About the Cork French Film Festival

The Alliance Française de Cork is proud to present the 31st Cork French film festival, a Cork event bringing the best of French cinema to Irish audiences.

Some of the greatest French film directors will feature at this year’s Cork French Film Festival. The Festival will run from Wednesday 4th March to Sunday 8th March and takes place at The Gate Cinema.

The Opening Night film is ‘Proxima’ starring Eva Green and Matt Dillon, which was the French film nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and a nominee for a French César Award. Proxima is directed by French filmmaker Alice Winocour. This film was shot in various real training facilities at the European Space Agency. It tells the story of Sarah, a woman trying to balance her work as an astronaut preparing for a year-long stint on the International Space Station with her family life as mother to an eight-year-old daughter Stella.

The Closing Night film is ‘The Truth’ (La Verité). This is a 2019 French-Japanese drama film, written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. It is Kore-eda’s first film set outside Japan and not in his native language.

Partners and supporting sponsors this year include the French Embassy in Ireland, the Consular Agency of France in Cork, the Arts Council, the Cork City Council / Arts Office, Amarenco, the Port Of Cork, CIT, River Lee Hotel, UCC Department of French, the Gate Cinema, Institut Français, IFI, The Friary, Digipix, No-filter, the Cork French Teachers’ Association, Café Marius.

The programme for the 31st Cork French Film Festival has been curated by Guest Festival Programmer, Marie-Pierre Richard.

The 31st edition

Rendez-vous avec le cinéma français !

They said…

In 1897, the Lumière brothers recorded the first ever images from Ireland. This footage marked the beginning of vibrant cinematographic ties between France and Ireland. I’m delighted that the Alliance Française of Cork perpetuates this common history with its annual Cork French Film Festival, now in its 31st edition. The very diverse selection of films presented this year will showcase the diversity of a French cinema in tune with the times.”

H.E. Stéphane Crouzat

Ambassador of France to Ireland

As President of the Alliance Française de Cork, may I extend to you a very warm welcome to our 31st French Film Festival here in Cork.
This year is a wonderful year for French film and we are delighted that Marie-Pierre Richard, Una Feely and Mick Hannigan have put together a tantalising mix of great films for young and old. I want to particularly thank the Board and in particular Valérie David-McGonnell and Josselin Le Gall for all of their hard work in preparing the ground for this festival. Warm thanks to all of our sponsors – without you this would not happen. We are also grateful to H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland, Arts Council and Cork City Council for all of their support.
Thank you to Margaret Greene and all the team at The Gate Cinema for hosting us for all of these years.

John Mullins

Chairman of the Cork French Film Festival and President of Alliance Francaise de Cork

The French Embassy in Ireland is proud to support the Alliance Française de Cork in presenting another great edition of the Cork French Film Festival, the longest established festival of French cinema in Ireland. Bringing you the best of French films to Cork, this festival contributes to the rich cultural ties between our two countries. 

This year, the programme focuses on issues which cut across the societies of today. The chosen films are superb, and deal with topics that speak to all of us.

There are beautiful stories of women: how to reconcile career and motherhood in Proxima, complex relationships between mothers and daughters in The True, and TWO, a film which tells the poignant love story of two older women.

The films Someone Somewhere and Who You Think I Am tackle the issues of the intrusion of social networks into romantic relationships and how they change gender relations.

French cinema remains very socially engaged: Les Misérables sounds the alarm in underprivileged neighbourhoods, Gloria Mundi highlights the social violence of today’s world and Système K looks at some of the realities of Africa and how committed artists survive within political and social chaos. 

Not to mention all the other wonderful films selected for the festival. They are all worth watching.

Finally, I would like to thank the Cork French Film Festival for paying tribute to the recently departed Anna Karina, the magnificent actress in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Pierrot le fou. 

Last but not least, the festival is also part of the Francophonie Festival celebrating French language and cultural diversity across Ireland during the month of March and beyond and we are excited to present a film about African artists as part of the programme in resonance with the upcoming Africa 2020 Season in France.

Don’t miss this rendez-vous avec le cinéma français!


Cultural Counsellor

Josselin LE GALL

Member of the Board of Directors, Alliance Française de Cork, Director of the Cork French Film Festival and Honorary Consul of France in Cork

Valérie David-McGonnell

Member of the Board of Directors, Alliance Française de Cork and Director of the Cork French Film Festival

“We are delighted to announce the programme for this year’s Cork French Film Festival which is now in its 31st year. Besides bringing a French-language cinematic experience to Cork audiences, the Cork French Film Festival aims to provide an insight into French and Francophone cultures and societies. This year’s edition features the best of French cinema as well as an exciting documentary about the art street scene in Kinshasa, a film presented in association with the French Embassy in Ireland as part of the Francophonie Festival and in resonance with the upcoming Africa 2020 Season in France.”