Life and Art on the Edge
Several members of our selection team previewed the newest movies and mingled with France's top directors, actors and producers at the Festival du film francophone d'Angoulême, our partner festival. We even had a chance to sit down and talk with the brilliant actress Nathalie Baye -- stay tuned to our social media for an exclusive video interview!
- BEST FILM: Much Loved, by Nabil Ayouch- a courageous drama that draws us uncomfortably close to life for a tight-knit group of female prostitutes in Morocco, where the film has been banned. Starring Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak & Halima Karaouane. Actress Loubna Abidar also took home the Best Actress prize for her starring role.
- BEST DIRECTOR: Je ne suis pas un salaud (A Decent Man), by Emmanuel Finkiel, the story of a man whose choices lead to devastating consequences. Starring Nicolas Duvauchelle, Mélanie Thierry, Driss Ramdi. Nicolas Duvauchelle also won the award for Best Actor.
There were several out-of-competition films also discovered by our team that created a buzz, including
, a hip hop dance musical by choreographer Blanca Li, a Lycée Français de New York parent. At the advance preview of
La dernière leçon
The Last Lesson
), co-stars Sandrine Bonnaire and Marthe Villalonga received an emotional standing ovation for their unforgettable performances as a daughter and her 92-year old mother, who wants to say goodbye with dignity.
Closer to home, Greenwich resident Luc Hardy screened his FFC 2015 World Premiere
The Pursuit of Endurance (
A la Poursuite de l'Endurance) to a full house in Angoulême. Alongside Luc for the Q&A afterward were Green Cross International Executive Director Nicolas Imbert, former French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Delphine Batho, and Thierry Gortzounian, General Secretary of Groupe La Française. Endurance was also
screened earlier this month at the Avon Theater in Stamford and at the United Nations in New York.
French Cinema on the International Scene
A glimpse of French Films at the world's pre-eminent festivals
French language cinema from around the world has swept the major international festivals this year. French films were well represented at
, a festival renowned for showcasing new talent and edgy cinema.
- BEST DIRECTOR: Cosmos, by cult Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, based on the 1965 seriocomic novel by Witold Gombrowicz
- VARIETY PIAZZA GRANDE AWARD: La Belle saison, by Catherine Corsini
- BEST SWISS NEWCOMER AWARD: Les Monts s'embrassent, by Laura Morales
- BEST SHORT FILM: Le Barrage (The Big Dam), by NYU graduate Samuel Grandchamp (Switzerland/USA co-production).
French films also shine at the ongoing
Toronto International Film Festival, with 44 in the main slate, not including French co-productions. Several other films are featured from Quebec, Belgium and Senegal.
Venice Film Festival
featured 23 French films (37 including French co-productions). Five were selected for the Official Competition (that figure increases to 11 when minority co-productions are incorporated - the equivalent of more than half the films in competition) and won 6 awards:
- BEST ACTOR: Fabrice Luchini (L'Hermine) - Official Competition
- BEST SCREENPLAY: Christian Vincent (L'Hermine) - Official Competition
- SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Emin Alper (Frenzy - Abluka) - Official Competition
- EUROPE CINEMA LABEL & AUDIENCE PRICE: Leyla Bouzid (As I open My Eyes - A peine j'ouvre les yeux) - Venice Days Section
- LAGUNA SUD PRIZE FOR BEST FILM: Lolo, by Julie Delpy - Venice Days Section
- BEST ACTOR: Dominique Leborne (Tempête) - Orrizonti Section
New York Film Festiva
l: these French/Belgian/Swiss films (with English subtitles) will be featured at the NYFF September 25 to October 11:
The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché)
In the Shadow of Women (L'Ombre des femmes)
My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse)
Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)
No Home Movie (documentary)
We look forward to bringing the best French language cinema from around the world to Greenwich and New York for the 12th edition of Focus on French Cinema, which will take place April 1-5, 2016.
French Cinema Minutes Away
Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich
- Kung Fu Master (Le Petit amour) - Thu, Oct. 8 | 7:30pm
- The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle amie) - Thu, Nov. 12 | 7:30pm
- Timbuktu - Thu, Sept. 24 | 7pm | Byram Library
- A Summer's Tale - Thu, Oct. 8 | 1pm | Cos Cob Library
"Theater & Cinema"
- Venus in Fur - Tue, Sept. 22 | 4 & 7:30pm
- Who Knows? - Tue, Sept 29 | 4 & 7:30pm
September 17 - October 8 | "Breakout Roles"
Purchase College & Jacob Burns Film Center welcome
Legendary Filmmaker Marcel Ophüls for a discussion
- Choral Hall - Music Building - Thu, Sept. 24 | 8pm
At Purchase College - Free and open to the Public
Cultural Services - French Embassy
New & Classic French Films in NY Theaters