My French Film Festival kicks off online

For French cinema fans around the world, many of whom are regular visitors to this blog, there is now a treat in store with the start of the sixth edition of the online festival dedicated to French film.  This year’s myfrenchfilmfestival.com sees 10 feature films and 10 short films, subtitled into numerous languages, competing for…

French films to watch out for in February

Chocolat – Roschdy Zem  After supporting roles in a number of films stateside including the monster box-office hit Jurassic World and the box-office flop Burnt, Omar Sy is back on home turf in Zem’s fourth directorial stint. Chocolat is the true story of France’s first black clown, Cuba’s Rafael Padilla. He and his partner Footit were…

Five French films to see in December

  Un plus Une – Claude Lelouche. After the disappointing Salaud On t’Aime with ageing rocker Johnny Hallyday in the lead role, veteran director Lelouche goes further afield for this love story between forty-somethings Antoine (Jean Dujardin) and Anna (Elza Zylberstein). Premiered at the Festval du Film Francophone d’Angouleme, Jardin plays a famous film score…

TV5Monde offers French films from French Cinema Now mini-festival

TV5Monde Cinema on Demand is offering a feast of top French films for Francophiles and French cinema fans who missed out on Seattle International Film Festival’s French Cinema Now mini-festival. This year’s showcase has all-new Francophone cinema and a range of seasoned directors such as Cédric Kahn, Philippe Fernandez and Bruno Podalydès with some of France’s…

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs wins director’s prize at San Sebastian Festival

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs won the director’s prize at last weekend’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb star in the story of Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, who is planning to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise…

Les Cowboys wins Michel d’Ornano prize at Deauville American Film Festival

  Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival, has won the Michel d’Ornano prize at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival. Les Cowboys, starring François Damiens and John C Reilly, is Bidegain’s first time behind the camera. He is better known as a scriptwriter most notably with director Jacques Audiard on a…

5 French films to watch out for this autumn

  Marguerite – Xavier Giannoli. In competition at the Venice Film Festival, Marguerite marks the return to the big screen of the remarkable Catherine Frot (La Tourneuse de Pages, Le DÎner de Cons) after a three year absence. She plays Marguerite, a tone-deaf socialite who dreams of fame as an opera singer. Set in the…

Nabil Ayouch’s Much Loved takes top prize at Angoulême Festival

Nabil Ayouch’s film Much Loved has won the top prize at the Angoulême French Film Festival which took place over the weekend. Ayouch’s film tells the story of four women working as prostitutes in Morocco’s most popular tourist destination, Marrakesh.  It was banned by the Moroccan government after it was screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival…

Cinemas pull out of screening French skinhead film, Un Francais

Just days before its general release in France and Un Français, the film directed by Patrick Asté aka Diastème, has sparked a row over its violent content and depiction of the far-right movement in France with the director and lead actor claiming they have received threats from extremist groups.  Dubbed France’s answer to Tony Kaye’s American History X,…