French Film Festival UK
This year the French Film Festival UK celebrates the crème de la crème of French and Francophone cinema with its 25th Silver Jubilee edition (2 November to 10 December 2017).
Among the treasures in store for an auspicious anniversary are:
Jean-Luc Godard in focus with Michel Hazanavicius’s Cannes Film Festival hit Redoubtable. Hazanavicius (who made The Artist, The Search and OSS 117) has adapted his screenplay from a novel by Godard’s ex-wife Anne Wiazemsky dealing with the couple’s marriage at the time he was shooting La Chinoise with the actress who was 20 years his junior. Louis Garrel transforms his looks with his dark locks shaved to give an uncanny physical resemblance to the intellectual “genius.” Stacy Martin plays his muse. In collaboration with Thunderbird Releasing.
Marie Curie anniversary
With the 150th anniversary of Marie Curie’s birth on 7 November the Festival will show Marie Noëlle’s new film Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge. It covers the most turbulent years in the life of Marie Curie: between 1905, when Curie comes with her husband Pierre to Stockholm to be awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radioactivity, and 1911, when she receives her second Nobel Prize, after challenging France’s male-dominated academic establishment both as a scientist and a woman. In collaboration with Swipe Films and various events with the Marie Curie Associations in the UK.
One of France’s most acclaimed actresses Agnès Jaoui stars as the titular character Aurore in Blandine Lenoir’s second feature. Separated from her husband, she has just lost her job, and discovers that she is going to be a grandmother. Society is gently pushing her toward the exit, but when Aurore meets again the love of her youth by accident, she starts to resist. What if a whole new life could begin right now? In collaboration with Peccadillo Pictures.
The return of two classics Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources in brand new copies. Filled with unforgettable characters (both good and evil) as well as some of the most incredibly ravishing scenery imaginable, these two films are impeccably involving and moving. Directed by Claude Berri in 1986 and featuring Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart and Elisabeth Depardieu. In collaboration with Pathé and Park Circus.
The full programme will be unveiled at the beginning of September.
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The Festival takes place in more than 30 venues including: London Ciné Lumière and Regent Street Cinema, Glasgow Film Theatre, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Manchester Home, Warwick Arts Centre, Norwich Cinema City, Chichester Cinema at New Park and Newcastle Tyneside Cinema.