The Oscar-nominated actors from French cinema

This Sunday marks one of the biggest dates on the global cinema calendar – The Academy Awards, or The Oscars, as they are more widely-known. The awards unite the creme-de-la-creme from international cinema, and celebrates the very best work of actors, actresses, directors and producers. This year’s nominees include Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Ryan…

Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a type of film not often seen from French directors. This self-mocking film is a wonderful example of the genre from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taught thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur…

Dalida – Lisa Azuelos

Lisa Azuelos’s film of one of France’s most popular singers skims over the surface of the life of the Egyptian/Italian artist to hone in on her disastrous relationships with men interspersed with a race through some of her most memorable hits. For a singer who sold over 80 million records worldwide, this is no mean feat.  But it’s doubtful if…

Isabelle Huppert up for Best Actress Oscar and César awards

After taking the Golden Globe for Best Actress on January 8 for her magnificent performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Isabelle Huppert is now in the running for a much coveted Oscar award as well as a César, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. Huppert faces tough Oscar competition from some of Hollywood’s most respected…

Mal de Pierres (From the land of the Moon) – Nicole Garcia

For her first film in the director’s chair since 2013’s Un Beau Dimanche, Nicole Garcia has adapted Milena Agus’ best selling novel Mal di Pietre and drafted in Academy award winning actress Marion Cotillard and the brooding Louis Garrel in the lead roles.  Beautifully filmed by Christophe Beaucarne who also worked on Coco before Chanel, Mal…

Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament) – Jaco van Dormael

Jaco van Dormael’s irreverant comedy has an storyline worthy of a superior surrealist mind.  In this new interpretation of The Bible, the Belgian director’s God is a misanthropic, angry, middle-aged man living in a shabby apartment in the Belgian capital, Brussels. It’s so crazy it just might work and yet a promising start is lost in a…

Cannes 2015: La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man) – Stéphane Brizé

Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi du Marché, one of four French films in the official competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, is social realism at its grittiest and most unforgiving.  Mostly set in one of the featureless out-of-town shopping centres much loved by French directors of late (Louis-Julien Petit’s Discount, Marianne Tardieu’s Qui Vive),  Brizé’s film takes…

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…