films also in­clude Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris; Silent Light from Mex­i­can di­rec­tor Car­los Rey­gadas; and Har­mony Korine’s Mis­ter Lonely, with Diego Luna as aMichael Jack­son im­per­son­ator.

Clas­sic movies will in­clude Jean Cocteau’s Or­phée, Rene Laloux’s Fan­tas­tic Planet, JeanJac­ques Beineix’s Diva and An­drei Tarkovsky’s The Sac­ri­fice. The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) will be per­formed to live ac­com­pa­ni­ment by 3ep­kano.

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues un­til March 7th at Triskel Arts Cen­tre and the Gate cin­ema. www.cork­french filmfes­ti­

Wa­ter Lilies opens the Cork French Film Fes­ti­val

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