The 1st Summer of French Films hits the UK.
A short season, set by UniFrance films, of the best of contemporary French films will be screened in 6 cities (Bradford, Brighton, Cambridge, Oxford, Liverpool, York) on every Monday from July 13 until Aug 3.
Thanks to Picturehouse, the audience will discover previously unseen films representing the strength and rich diversity of French production.
In 3 cities (Brighton, Cambridge, Oxford), there will be a Q&A after the film with the director, the actor or the producer (see schedule below) who will travel from France to meet the audience.
Simultaneously, in addition to this selection of 6 films, UK audiences will be able to watch six other French films online, on VIMEO ON DEMAND, from July 10 to August 10 for only £2 each (Gazelles by Mona Achache, Little Lion by Samuel Collardey, Louise Wimmer by Cyril Mennegun, Of Women and Horses by Patricia Mazuy, Pauline Detective by Marc Fitoussi and Radiostars by Romain Levy).
It’s been a while since UniFrance films has had a link with the United Kingdom which is a key country for the French cinema abroad. So, UniFrance films is thrilled to launch this first edition of SUMMER OF FRENCH FILMS IN THE UK.
The 1st SUMMER OF FRENCH FILMS hits the UK.
Do not Disturb
(Original title: Une heure de tranquillité)
When passionate jazz fan Michel finds a rare album at a flea market, he can’t wait to listen to it – at home, on his own – but the whole world seems to be ganging up to prevent him from doing so. His wife picks this moment to make an unwelcome confession, his wayward son appears out of the blue, one of his friends drops by announced, and his mother won’t stop calling… Not to mention that today is Neighbours’ Day. Nowadays, is it ever possible not to be disturbed – even for a single hour? Glib and manipulative, Michel will lie through his teeth to get what he wants: in this case, an hour of peace. Even so, it will take all his energy, cunning and powers of deception to keep his sunny morning from degenerating into a nightmare.
Director: Patrice Leconte
Written and adapted by Florian Zeller from his stage play Une heure de tranquillité
Cast: Christian Clavier, Carole Bouquet, Valérie Bonneton, Rossy de Palma…
Running Time: 79 min
York July 20 City Screen Picturehouse York
Liverpool July 20 Picturehouse at FACT
Bradford July 27 Picturehouse at National Media Museum
The Last Hammer Blow
(Original title: Le Dernier Coup de marteau)
When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his mother, for Luna whom he has fallen in love with, Victor has decided to step out of the shadows. He’ll go as far as he needs to.
Director: Alix Delaporte
Cast: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois…
Running Time: 83 min
Cambridge July 13 Arts Picturehouse Cambridge Q&A with director Alix Delaporte
Brighton July 20 Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Oxford July 27 Phoenix Picturehouse
The Price of Fame
(Original title: La Rançon de la gloire)
On the shores of Lake Geneva lies the small Swiss town of Vevey. It’s the end of the 70s. On his release from prison, Eddy – a 40-year-old Belgian small time crook – is met by his friend Osman. They have made a deal: Osman will let Eddy stay in his shed and in exchange, Eddy will take care of his 7-year-old daughter Samira while her mother is in hospital. It’s the Christmas season, but their shared, grinding poverty has made Eddy quite bitter. Then Charlie Chaplin’s death is announced on the television, as well as the true extent of his fabulous wealth. Eddy starts daydreaming… and comes up with a crazy idea: what if he stole the actor’s corpse and demanded a ransom from the family?
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Cast: Benoît Poelvoorde, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni…
Running Time: 114 min
Liverpool July 13 Picturehouse at FACT
Brighton July 13 Duke of York’s Picturehouse
York July 27 City Screen Picturehouse York
(Original title: Vie sauvage)
Philippe Fournier, aka Paco, lives with his 6 and 7 year old sons, having decided not to give them back to their mother after she won custody of the children. As children and then adolescents, Okyesa and Tsali Fournier must live their lives in the shadows, assuming different identities, hunted by the police but always free and on the move. From attics to farmhouses, caravans to communes, they live in harmony with nature and their animals. They live with constant danger and fear, but also with the solidarity and bonds formed with friends met on the road, and the joys of living life off the grid. 11 years spent on the run all across France: a journey that would define their identity.
Director: Cédric Kahn
Free adaptation of Hors système Onze ans sous l’étoile de la liberté by Okwari, Shahi’Yena and Xavier Fortin, written with
Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Céline Sallette…
Running Time: 116 min
Bradford July 16 Picturehouse at National Media Museum
Cambridge July 20 Arts Picturehouse Cambridge
Liverpool July 27 Picturehouse at FACT
(Original title: Un homme d’état)
Just a few weeks before elections, the outgoing President of the Republic, Jean-François Vanier, is at the lowest in the polls. Leader of the most powerful right wing party he is trying to find a mainstay. He decides to win to his cause Robert Bergman, a left wing politician and an iconic figure of French politics, who has retired in a small village in Gers, a region in thesouth west of France.
Director: Pierre Courrège
Screenplay by François Bégaudeau, scenarist of The Class (Palme d’or, Cannes, 2008)
Cast: Pierre Santini, Bruno Solo, Patrick Braoudé…
Running Time: 92 min
Oxford July 20 Phoenix Picturehouse Q&A with director Pierre Courrège
Cambridge July 27 Arts Picturehouse Cambridge Q&A with actor Patrick Braoudé York August 03 City Screen Picturehouse York
(Original title: L’Astragrale)
On a night of April 1957. Albertine, a brilliant and rebel 19-years-old girl, jumps from the wall of the prison where she’s serving a sentence for a holdup. In her fall, a bone from her ankle breaks: the astragal. She is rescued by Julien, a fugitive and so a burning passion is born between them. He takes her to Paris and hides her. But while he leads his gangster life here and there, the young woman struggles for her freedom and against the wounds inflicted by Julien’s absence. Out of desperation to be with him, she creates beautiful poetry.
Director: Brigitte Sy
Based on Albertine Sarrazin’s novel, L’Astragale
Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Reda Kateb, Esther Garrel…
Running Time: 97 min
Oxford July 13 Phoenix Picturehouse
Bradford July 20 Picturehouse at National Media Museum
Brighton July 27 Duke of York’s Picturehouse Q&A with producer Paulo Branco