Friday, November 19, 2010

French Film Festival - Upcoming Events & Highlights

The IFI French Film Festival kicked off last night with a sold-out screening of The Names of Love (Le Nom des gens). If you missed it, fret not, we have another screening on Friday 26th with director Michel Leclerc in attendance.

We've barely had time to recover from last night's Gala Reception where we all got to sample our special Festival French wines, and we're onto day two of the Festival, with lots of special events and highlights over the next few days.

Tonight you really don't want to miss Making Plans for Lena (Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser) which was written specifically for critically-acclaimed French actress Chiara Mastroianni who excels as a neurotic and flawed woman, flailing after the break-up of her marriage. And for a little word of warning, there are only a few tickets left for this evening's screening of My Afternoons with Margueritte (La Tete en friche) starring Gerard Depardieu, so we'd strongly recommend you book in advance.

My Afternoons with Margueritte

Most of our weekend special events revolve around our guests. Michel Ciment, esteemed French critic, will introduce the first film in our First-Time Directors Strand, Chicks (La Vie en ranch), this evening (Friday) at 19.15. He will also be participating in a Q&A after Michel Ciment: The Art of Sharing Movies (Michel Ciment, le cinema en partage) tomorrow (Saturday) at 14.30, and will introduce Jean-Luc Godard's Moments choisis des histoire(s) du cinema at 16.00 on Saturday. Our second Festival guest arrives on Sunday. John Boorman is the subject of the documemntary John Boorman: A Portrait (Un portrait de John Boorman) and our two guests will come together as Michel Ciment and John Boorman participate in a post-screenng discussion at 18.00 on Sunday.


On Monday we will have the second of our films in our First-Time Director's Strand. Restless (La Bel age) is a coming-of-age story set at both ends of the spectrum as 17-year-old Claire struggles with choices that will determine her future, while her grandfather is tormented by the choices he has made in the past. This screening will include a complimentary wine and cheese reception courtesy of ATOUT FRANCE and everyone will also be able to paricipate in a free Breton cider tasting.

There are plenty of other screenings and events on the horizon, so check out the full programme to find out what your Festival must-sees are.

Ross Keane
Head of Marketing & Communications

No comments:

Post a Comment