Cork City

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dvd titles‌Film in the library

In addition to books and music, Cork City Libraries offer a comprehensive collection of film on DVD. The Hollywood classics are well represented as are the popular movies of recent years, and the collection includes a range of independent films and world-cinema titles. Currently there are more than 3,000 films in the collection, with multiple copies of some of the more popular titles. The full list of holdings below, arranged by director, is updated regularly, but don’t forget to check our online catalogue as well, as new stock is purchased all the time. If you want to search for films from a particular country - say if you are interested in French film - use our subject alphabetical search, and enter the search term 'Motion pictures France' and vary the country as required. And if there is anything you’d like to see in stock which you cannot find on the catalogue, please suggest it as an addition to stock.

We also hold a range of non-fiction films and documentaries covering subjects such as wildlife and nature, history, travel, keep-fit, literature, and filmed stage productions. The Rory Gallagher Music Library has a collection of operas, Broadway musical productions, and rock, pop, and folk concerts on DVD.

Movies for all

The same lending rules apply in film as for all our stock: Members of the library can borrow up to ten items at a time, any or all of which can be films. The loan period is three weeks. Reflecting the decisions of the Irish Film Classification Office some of our film holdings are restricted to borrowers over 18.

A City of Films

Going to the cinema is as popular as ever in Cork though the venues have changed over the years. A number of commercial cinemas operate in the city centre, suburbs, and satellite towns, while lovers of art-house movies and world cinema are catered for at Triskel Christchurch on Tobin Street. The Cork Cine Club, operating out of Saint John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, is another option. The club, looking forward to Season 17 in 2018/9, operates on Thursday nights, and starts in September. The Cork Film Festival has been running annually since 1956, and the 2018 event will run from November 9th to November 18th. Its programme includes feature films, shorts, and documentaries from Ireland and around the world - films are shown at The Everyman Theatre, Triskel Christchurch, and the Gate Cinema. 

IndieCork is another film event, celebrating independent film and emerging filmmakers, and it is due to take place in October 2018. The 27th Cork French Film Festival took place in March 2017. The Fastnet Film Festival takes place each summer in Schull in West Cork.

Films recently added to stock:

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 The commune / directed by Thomas Vinterberg    Le cercle rouge / directed by Jean-Pierra Melville    Story of my death / directed by Albert Serra    Glory / directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Glory / directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (2016)
Story of my death (Historia de la meva mort) / directed by Albert Serra (2013)
Le cercle rouge / directed by Jean-OPierre Melville (1970)
The commune / directed by Thomas Vinterberg (2016)
The Party / directed by Sally Potter (2017) 
A woman's life / directed by Stéphane Brizé (2016)
Good time / directed by the Safdie Brothers (2017)
I am not a witch / directed by Rungano Nyoni (2017)
The little hours / directed by Jeff Baena (2016)
La Prisonniere / directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (1968)
Le Corbeau / directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (1943)
Quai des Orfevres / directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (1947)
Breathe / directed by Andy Serkis (2017)