French fi­nesse

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Be aware that the ex­cel­lent Cork French Film Fes­ti­val, which be­gan last week­end, con­tin­ues un­til Sun­day.

Among the high­lights is a screen­ing, with live mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment, of Carl T Dreyer’s silent mas­ter­piece The Pas­sion of Joan of Arc in the suit­ably ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Christchurch, Triskel venue. Irene Buck­ley, the Corko­nian com­poser, will be util­is­ing elec­tron­ics, or­gan from Rhoda Dul­lea and the strains of so­prano Emma Nash. If you want to get some sense of what Ms Buck­ley’s work sounds like, check out her web­site at ireneb­uck­ley.com. The event kicks off to­mor­row at 8pm.

The fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers have worked hard at find­ing in­no­va­tive ways of reach­ing be­yond the con­ven­tions of the tra­di­tional film fes­ti­val. For ex­am­ple, Project DI, which plays in the Triskel to­mor­row at 10pm, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween dancer Del­phine Dolce and “elec­tro-videog­ra­pher” Lionel Palun. An­drew Fogarty and David Lacey pro­vide the sounds.

There are two other un­miss­able re­vivals on Sun­day. Mar­cel Carné’s Les En­fants du Par­adis, a time­less tale of show folk, and Jac­ques Tati’s Mon On­cle, wry com­men­tary on mod­ern life, both play at the Gate Cinema. The fes­ti­val closes later the same day with an early show­ing for Aki Kau­ris­mäki’s de­light­ful, ec­cen­tric com­edy Le Havre. Fans can look for­ward to a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally un­hinged in­ter­view with the great Finn in these pages in the next few weeks. cork­french­film­fes­ti­val.com.

The Pas­sion of Joan of Arc will be screened with live mu­sic

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