Programme A-Z 2014

14:00 Sat 08 March, 2014 @

5.46 AM

A selection of different public spaces in Paris, one metre underwater, offering a surrealist and serene view of the city.


8 Women

8 Femmes

Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert and Fanny Ardant star in François Ozon’s highly stylised murder mystery musical set in the 1950’s.

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A Room in Town

Une Chambre En Ville

Demy’s triumphant comeback after a decade working outside France brilliantly refashions the all-sung musical form of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg for darker, more political purposes.

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Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

After returning a childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, Amélie sets out on a mission to bring magic into the lives of others.

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An Italian Straw Hat with live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand

René Clair’s delectable satire on middle-class pretension is one of the great landmarks of French silent cinema.

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An ultra-chic pop art musical comedy written for screen siren Anna Karina, featuring a soundtrack by legendary French composer Serge Gainsbourg, who also stars.

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Are you for real?

Mike Glennon is a composer and intermedia artist from Limerick whose work has featured at exhibitions in Ireland, USA, Columbia and Wales. Using a 15 second found footage fragment of television static and inteference, Are You For Real? seeks to locate the common ground between beauty and noise.



A complex, evocative portrait of Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney, the pastor of Ars, whose humble and loving life led to sanctification.

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Attila Marcel – Closing Film*

*Irish Premiere

After the success of his animation features (The Triplets Of Belleville), Sylvain Chomet’s first live action film is a smooth transition and as whimsically poetic as all his previous work.

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Parisian artist Véronique Mouysset’s philosophical reflections and thoughts about the confrontation between cultures brings together image, sound and electro-acoustic music. Auto-triptych is based upon a personal video art piece Autopsy (1993). Phrases such as “identity crisis”, “rise in racism”, “climate of insecurity” and “gender dimension” resonate.


Bay of Angels*

La Baie Des Anges

*Presented by Rosalie Varda-Demy

Compulsive gambler Jeanne Moreau aims her eyes at a naive young bank clerk in this sun-drenched, nicotine-stained ode to the gamblers and losers of the French Riviera.

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Betty Blue

37°2 Le Matin

A landmark in French cinema, Betty Blue is an uninhibited and tumultuous story of an obsessive relationship that descends into madness.

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Donkey Skin*

Peau D’ane


A resplendent restoration of one of Demy’s most opulent films, a work that still exerts a powerful hold on French popular culture.

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El Gusto*

*Presented by Dr. Patrick Crowley, Department of French, UCC

A beautiful rhythmic cocktail of Andalusian, Berber, Arabic and Flamenco traditions, chaabi music was the heart and soul of cosmopolitan Algiers in the 1940s.

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Daft Punk’s Electroma is an odyssey of two robots who journey across a mythical American landscape of haunting, surreal beauty on a quest to become human.

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Fantastic Planet

La Planète Sauvage

René Laloux’s mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi is a landmark of European animation.

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Fresh Look

Regard Frais

Born in 1954 in Paris,  Didier Feldmann  produces surrealist animation films and impressionist images based on the precept that film can be a media of pure sensation and emotion without the need for narrative. He takes photographs too.


Girl Rising – Lord Mayor’s screening*

*Presented by Gillian Keating, President, Cork Chamber

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

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Impressions de la Mer

De La Mer is an audio-visual composition using a solo piano composition incorporating the harmonic innovations of the French impressionists and an original ink drawing which uses the golden ratio to determine the position of subjects within the picture.


Invisible Pink Unicorn Club

This music video is a sequel of sorts, to a previous video made for SlowPlaceLikeHome (There Go The Lights Again). Continuing a people-less, nocturnal, supernatural theme shot on a Dart ride through Dublin City. Invisible Pink Unicorn Club will be re-released on SlowPlaceLikeHome’s new forthcoming album entitled Romola.


Jacquot de Nantes*

*Presented by Rosalie Varda-Demy

Inspired by the stories and memories of her husband Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda creates an enlightening portrait of the artist as a young boy.

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La Luxure


Demy’s contribution to the omnibus film The Seven Deadly Sins (which also included segments by Godard and Chabrol) is characteristically oriented towards his childhood memories of Nantes, specifically the market where Demy and his friends gathered to smoke.

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Le Bel Indifferent

Jacques Demy’s first fictional short is a very personal adaptation of the play Jean Cocteau had written for Edith Piaf in the early years of WWII.

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Le Mépris Candlelit Supper With Guest Composer Laurent Levesque*

*Candlelit Supper With Guest Composer Laurent Levesque

CFFF celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ballymaloe House with a special screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s sublime epic Le Mèpris.

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Le Million

In 1929-30, when Hollywood was stymied by the arrival of talkies, a Frenchman named René Clair set about reinventing the movies for the world of sound.

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14:00 Wed 05 March, 2014 @

Le Sabotier du Val de Loire

Jacques Demy’s first short is a finely detailed portrait of a week in the life of a clog-maker in the Loire Valley

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*Presented by Rosalie Varda-Demy

Demy’s ravishing debut film was so masterful that everything he made after looked back in some way to its world and almost mythical characters.

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Look At Me

Comme Une Image

Lolita is a young student singer with self-esteem issues: she obsesses about being overweight, questions whether she’s good enough to make it professionally as a chanteuse and endures a far from harmonious relationship with her father, Étienne.



Lystem is a reflection on the digital image, on its immaterial and sterile nature. Étienne de Massy uses a process of accumulation and sets the image to different rhythms and arrangements that build up a narrative. The frame by frame imagery has been assembled to the music of Nicolas Bernier.


Model Shop*

*Presented by Julia Fabry (Ciné-Tamaris)

As beautiful and moving as any of Demy’s films, Model Shop may finally secure the reputation it so richly deserves in this superlative restoration.

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Nenette et Boni*

*Presented by Jonathan Broda (Eicar, Paris)

Claire Denis’ tender portrait of two teenage siblings raised apart due to their parents’ divorce.

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Nothing happens like we imagine

Compacted, contracted, kneaded, accelerated, multiplied, concatenated, unleashed, blown up, torn apart, tormented… the ‘slices of life’ knead the human throughout life, love and death.



*Presented by Julia Fabry (Ciné-Tamaris)

Demy pays homage to Cocteau in this rock ‘n’roll update of Orphée, a film that has been little seen since its debut.

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Rotation of the Earth

Composer Irene Buckley and interactive visual sound designer Furry use Foucault’s Pendulum at the Pantheon, Paris as the inspiration for the sound and images behind Rotation of the Earth. The pendulum is a simple mechanical device conceived as proof of planetary rotation.


Same Old Song

On Connaît La Chanson

Winner of seven César Awards, Same Old Song is a charming, romantic musical comedy directed by Alain Resnais (Hiroshima, Mon Amour).

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Silk Chroma

Silk Chroma is an abstract ambient visual music work, a collaboration between visual music artist Maura McDonnell and composer Linda Buckley. Inspired by the novella Silk by Alessandro Baricco, it uses text as a conceptual framework for the creation of a ‘visual music’ colour presentation with an accompanying electro-acoustic musical composition using synthesized timbres.


Soundtrack with Neil Brand*

*Presented by Danijela Kulezic Wilson

Neil Brand explores the work of the great movie composers, and demonstrates their techniques.


The Beat that my Heart Skipped

De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrêté

Tom (Romain Duris) is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps in the sleazy and sometimes brutal world of the real estate business.

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The Big Blue

Le Grand Bleu

Luc Besson’s marvelously filmed underwater epic inspired by the life of the famous deep-sea free diver Jacques Mayol.

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The Fall of the House Usher

The Fall Of The House Of Usher with Live Score By Irene Buckley

A visual masterpiece of the macabre, Epstein’s Gothic fantasy is a viscerally compelling meditation on the relationship between life, art and death.

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The Fall of the House Usher


*With Jonathan Broda (Eicar, International Film School, Paris)

The artistic trends of the 1920’s – Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism and Surrealism – intersect and nourish each other in a Paris that attracts artists from all disciplines and cultures.


The Night is Young*

Mauvais Sang

*Presented by Jonathan Broda (Eicar, Paris)

A young street punk who runs away from home inadvertently ends up helping two elderly criminals in a plot to steal a virus from a futuristic lab.

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The Red Balloon, With live score by Christophe Rohr*

*Followed By Four Course Dinner With Wine At River Lee Hotel

Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time.

21:00 Sat 08 March, 2014

The Science of Sleep

La science des rêves

Stephane (Gael García Bernal) works for a calendar production company and makes up for the monotony in his life through his vivid dreams.

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The Silent Pianist Speaks with Neil Brand*

*Silent Film Show followed by Supper A La Parisienne At The Farmgate Cafe, English Market

After co-starring with Paul Merton in the UK tour of Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns, silent film pianist Neil Brand presents his own critically acclaimed show.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Opening Film*

Les Parapluies De Cherbourg

*Presented by Rosalie Varda-Demy

A work that belongs in the pantheon, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a masterpiece, to be seen and savoured many times.

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The World of Jacques Demy*

*Presented by Rosalie Varda-Demy

Imperative for any Demy fan, this penetrating portrait of the director made by his wife, Agnès Varda, interweaves clips from Demy’s films with insightful and entertaining interviews with many who worked with him, a veritable aristocracy of French cinema.

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The Young Girls of Rochefort*

Les Demoiselles De Rochefort

*Presented by Julia Fabry (Ciné-Tamaris)

Demy’s exuberant tribute to Hollywood musicals stars Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac (Deneuve’s real-life sister) as musically inclined twin sisters Delphine and Solange.

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The Young Girls Turn 25*

Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 Ans

*Presented by Julie Fabry (Ciné-Tamaris)

A thrilling companion to The Young Girls of Rochefort, Varda’s ebullient documentary revisits that classic on its 25th anniversary.

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Un Homme et Une Femme

A chance encounter leads to a tentative romance in Claude Lelouch’s Academy Award winning Un Homme et une Femme.

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Under Twilight

Baby-sitter, barman, clothes and handcrafts sales- man, videotape operator, assistant director, editor, mime, auction sales assistant, journalist, artist and filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Périot creates beauty and/ or destruction with music by Patten.