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…

Top 10 French films of 2015

      As 2016 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2015. Here is French Cinema Review’s Top 10 French films of 2015. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel free to let me know those French films you most enjoyed in 2015. Asphalte…

Les Cowboys – Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain’s directorial debut brings to the screen an idea the successful scriptwriter has mulled over for years and which takes on new meaning after the recent tragic events in Paris.  Les Cowboys is the story of a father’s desperate search for his 16 year-old-daughter after she disappears abroad with her possibly jihadist boyfriend.  Questions…

Les Cowboys wins Michel d’Ornano prize at Deauville American Film Festival

  Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival, has won the Michel d’Ornano prize at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival. Les Cowboys, starring François Damiens and John C Reilly, is Bidegain’s first time behind the camera. He is better known as a scriptwriter most notably with director Jacques Audiard on a…

La Résistance de l’Air – Fred Grivois

For his debut feature Fred Grivois has called on the talent of successful French scriptwriters Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. The duo were responsible for Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan which took the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Bidegain also wrote Audiard’s award winning Un Prophète and De Rouille et d’Os and has recently…