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…

Les Chevaliers Blancs (White Knights) – Joachim Lafosse

Lafosse’s film is based on the true story of Zoé’s Ark, a French NGO whose members were arrested for illegally trying to fly 103 African children from Chad to France in 2007. At the time the story raised questions over whether the affair was simply humanitarian goodwill gone wrong or more worryingly a sinister cover for…

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…

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs wins director’s prize at San Sebastian Festival

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs won the director’s prize at last weekend’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb star in the story of Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, who is planning to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise…

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 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…

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…