Isabelle Huppert up for Best Actress Oscar and César awards

After taking the Golden Globe for Best Actress on January 8 for her magnificent performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Isabelle Huppert is now in the running for a much coveted Oscar award as well as a César, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. Huppert faces tough Oscar competition from some of Hollywood’s most respected…

Cannes Film Festival – Ma Loute (Slack Bay) – Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont’s Ma Loute, in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is an irritating mix of slap-stick comedy, outrageous overacting and surreal imagery underpinned with a dash of social realism. Described as one of France’s most important contemporary film makers, Dumont’s art-house, radical style is certainly not to everyone’s taste. Ma Loute bombards the…

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…

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…

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…

Un Début Prometteur – Emma Luchini

Un Début Prometteur, Emma Luchini’s second full-length feature is a family affair.  Based on the novel by her partner author Nicolas Rey and with father Fabrice in one of the lead roles, this tragi-comedy has top class credentials yet struggles to get into its stride.  Casting comic actor and stand-up comedian Manu Payet against type as the alcoholic,…

Gemma Bovery – Anne Fontaine

Fabrice Luchini (The Women on the 6th Floor, In the House) is one of France’s most versatile actors working in both film and theatre and moving from comedy to the Classics with consummate ease. His performance as Martin Joubert in director Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery is one of the highlights of this rather pedestrian adaptation…