Stars line up for Cannes Film Festival 2016

  With two months still to go before the start of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, news is beginning to trickle in as to who will grace this year’s Croisette and climb the famous red-carpet outside the Grand Palais. Jodie Foster will be there accompanied by lead actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts for her…

Eperdument (Down by Love) – Pierre Godeau

For his second feature, director Pierre Godeau’s has drafted in two of the finest of a younger generation of French actors. Guillaume Gallienne of the prestigious La Comédie Française who drew rave reviews for his directorial debut Les Garcons, et Guillaume, à Table for which he also received the 2014 Best Actor César.  And Adèle Exarchopoulos who…

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…

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…

Qui Vive (Insecure) – Marianne Tardieu

After Sylvie Ohayon’s Papa was Not a Rolling Stone and Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles, French cinema once again turns to life on one of France’s much maligned, high-rise housing estates for inspiration. While Ohayon and Sciamma found fresh takes on a well-documented social stratum, Marianne Tardieu’s Qui Vive is a disappointment, lacking rythmn and…

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…

Blue is the Warmest Colour takes top prize at French Golden Globes

Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adele) won the prestigious Best Picture award at the French Golden Globes in Paris on Monday. The film also took Best Director prize for director Abdellatif Kechiche, Best Actress for Lea Seydoux and Best Female Newcomer award for Adèle Exarchopoulos. Seydoux’s Prix Lumière also covered her roles in…