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CUSTODY [JUSQU’À LA GARDE – FRANCE], THU 8 NOVEMBER, 8PM

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This heart-stopping, award-sweeping debut feature charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce. 

After a bitter divorce, Miriam and Antoine battle for sole custody of their son, Julien. Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something – the truth is buried in deceit and jealousy. Julien becomes a pawn in a tense conflict that brings the family’s fraught past to light.

Winner of prestigious awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion for best director, Custody is a gripping, tension-filled drama that heralds a stunning new cinematic voice in Xavier Legrand. His mastery of building suspense, supported by exceptional performances, makes this one of the must-see films of 2018.

A time-bomb of a film that crackles with intense emotional involvement. – LA Times

Hurtling drama of a horrific boyhood…Xavier Legrand’s portayal of domestic violence is a singular debut.The Irish Times ★★★★★ 

Terror tactics and fury blaze in an electric debut.The Telegraph ★★★★★ 

A portrait of a marriage made in hell.The Guardian ★★★★

France, 2017 |Language: French | 94 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director: Xavier Legrand

Cast: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria

A short Irish film, An Island [13 minutes] will be shown before the feature.

 

CRYSTAL SWAN [KHRUSTAL – Belarus] THU 15 NOVEMBER, 8PM

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THIS FILM IS SHOWN IN THE GATE CINEMA ON NORTH MAIN STREET.  START TIME IS 8:30PM.

A highlight of Season 19 is Cork Cine Club’s partnership with Cork Film Festival to present Crystal Swan in the Gate Cinema on North Main Street.

This energetic debut from Belarusian director Darya Zhuk is about young Veyla living in post-Soviet 1997 Minsk.  She dreams of moving to America to become a DJ, but her wanderlust is derailed by a typo in a forged U.S. visa application, forcing her to a backwater village where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.

The debut feature of Belarusian director Darya Zhuk, is the sort of blazing triumph that would hold even the sleepiest film festival-goer in rapt attention. – RogerEbert.com

The kooky scenario at the heart of vibrant this comedy could be lifted from a Seinfeld episode…sweet and salty with a screwball zip.The Skinny

Impressively assured for a first feature, Crystal Swan boasts a luminous lead performance from rising Russian screen queen Alina Nasibullina, and a sparky, sardonic script. – Hollywood Reporter

This tale of a DJ’s fate is definitely worthy of a spin.Screen International

100% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Belarus, 2018 |Language: Russian, English | 95 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:   Darya Zhuk

Cast:  Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Svetlana Anikey

Online booking is available for Crystal Swan.  Booking opens on Tuesday 16 October at 7pm on www.corkfilmfest.org.

 

 

 

LEAVE NO TRACE [USA], THU 22 NOVEMBER, 8PM

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A gripping drama about an Iraq veteran father and his daughter who take refuge from society deep in an Oregon forest.  A war movie made without a shot fired in anger by the director of multi-award-winning Winter’s Bone.

Will, a war veteran suffering from PTSD and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.  Intense and touching performances from Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie [Tom] and Ben Foster [Will].

Directed by Debra Granik, and adapted from the 2009 novel, My Abandonment, by Peter Rock.

100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

A work of overwhelming, understated power that quite simply took my breath away…flawless, deeply affecting. – Mark Kermode in The Guardian ★★★★

A deeply intelligent story of love and survival in the wild… everything that a movie should be. – Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian  ★★★★

A chronicle of a lesser-seen, lesser-moneyed America…a delicate family drama at heart.The Irish Times ★★★

Click here to read The Irish Times interview with the director.

Click here to watch the director’s analysis of a key scene, and read The New York Times review of  a very American story about survival.

A richly drawn and rewarding film that stays with you.RTE Entertainment

USA, 2018 |Language: English | 109 minutes | Cert: PG

Director:  Debra Granik

Cast:  Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard

THE DIVINE ORDER [DIE GÖTTLICHE ORDNUNG – SWITZERLAND] THU 29 NOVEMBER, 8PM

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In 1971 Switzerland where women were still denied the right to vote, a housewife  finds herself leading her remote village’s suffragette movement.  A feel-good film about political awakening. Winner of Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival.

When dutiful wife and mother Nora is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her village’s suffragette movement. Nora’s newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage.  Refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike and makes some startling discoveries about her own liberation. An uplifting and captivating time-capsule.

There is something moving, and timely too, in the story of an inspirational wave of feminists threatening the status quo, fearlessly braving ridicule, mockery and the backlash against them.The Guardian  ★★★

An exceptionally warm crowd-pleaser of a movie.rogerebert.com  ★★★

Switzerland, 2017 |Language: Swiss-German  | 94 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director: Petra Volpe

Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischeck, Marta Zoffoli, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin

A short Irish film, Smithy & Dickie [10 minutes], will be shown before the feature.

LUCKY [USA], THU 6 DECEMBER, 8PM

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Harry Dean Stanton shines in his final role as Lucky, a cantankerous, desert-dwelling, chain-smoking 90-year-old atheist. A heartening meditation on mortality, human connectedness and enlightenment.

Having out lived and out smoked his contemporaries, this fiercely independent atheist’s life has revolved around a daily routine of yoga, crossword puzzles, TV game shows, and cigarettes. But as he contemplates the end of life, Lucky finds himself on a late journey of self-exploration.

Harry Dean Stanton’s final on-screen performance is funny, touching and beguiling, and particularly poignant in the knowledge that he passed away just days before the film’s US cinema release.  It’s an award-winning first feature from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac).

No one who cares about movies and those rare actors who can elevate them into something unforgettable would dream of missing this scrappy, loving tribute to a virtuoso. – Rolling Stone

New York Times Critic’s Pick

This quirky drama – Stanton’s last film – is really something to see.The Irish Times ★★★★

The sandblasted terrain of Stanton’s face constitutes a movie within a movie, a life revealed in contemplation. – rogerebert.com  ★★★★

USA, 2017 |Language: English | 88 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director:   John Carroll Lynch

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt and Beth Grant

A short Irish film, The Swimmer [10 minutes], will be shown before the feature.