Pride as Lee­side lo­cal opens film fest

Irish Examiner - - News - Des O’Driscoll

Cork pride was on full dis­play last night as the city’s film fes­ti­val got un­der way at the Every­man.

Al­ways a big event on Lee­side’s cul­tural cal­en­dar, this year’s open­ing swelled with ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance as at­ten­dees rolled up for the Ir­ish pre­miere of Float Like A But­ter­fly, a film very much cre­ated in Cork.

Among those at­tend­ing was di­rec­tor Carmel Win­ters, who had made the film around Bal­ly­de­hob and other lo­ca­tions a stone’s throw from her West Cork home.

The Kan­turk-born film­maker was ac­com­pa­nied at the screen­ing by her wife Toma McCul­lim — the pair have been to­gether 18 years, but were mar­ried re­cently in Toronto where the film won a prize at the Cana­dian city’s pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val.

Also at the MacCur­tain St venue was But­ter­fly’s young lead, Hazel Doupe, whose per­for­mance as a Trav­eller girl with am­bi­tions to be­come a boxer has marked her out as one of the emerg­ing stars of Ir­ish cin­ema.

The last time the fes­ti­val opened with a Cork film was Song For A Raggy Boy in 2003, and the event has had its fair share of ups and downs since then.

How­ever, the coun­try’s old­est and largest (by vol­ume of screen­ings) film fes­ti­val seems to be back on a firm foot­ing, and has a strong pro­gramme to cater for both main­stream and niche tastes.

“Our am­bi­tion as we build to­wards our 65th an­niver­sary in 2020, is to make Cork Film Fes­ti­val the des­ti­na­tion of choice for great sto­ry­telling on film, for film-mak­ers and au­di­ences alike,” said fes­ti­val CEO Fiona Clark.

Among the other Ir­ish pre­mieres over the next nine days is The Favourite, an 18th-cen­tury tale that con­tin­ues the fruit­ful re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ir­ish pro­ducer Ed Guiney and Greek di­rec­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos (The Lob­ster, The Killing of a Sa­cred Deer). Due for re­lease in Jan­uary, it’s al­ready be­ing talked about as a pos­si­ble Os­car con­tender.

See to­day’s Week­end sup­ple­ment for eight pages of cov­er­age of the Cork Film Fes­ti­val

Pic­tures: Ed­die O’Hare

Carmel Win­ters, right, writer/pro­ducer of the award-win­ning ‘Float like a But­ter­fly’ with its stars, Hilda Faye; Hazel Doupe; Johnny Collins; Noelle O’Re­gan; and Michael Collins at the open­ing of the 63rd Cork Film Fes­ti­val at the Every­man last night.

Fiona Clark, film fes­ti­val pro­ducer/CEO, and Michael Hay­den, pro­gramme di­rec­tor at the Every­man.

Caro­line Kennndy and Frank Bren­nan, both Repub­lic of Works, at the open­ing of the 63rd Cork Film Fes­ti­val.

Pic­tures: Ed­die O’Hare

Holly Ni Ghrada and Aoib­hie McCarthy at the open­ing of the 63rd Cork Film Fes­ti­val at The Every­man last night.

Sharon Brooks, Abi­gail Creed and Jan O’Con­nell at the open­ing of the film fes­ti­val.

John and Jac­qui Doupe at the open­ing of the film fes­ti­val at The Every­man.

Frankie Ross, He­len Wells, and Hi­lary McCarthy, all from Fast­net films, at The Every­man last night.

Jes­sica and Stephen War­beck at the open­ing of the fes­ti­val.

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