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…

Le Dernier Coup de Marteau (The Last Hammer Blow) – Alix Delaporte

For her second full-length feature, Alix Delaporte has delivered a gem of a film, brimful of emotion, beautifully paced with exquisite performances from the three lead actors especially young newcomer Romain Paul.  Delaporte has a rare talent for telling a story without using melodrama to heighten the emotions. She is just as sparing with dialogue…

Timbuktu wins big at French Césars ahead of Oscar ceremony

Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised  Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best…

Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako

Monday night, the Paris-based international press presented Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu with the Prix Lumière for both best film and best director. It was a fitting reward for a film depicting the effect of a group of Islamist fundamentalists on the people of the city which deftly avoids reducing a complicated situation into a simple battle…

Sissako’s Timbuktu wins coveted Prix Lumière for Best Film

Franco-Mauritanian film Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako won the Prix Lumière for Best Film on Monday night at a ceremony dubbed the French Golden Globes. The international press based in Paris also awarded Sissako the Best Director prize. Timbuktu faced stiff competiton for best filim including Celine Sciamma’s Bande de Filles and Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello.…

20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…