Cork Film Festival 2017

Plenty of music-related big screen action at this year's CFF...

The 62nd edition of Cork Film Festival officially launched on Friday night with Ireland's oldest film extravaganza well underway. For those who like to follow the music-related movies, below are some of the highlights:

Conny Plank: The Potential of Noise
Thursday, 16th November, 9.15pm
Instrumental in shaping the early sound of Kraftwerk, going on to work with legends such as Neu!, Cluster, DAF and Devo, eventually breaking through to the mainstream with the likes of Ultravox and The Eurythmics, a world without studio engineer and music producer Conny Plank’s influence is unfathomable. Plank’s son Stephan and Reto Caduff, set out to discover the side of Stephan's father which he did not know, whilst at the same time, through interviews with such luminaries as Michael Rother, Daniel Miller and the late Holger Czukay, providing an appreciation of the man and his craft.

Promised Land
The Everyman
Friday, 17th November, 6.30pm
Eugene Jarecki traverses America in Elvis Presley's Rolls Royce in an attempt to discover the heart and soul of the country. Featuring interviews with David Simon, Emmylou Harris, Alec Baldwin and Chuck D.

Teenage Superstars
Friday, 17th November, 8.15pm
Director Grant McPhee (Big Gold Dream) crafts an endearing, jangly love letter to the musical revolution of the 1980s Glasgow suburbs. Featuring The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Soup Dragons and their contemporaries.

The Gate
Saturday, 18th November, 9pm
Jeane Balibar plays an actress playing the role of celebrated French singer Barbara. The film has biopic elements but the real treat is the songs and their settings - stages revealed through parting velvet curtains, elegant wood panelled recording studios and impeccably recreated vintage apartments.

Saturday Night Fever
Triskel Christchurch
Saturday, 18th November, 9pm
Just the mention of Saturday Night Fever brings to mind disco lights, smooth moves and jive talkin’. In a beautiful new restoration and directors cut, we once again get to see the film that director John Badham wanted us to see, with its iconic soundtrack from the Bee Gees.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Triskel Christchurch
Sunday, 19th November, 2pm
More like a diary than a career overview, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda acts as a window into the Japanese composers’ creative process, applying his past achievements and current passions to his new work, resulting in a meditative, rewarding experience.

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- Cork Film Festival takes place 10th-19th November 2017

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