Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Remaining 5 Days of the IFI French Film Festival...

After record numbers attended screenings at the IFI French Film Festival over the first 5 days, there are now just 5 more days remaining as we hit the halfway mark...

After Gerard Depardieu's new film Mammuth sold out on Saturday, tonight's screening is also now fully booked, and we just have a small number of tickets left for this Thursday's screening. Book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Other highlights over the coming days include two of Wednesday night's offerings, Copacabana and Mademoiselle Chambon. Copacabana stars real-life mother-daugher Isabelle Huppert and Lolita Chammah in Marc Fitoussi's enjoyable comedy about a conservative daughter so embarrased by her baba-cool mother that she will not invite her to her wedding, prompting Huppert to make changes to her lifestyle. Huppert attacks her part with relish, while her daughter Chammah (also starring in Memory Lane this evening, Tuesday) shows how she too is an actress of great talent. We had hoped that Lolita would be able to join us at both her film screenings, but due to circumstances beyond our control, she is no longer able to make it to Dublin on this occasion.


Mademoiselle Chambon is a beautiful film telling the tale of a family man who falls for his son's school teacher. It's a film of gesture and expression, of extreme subtlety and understated eroticism, made wholly credible by the two superb performances at its heart.

 Mademoiselle Chambon

Another highlight for the latter part of the Festival is In the Beginning (A l'origine) which was shown to great accalim at Cannes in 2009.  Starring Francois Cluzet and Emmanuelle Devos, the film is based on a true story about a small-time conman and a case of  mistaken identity, and has a timely element of social critique.

In the Beginning

For those of you who were unable to get into our sold-out Opening Film, The Names of Love (Le Nom des gens), it returns this Friday for a second and final screening at 18.30. Director Michel Leclerc will be our next Festival guest and will introduce the film and then participate in a post-screening Q&A.

And don't forget, if you want to book a table in the IFI Café Bar to avail of our special French Festival menus, you can do so by calling 01 679 8712.

We hope you enjoy the final 5 days of the Festival.

Ross Keane
Head of Marketing & Communications

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