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Something for everyone at French filmfest
Now entering its fourth decade, the French Film Festival UK embraces the richness and diversity of francophone cinema and seeks to expand cultural horizons. Mutually appreciative links have been forged over the last 12 months with like-minded Festivals in Dinard and Angoulême.
The organisers of French Film Festival UK pay tribute to the legion of loyal audiences, sponsors, funders, as well as passionate and committed individuals, who every year ensure the festival comes to vibrant life – not only in November and December, but also as part of the film events throughout the year.
The Festival opened with the UK premiere of Divertimento in London on 1 November and runs until 14 December, featuring 33 films in screenings in 30 UK cities and towns.
They include Agnès Jaoui and director Frédéric Sojcher in attendance on 4 November at Ciné Lumière for the UK Premiere of The Course of Life and Swiss filmmaker Laurent Nègre will put in an appearance for A Forgotten Man (at Ciné Lumière with screenings
elsewhere). Also showing are Berlin Golden Bear Winner On the Adamant by Nicolas Philibert; Thomas Cailley’s stunning second feature The Animal Kingdom; Martin Provost’s beautiful painterly drama Bonnard, Pierre and Marthe; Christian Carion’s heart-warming Driving Madeleine with Dany Boon and veteran Line Renaud; the sixth feature by Oscar-nominated Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, Four Daughters; and wicked thriller The Origin of Evil by Sébastien Marnier featuring Laure Calamy.
Quebec’s Monia Chokri (actress turned film-maker) offers a sexy rom-com, The Nature of Love. Two Belgian talents, rapper Baloji making a stunning debut with Omen while compatriot Bas Devos tugs at the heart-strings in Brussels-based Here which had the critics heaping on praise in Berlin earlier in the year.
Female camaraderie comes to the fore in Two Tickets to Greece by Marc Fitoussi with a trio of fine performances by Olivia Côte, Laure Calamy, and Kristin Scott Thomas.
You can find full information at https://frenchfilmfestival.org.uk