Cork Film Festival Closing Gala Events

Below is a quick recap of the Closing Gala including a mini-review of The Silence of Lorna, a Cannes Film Festival award winner…

Lorna with husband number one, Claudy.

Twas no Cilla Black show: Lorna with husband number one, Claudy.

‘The Silence of Lorna’, directed by the Dardenne brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc) was the film selected for this year’s Closing Gala. I’m surprised that such a bleak movie was chosen to end the festival; although a tale of redemption in some ways, it doesn’t offer much hope and leaves you feeling a bit pessimistic. Lorna, the main protagonist, is a young Albanian woman who earns herself Belgian citizenship by marrying Claudy, a junkie trying his best to clean up his act. The marriage is a sham, naturally, and Lorna plans to move on to a second husband as soon as possible so that he too can gain citizenship. The money she will earn for such deeds should provide capital for her and her true lover to set up a snack shop in the city. It’s a messy situation and it’s not long before Lorna is out of her depth, the only female in a male dominated set up. ‘The Silence of Lorna’ was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes and also won a Screenwriting award there. The plot is fairly straightforward, almost too straightforward at times: First this happens, then that happens; I was left with the impression the writers did not exactly enjoy writing this story! Of course, this only adds to the realism which the Dardenne bros wanted to achieve; there’s no Hollywood endings here.

Before the main event, the various short film awards were handed out: Best Irish Short went to Cecilia McAllister for ‘Féileachán’/’Driving Lesson’ and the Best Made in Cork went to Ed Godsell for ‘Matty Kiely’s Last Day’, a spur of the moment documentary about the closure of the popular fish n’ chip shop on Maylor Street. You can watch the winning short here on the purecork blip tv site, along with a few other shorts about various old-fashioned sweet shops around the county. Ed Godsell also won the Audience Award at the Cork Film Festival a few years ago for his comical short, ‘Mullet’, in which he questioned the people of Cork about the mullet fish that reside in the River Lee during the summer. A full list of the winners can be found here on the official festival site.

The closing gala heralded the end of yet another film festival..but was it a good festival? I’m milking this polldaddy device and offering ye yet another chance to vote! And as for the last poll, well the screenings which most people wanted to see at the Cork Film Fest were the Cork shorts 🙂


2 thoughts on “Cork Film Festival Closing Gala Events

  1. Lorna was no light hearted show..but the characters were very interesting particularly Lorna and her husband Claudy. It’s possible to feel sorry for them, and alienated by their behavior at the same time. In fact by the end, I really wasn’t sure what to think of any of them..the whole thing is quite tragic. Even the cinematography, the repetitive and excessively drawn out shots add to the overwhelming sense of the mundane, the lifeless side of life. So eh, not a film to see if you want a laugh basically.

  2. Keep up the nice work! Look forward to reading more from you in the future. I think it will be also nice if you add “send to email” tool so people can forward the articles to their friends easily.

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