Film fest extends invitation to Farrell
on 18/10/2012 00:00:00
"We have issued the invitation but there are schedule issues. We might not know until the last minute whether he can attend or not," Mr Hannigan said.
They are also hopeful McDonagh will attend. McDonagh, who wrote The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan for stage, before writing In Bruges, starring Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, and Brendan Gleeson, won his first film award at the Cork Film Festival in 2005 for his short, Six Shooter, which went on to win an Oscar for Best Short the following year.
Details of the 57th Cork Film Festival were announced last night.
Over 300 Irish and international feature films, documentaries and shorts will be screened from Nov 11-18.
The festival will open with the screening of The Great Flood, directed by Bill Morrison and inspired by the catastrophic 1927 Mississippi river flood.
It will be accompanied by a live performance on the Cork Opera House stage by jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, it is the only Irish date for this performance.
Some of the top international features include Reality, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, The Oranges, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Laurie, and In Another Country a South Korean comedy starring Isabelle Huppert.
The festival will showcase the best in Irish documentary-making with the world premiere of Skin in the Game directed by Donald Taylor-Black, and Get the Picture, a film about John T Morris, former picture editor of the New York Times.
Local documentary makers will also be featured, with 161 Days: The Vita Cortex Workers Struggle, and Am an Gháthair, the true story of Josephine Brown, who agreed to spy for the IRA in Cork's Victoria Barracks on condition that the IRA kidnap her son from her in-laws in Britain. The IRA man involved, Major Florrie O'Donoghue, later became a founding committee member of the Cork Film Festival.
The festival box office opens on Opera Lane on Nov 3.
* Full screening details and tickets are available on www.corkfilmfest.org