La Fille de Brest – Emmanuelle Bercot 

In her continuing crusade against social injustice, director Emmanuelle Bercot takes on the pharmaceutical industry in La Fille de Brest, the true story of one female doctor’s fight to withdraw a harmful drug from the French market. The Mediator scandal grabbed headlines in France almost ten years ago and La Fille de Brest bravely attempts…

Arnaud Desplechin wins Best Director César

Arnaud Desplechin beat stiff competition from Emmanuelle Bercot, Maiwenn, Deniz Gamze Erguven, Xavier Giannoli and Jacques Audiard to take home the Best Director César for Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse. Deniz Gamze Erguven did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. She won the César for Best First Film and Best Editing as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best…

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang wins Prix Lumières for Best Film

Nominated for several awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the César for Best Director and Best Film, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang already has the Prix Lumières for Best Film under her belt. The Lumières awards which took place on 8th February are chosen by foreign press correspondants based in France and are considered…

Les Innocentes (Agnus Dei) – Anne Fontaine

  Given a warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered in January, Anne Fontaine’s Les Innocentes is intelligent, nuanced filmaking at its best. The rape of Polish nuns in a Benedictine convent by Russian soldiers during the winter of 1945 raises a multitude of questions and contradictions skillfully handled by Fontaine in…

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…

Mon Roi – Maïwenn

Emmanuelle Bercot had a cracking year at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  First off she directed the opening film La Tȇte Haute to generally positive reviews. She then switched hats to take a leading in role in Maïwenn’s Mon Roi opposite the ever-watchable Vincent Cassel for which she took home the Best Actress prize.  Expectations…

Une Mère – Christine Carrière

Christine Carrière’s Une Mère is a heavy-handed, depressing film which raises the question of the durability of maternal love when pushed to the limit.  This tale of a 16-year-old deliquant youth, set on a path of self-destruction, bears unfavourable comparison to Emmanuelle’s Bercot’s La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival to…

On voulait Tout Casser – Philippe Guillard

Not even actors of the calibre of Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling can breathe life into this lightweight, uninspiring comedy which is following a current trend in French cinema for celebrating longstanding male friendships – Les Coeurs des Hommes, Entre Amis, Nos Femmes. The twist here is one of this band of childhood friends has been…

Cannes 2015: Bumper year for French films at Cannes

The French film industry has given itself an enormous pat on the back after three of the four films in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or walked away with prizes from Sunday night’s awards ceremony in Cannes. Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan about Sri Lankan refugees in Paris took the top prize in a move that surprised…