French Collection
Festival in Media
2016-11-26

The 17th Tbilisi International Film Festival one of the traditional section ‘’French Collection’’, which is supported by the The French Institute of Georgia.

This section includes 5 new films from France:

French director Sacha Wolff’s rugby thriller ‘’Mercenary’’, which was premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight sidebar tells about A young rugby player from New Caledonia who defies his father and leaves to play in France.

In Olivier Assayas’ new drama "Personal Shopper," Kristen Stewart stars as Maureen, a young American woman living in Paris who professionally runs errands for media celebrities. Her twin brother recently died in Paris from a debilitating heart problem that Maureen shares; they made an oath that whomever died first would send the other a sign from beyond the grave. On her off time, Maureen searches for signs from her brother and soon discovers some eerie encounters in her life. A study of grief and urban alienation, Assayas’ "Personal Shopper" received some boos at its Cannes premiere, but has nevertheless mostly received positive critical acclaim. "Personal Shopper" also stars Lars Eidinger ("Everyone Else"), Sigrid Bouaziz ("Pour la France"), Anders Danielsen Lie ("Oslo, 31 August"), and more.

Things to come directed by Mia Hansen-Løve is a really good film: stylish, elegant, measured, held together with a thread of exquisitely reticent sadness. The movie’s composure, like that of its lead character, is challenged but not damaged by the terrible shocks. t’s a summer of revolution for Nathalie. The high school philosophy teacher has just found out her husband of 25 years is leaving her. In a few weeks her mother will be dead. Then she’ll know freedom for the first time. Suddenly, in her 60s, she’ll be alone and unmoored, with no more excuses for not putting the theories she’s been teaching for years into practice. The way is wide open, but the journey seems terrifying. Mia Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear for the best director at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Apnée by Jean-Christophe Meurisse is a story about Céline, Thomas and Maxence. They always go by three. Just like the republican motto. They want to get married, to get a house, work, good children and eat oysters every day. Rebellious and ill adapted to the furious economical and administrative reality, they ride their burning quad bikes and travel across an afflicted France, looking for new landmarks, deserts strewn with bipeds and moments of ephemeral bliss.

Last Days of Louis XIV by Albert Serra, here the story gets under way when Louis XIV gets an agonising pain in his leg upon his return from a hunt. A fortnight later, he is bedridden in Versailles. This is the start of the long, drawn-out death throes of France’s greatest king, who must also organise his successor as he is surrounded by his faithful followers: his doctor, his favourite Marquise of Maintenon, his surgeon and his top manservant.The film was Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Special Screenings), May 19, 2016.

 

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