Stars turn out for Cézanne et Moi New York premiere

by Paula Schwartz. Diane von Furstenberg hosted the New York premiere of “Cézanne et Moi,” Wednesday evening at the elegant new Whitby Hotel in midtown Manhattan. As you’d expect, the starry event was attended by A-listers in both fashion and art.  “Cézanne et Moi,” is a luscious period piece written and directed by veteran French…

Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a genre of film not often seen from French directors. In addition, this self-parodying film comes from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taut thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait…

Un Sac de Billes (A Bag of Marbles) – Christian Duguay

Christian Duguay’s Un Sac de Billes is the second time the best-selling autobiographical novel has been brought to the big screen coming over forty years after Jacques Doillon’s own adaptation of the book by Joseph Jollo.  On the positive side, Duguay’s film is beautifully shot and boasts fine performances from its two main actors aged just 17 and 12-years-old.…

Les Naufragés (Shipwrecked) – David Charhon

David Charhon’s disappointing comedy Les Naufragés is a waste of the talents of two gifted French actors – Daniel Auteuil and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. Perhaps Charhon hoped to recreate the chemistry between the two leads that was behind the success of his last film De l’Autré Côté du Périph starring the ever-watchable Omar…

Boomerang – François Favrat

Based on the novel written in English by best-selling author Tatiana de Rosnay, François Favrat’s Boomerang has a solid performance from Laurent Lafitte of the Comédie Française as Antoine, the angst-ridden, divorced father of two who is trying to solve the riddle of his mother’s accidental death when he was a young boy.  But elsewhere…

10 lesser-known Must-See French films

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are…

Cannes film festival 2015 v Oscars

Just three days to go before the stars hit the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. Jaqcues Audiard, actor/director Maïwenn, newcomer Stéphane Brizé and Valérie Donzelli are among the French directors competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or while Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall…

20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…

La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur – Cédric Anger

For his third outing as director, former Cahiers du Cinema journalist Cédric Anger has gone back to May 1978 and the true story of Alain Lamare, a gendarme, who went on an ten-month killing spree causing widespread fear among young women in the Oise region of France.  Anger’s La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur is…