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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 15 in 2016/7, operates on Thursday nights, and starts in September. The Cork Film Festival has been running annually since 1956, and the 2016 event is to take place in November. Its programme includes feature films, shorts, and documentaries from Ireland and around the world - films are shown at Cork Opera House, 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 mid-October 2016. The 27th Cork French Film Festival took place in March 2016, but the Underground Film Festival, which usually runs in August, will not take place in 2016. The Fastnet Film Festival takes place each summer in Schull in West Cork.

Films recently added to stock:

Miles ahead / directed by Don Cheadle      Mirror / directed by Andrei Tarkovsky       Love & friendship / directed by Whit Stillman     ‌Fire at sea / directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Son of Saul / directed by Laszlo Nemes
Born to be Blue / directed by Robert Budreau
Miles Ahead / directed by Don Cheadle (Blu-ray)
Mustang / directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven
Mirror / directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1974)
Love & Friendship / directed by Whit Stillman
Mon Roi / directed by Maiwenn
Tale of Tales / directed by Matteo Garrone
Embrace of the Serpent / directed by Ciro Guerra
Fire at Sea (documentary) / directed by Gianfranco Rosi
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night / directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Spotlight / directed by Tom McCarthy
Metropolis / directed by Fritz Lang (reconstructed and restored on blu-ray disc

Complete stock list of feature films on DVD [updated 16 October 2015]