Sage Femme (The Midwife) – Martin Provost

Director Martin Provost continues to focus on female relationships in his latest film Sage Femme which brings together for the first time two of France’s most seasoned actresses – Catherine Deneuve (La Tete Haute) and Catherine Frot (Marguerite). After wowing critics with Séraphine in 2008, Provosts’s Sage Femme is a disappointingly dull film which lacks a…

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…

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…

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,…

Marguerite – Xavier Giannoli

Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite is a fabulous tragi-comedy which cleverly explores the relationship between celebrity, power and money while never forgetting for an instant the thigh-slapping humour to be wrung from the story of a chronically tone-deaf singer who dreams of fame as an opera star. Giannoli’s film is based on the true story of New York heiress Florence…

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…

Kechiche, Audiard, Noé – who will make the cut at Cannes 2015

With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while…