Friday, November 26, 2010

The Final Weekend of the IFI French Film Festival

We're about to head into the final weekend of the IFI French Film Festival and after record audiences this year, we're expecting to go out with bang!

Tonight we welcome our next Festival guest, Michel Leclerc, director of The Names of Love (Le Nom des gens) who will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q&A. The film is now fully sold out.

The Silent World

Another Festival guest in over the weekend is Éamon de Buitleár who will introduce both films in our focus on Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Digitally restored prints offer us a welcome opportunity to rediscover the work of the ethusiastic explorer, researcher, author and filmmaker (winner of three Oscars and the Palme d'Or) as we present two of Cousteau's films: The Silent World (Le Monde du silence) and The World Without Sun (Le Monde sans soleil) on Saturday and Sunday at 13.00 and 13.30 respectively. Éamon de Buitleár  will introduce both screenings. Éamon is an independent filmmaker, author and has been involved in natural history and wildlife programmes for many years.

Other highlights over the Closing Weekend include your second chance to catch Copacabana (after the first screening sold out) starring Isabelle Huppert and her real-life daughter Lolita Chammah in a very enjoyable comedy (Saturday 27th, 21.00). The legendary Jean-Luc Godard is saying that Socialism / Film Socialisme (Saturday 27th, 17.00) is his last film (we're not sure we believe him!) but come along just in case!

Babies (Bebes) follows four newborns in Japan, Mongolia, Namibia and the US over the course of their first year and was a surprise hit in the States when it went on release. It's beautifully shot and often hilarious, and a perfect Sunday evening film (Nov 28th, 18.30).


If you enjoyed Metropolis back in September, you now have another chance to see it's star (Brigitte Helm) in action in Marcel L'Herbier's classic 1928 film Money (L'Argent), a visually spectacular film based on Emile Zola's 1891 novel about the allure and destructive power of money. A fitting film to watch after all the deliberations about our Four Year Plan!

We hope you enjoy the last few days of the Festival.

Ross Keane
Head of Marketing & Communications

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