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Alain Resnais

Born 3 June 1922 in Vannes, Brittany, to a well-off family. His career spanned over six decades and included such classics as Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), his first feature film, and Last year in Marienbad (1961).  He originally trained as a film editor in the mid-40s before moving on to direct feature films in the…

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Fiston – Pascal Bourdiaux

Kev Adams, one of the co-stars of Pascal Bourdiaux’s film Fiston, is hugely popular among France’s younger generation. His one-man stand-up comedy shows regularly pack out venues all over the country, he stars in his own TV series, Soda, and had a lead role in the most successful French film of 2013, Les Profs which…

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Diplomatie – Volker Schlondorff

André Dussollier and Niels Arustrup engage in a captivating battle of words in German director Volker Schlondorff’s adaptation of the 2011 hit play Diplomatie by French playwright Cyril Gely. Similar in theme to George Clooney’s The Monuments Men  - notably the importance of preserving a country’s cultural heritage – Diplomatie verbally twists and turns as…

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Arrête ou Je Continue (If You Don’t, I Will) – Sophie Fillières

Sophie Fillière’s Arrete ou Je Continue is an overlong dissection of the dying embers of a relationship pulled out of the ordinary by a witty script and stellar performances from the two leading actors. Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos are Pierre and Pomme, a couple in their late forties, who have been together for an eternity.  Are…

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French short animated film Mr Hublot wins Oscar

French film Mr Hublot took home the Oscar for the Best Short Animated Feature at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. First-time nominees Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares beat off strong competition for the award most notably from Walt Disney’s Get a Horse. Mr Hublot tells the story of an obsessive compulsive man who…

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Supercondriaque – Dany Boon

Dany Boon, has missed a golden opportunity to delve into the psyche of a nation known as the pill popping champions of Europe with his latest outing as director, Supercondriaque.  There is much comedy is to be found in poking fun at the French habit of running to consult a doctor at every sore throat…

Gallienne wins big at French cinema Oscars

Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garcons et Guillaume à Table (Me, Myself and Mum) was the big winner at the Cesar award ceremony in Paris on Friday night.  The film picked up awards for Best Picture, Best First Feature, Best Actor for Gallienne himself,  Best adapted screenplay and Best editing. Earlier this year, the film won the Best…