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L’Art de la Fugue (The Easy Way Out) – Brice Cauvin

Based on the novel by American author Stephen McCauley, Brice Cauvin’s second full-length feature is a flat, lifeless tale of a dysfunctional family which centres on each member’s inability to conduct a meaningful, loving adult relationship. Originally set in Boston, McCauley’s novel has not travelled well across the Atlantic.  When you take a story that…

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Les Combattants (Love at First Fight) – Thomas Cailley

Thomas Cailley’s first feature-length film Les Combattants went home with a slew of prizes from February’s film award season. Three Césars including best first film for Cailley, best actress for Adèle Haenel and best male newcomer for Kevin Azaïs as well as best first film and best male newcomer at the Cérémonie des Prix Lumières, known as the French Golden…

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Bis – Dominique Farrugia

It’s surprising to learn Dominique Farrugia’s Bis is based on an original idea from two of France’s most prolific and successful writing/directing teams to date –  Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière. While Farrugia’s comedy can boast the likeable Franck Dubosc and equally pleasing Kad Merad in the lead roles, this story of two…

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Timbuktu wins big at French Césars ahead of Oscar ceremony

Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised  Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best…

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l’Enquête (The Clearstream Affair) – Vincent Garenq

It’s a courageous director who will take on the complexity of one of France’s biggest financial and political scandals and attempt to turn it into a compelling drama.  Vincent Garenq has aleady proved he is the man for the job with his award winning Présumé Coupable which examined one of the country’s most notorious miscarriages of justice, the…

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Papa ou Maman (Daddy or Mommy) – Martin Bourboulon

Home-grown comedies are currently riding the crest of a wave in France. After the huge success of Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu and the ongoing healthy performance at the box-office of La Famille Béllier, Martin Bourboulon’s debut feature Papa ou Maman has all the hallmarks of a bonafide hit. Co-written by Alexandre…

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Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako

Monday night, the Paris-based international press presented Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu with the Prix Lumière for both best film and best director. It was a fitting reward for a film depicting the effect of a group of Islamist fundamentalists on the people of the city which deftly avoids reducing a complicated situation into a simple battle…

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Sissako’s Timbuktu wins coveted Prix Lumière for Best Film

Franco-Mauritanian film Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako won the Prix Lumière for Best Film on Monday night at a ceremony dubbed the French Golden Globes. The international press based in Paris also awarded Sissako the Best Director prize. Timbuktu faced stiff competiton for best filim including Celine Sciamma’s Bande de Filles and Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello.…

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20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…