6 Films from French Collection
Festival in Media
2017-11-22

The section "French Collection" presents the films and directors which don't actually need a special presentation. The lovers of European cinema know each one's peculiar pattern, impressive visual narration and French humor.

"120 BMP" (France, 2017)

The beginning of the 1990s. Alost 10 years after the AIDS has claimed thousands of lives, the Act Up-Paris activist rise up against general indifference with doubled intensity. With different, boisterous, almost theatrical activities, they try to direct the society's and the government's attention to the AIDS. Members of the activists are homosexuals and the story of one of the couples is in the foreground.

The film made as a documentary is a "drama of politics, passion and loss" according to The Hollywood Reporter. Besides to the grand prix, it got two other awards at Cannes - FIPRESCI (the association of film critics) prize and Queer Palm (the prize of independent jury for selected LGBT-relevant films) prize. At FIPRESCI awards, film critics described Campillo's film as: "A film about love. A film about life. Life stronger than death. A film as a glimpse of hope."

Robin Campillo was born in 1962, in Morocco. In 1983 he was studying in IDHEC (now La Fémis), where he met Laurent Cantet, with whom he's been collaborating since 1990s, as a film editor and a co-screenwriter of the films such as „Time Out, „The Class" etc. In 2013, Robin Campillo delivered a masterclass for our audience and talked about the main principles of film editing and his own experience.

"Ismael's Ghosts" (France, 2017)

The film tells the tale of a widowed film director who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia, he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta, who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away.

Arnaud Desplechin was born on October 31, 1960, in Roubaix, Nord, France. He is a director and writer, known for „A Christmas Tale" (2008), „Kings & Queen" (2004) and „My Golden Days" (2015).

"The Double Lover" (France, Belgium, 2017)

Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity.

François Ozon is a French film director and screenwriter whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. He has achieved international acclaim for his films 8 femmes (2002) and Swimming Pool (2003). Ozon is considered to be one of the most important French film directors in the new "New Wave" in French cinema.

„Redoubtable"(Italy, France, Myanmar, 2017)

Paris 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the most renowned filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. Happy, in love, magnetic, they marry. But the film's reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May ‘68 will amplify this process, and the crisis that shakes Jean-Luc will change him profoundly, from star director to Maoist artist outsider.

Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. Hazanavicius came to the attention of international audiences with the release of an almost wordless film, "The Artist" (2011), which starred his wife, Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin. The film was a critical and popular hit, garnering many major nominations and awards.


"Let the Sun Shine In"( France, 2017)

Let the Sunshine In is a 2017 French film directed by Claire Denis. The film is an adaptation of Roland Barthes's 1977 text A Lover's Discourse: Fragments. Novelist Christine Angot has been reported as Denis's co-writer on the project. Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love at last.

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for "Beau Travail" (1999), "White Material" (2009) and "35 Shots of Rum" (2008).

"The Midwife"(France, Belgium, 2017)

Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Béatrice, her late father's free-spirited mistress. Though polar opposites, the two women come to rely on each other after Béatrice reveals that she has brain cancer.

Martin Provost (born 13 May 1957) is a French film director, writer and actor. He wrote and directed films such as "Séraphine" and "Le Ventre de Juliette". His 2013 film "Violette" was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

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