Django – Etienne Comar

Based on the 2013 novel Folles De Django by Alexis Salatko, Etienne Comar’s fictional account of popular gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt’s wartime experiences in occupied France singularly fails to capture the high-octane energy of the Belgian-born Romani musician. This is a disappointing debut for Comar who is in the director’s chair for the first time.…

César awards nominate 3 female directors for first time

For the first time in the history of the César awards – the French equivalent of the Oscars – three female directors are in the running for the coveted prize for Best Director at the upcoming ceremony on 26 February. They include Emmanuelle Bercot for the Cannes festival opener La Tête Haute,  Maïwenn for Mon Roi which…

La Belle Saison (Summertime) – Catherine Corsini

For her tenth feature French director Catherine Corsini has chosen a love story set against the backdrop of the burgeoning feminist movement in France during the 1970s.  It’s a fascinating look at how far women have come over the last four decades in their fight for equality and the changes in the way society views…

En Equilibre – Denis Dercourt

In his latest film, En Equilibre, director Denis Dercourt draws on his experience as a professional musicien to explore the nature of passion. The film is a hymn to perserverance and courage with a well-aimed jab at big business.  It’s the subtle, sensitive tale of stunt rider Marc (Albert Dupontel) forced to give up his…

Casse Tête Chinois (Chinese Puzzle) – Cédric Klapisch

For audiences who enjoyed the first two episodes of Klapisch’s comic musings on the world as seen through the eyes of a group of European students  (L’Auberge Espagnol and Poupées Russes),  Casse Tête Chinois is a delightful opportunity to catch up with Xavier (Romain Duris) and his band of copains as they contemplate life as forty-somethings.…