Les Cowboys – Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain’s directorial debut brings to the screen an idea the successful scriptwriter has mulled over for years and which takes on new meaning after the recent tragic events in Paris.  Les Cowboys is the story of a father’s desperate search for his 16 year-old-daughter after she disappears abroad with her possibly jihadist boyfriend.  Questions…

Les Anarchistes – Elie Wajeman

For the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut feature Aliyah, Elie Wajeman goes back to Paris at the turn of the 19th century and straight to the heart of a gang of political activists and the young police officer sent to infiltrate the group. Les Anarchistes lines up all the elements of a top notch…

L’Hermine (Courted) – Christian Vincent

With two awards from this year’s Venice Film Festival safely under its belt – Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Fabrice Luchini – Christian Vincent’s L’Hermine has already proved its artistic credentials.  But part conventional courtroom drama, part love story, it’s difficult to see what Vincent is driving at with a storyline which reveals the French justice…

Nous Trois ou Rien – Kheiron

French stand-up comedian Kheiron’s directorial debut is the true story of his parent’s flight from Iran after the Shah was replaced in 1978 by Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic.  They eventually settled in France and Nous Trois ou Rien is a sincere and moving tribute to his parents courage and determination to live by their principles.…

Ange & Gabrielle  – Anne Giafferi

Anne Giafferi’s peppy, US-style romantic comedy, based on the play by Muriel Magellan L’Eveil du Chameau, is a perfect tonic for the winter blues.  Patrick Bruel (Ange) and Isabelle Carré (Gabrielle) make an attractive, if slightly older than usual, couple who fall in love after just the right measure of misunderstandings and misconceptions.  And the film…

La Dernière Leçon (The Final Lesson) – Pascale  Pouzadoux 

Pascale Pouzadoux changes register completely for her fourth directorial feature with  La Dernière Leçon which tackles head on the thorny and highly contentious issue of assisted death.  Her previous films include crowd-pleasing comedies such as Toutes les Filles sont Folles with Jean Dujardin and De L’Autre Côté du Lit with Dany Boon and Sophie Marceau as…

En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît – Christian Carion

Director Christian Carion’s last two films were based on true stories and his latest, En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît follows the same trend. The award winning Joyeux Noël recounted the extraordinary events of December 1914 when opposing soldiers on the Western Front lay down their arms to celebrate Christmas together.  L’Affaire Farewell went…

Lolo – Julie Delpy

Writer/director Julie Delpy is better known to international audiences as Celine opposite Ethan Hawke in Richard Linkater’s successful trio of films, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight.  Lolo is her sixth feature behind the camera after the award winning 2 Days in New York with American stand-up comedian Chris Rock. Here she has drafted…