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…

Antigang (The Squad) – Benjamin Rocher

Rocher’s cops ‘n robbers Antigang is a pale imitation of its more polished transatlantic cousins. There are enough extended gun fights and car chases to satisfy hardened fans of action movies, but Rocher can’t seem to decide whether or not to take his characters seriously. The beginning of the film gives some indication of his…

Un Français – Diastème

After a hate campaign on social media and a drastic reduction in the number of cinemas showing the film, audiences can now judge for themselves whether Un Français directed by Patrick Asté, aka Diastème, deserved the negative publicity. It’s easy to understand why the film was disliked by certain extremist groups with its less than…

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,…