Le Prix du Succès (The Price of Success) – Teddy Lussi-Modeste 

Who would have thought the world of stand-up comedy in France is such a cut-throat business? But Lussi-Modeste’s second full-length feature portrays a milieu where making people laugh is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Tahar Rahim is a successful stand-up comedian whose career is on the rise.  His brother and manager Mourad (Roschdy Zem…

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…

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…

Top 10 female French directors to watch

With three female French directors in competition for the first time ever for the prestigious Best Director prize at the upcoming César film awards in France, it’s interesting to note Maiwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot and Deniz Gamze Ergüven are not the only woman producing quality films in what is usually a male-dominated industry. Here are ten…

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…

5 French films to watch out for this autumn

  Marguerite – Xavier Giannoli. In competition at the Venice Film Festival, Marguerite marks the return to the big screen of the remarkable Catherine Frot (La Tourneuse de Pages, Le DÎner de Cons) after a three year absence. She plays Marguerite, a tone-deaf socialite who dreams of fame as an opera singer. Set in the…

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…

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…

Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhall join Cannes film festival 2015 jury

Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall and France’s Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro are among those judging the films at this year’s Cannes film festival set to open in May. Other members of the jury, which is being presided over by the Coen brothers, are Canadian director Xavier…