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The French Film Festival (FFF)

As part  of the cultural festival by the French ministry, Festival of France, Bonjour India, a film festival of the latest French films will be organised in different cities across the country. French Cinema always makes for an interesting watch and the films on show here do seem promising.  Here are the details about the films and the schedule of their screening.

A still from the film 'In The House'.

In the House(Color/ 85 mins)
Directed by François Ozon

‘A 16-year old boy, Claude, (Ernst Umhauer) insinuates himself into the house of a fellow high-school student, Rapha (Bastien Ughetto) and writes about his family in essays that perversely blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher, Germain (Fabrice Luchini). Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain rediscovers his taste for teaching, but the boy’s intrusion sparks a series of uncontrollable events.’

It won the (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. The jury remarked: “For achieving an exquisitely crafted entertainment that blurs the distinction between the storyteller and the story told, and that assuages with playful complexity the tragedies of life with the consolations of art, the FIPRESCI award for Special Presentations goes to Francois Ozon’s In the House.”

This has to be the pick of the lot.


Populaire
(Color/111 mins)
Directed by Regis Roinsard

‘In the spring of 1958, a 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed.’

This one seems to be a colourful  and breezy period rom-com. Promises to be fun!

THR Review

 

Hand in Hand (Colour/85 mins)
Directed by Valérie Donzelli

‘When Helene Marchal and Joachim Fox meet, their lives could hardly be more different. Helene runs the prestigious ballet school of the Paris Opera. A bit of a snob, she shares her life with her old friend Constance. Joachim works for a mirror maker, far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. He loves skateboarding and lives with his sister and her husband, who manage the local gym club.

But when their paths cross by chance, a strange power suddenly works its spell on them. Without understanding how or why, they can no longer be apart. It’s physically impossible. If one leaves the room, the other follows. If one walks off in one direction, the other catches up and follows. If Helene raises her arm, Joachim reaches his out to her. And when he steps to the side, she moves with him.

From the moment they meet – and against their will – Helene and Joachim begin a lovers’ dance they are powerless to stop.’

Sounds like a stylish musical melodrama that we Indians always have had a fetish for.

 

The Dandelions(Colour/ 90 mins)
Directed by Carine Tardieu

‘Stuck between her parents, who smother her with love, and constant blunders, nine-year-old Rachel counts the minutes separating her from freedom. Until the day her path crosses that of intrepid Valérie.’

Looks fascinating from the trailer!

Camille Rewinds
‘Abandoned by her lifelong love for a younger woman on New Year’s Eve, 40-year-old struggling actress Camille awakens in a hospital bed as a 16-year-old girl again, and vows to save herself from the heartache that awaits her in the future. Camille was just a teenager when she fell in love with Eric, and had a baby. Flash forward 25 years, and the man she thought she would grow old with is walking out of her life. When Camille gets the chance to do it all over again, she decides to avoid Eric, and change her future. But before long she’s falling for Eric’s boyish charm all over again, an unexpected development that puts a serious wrinkle in her brilliant plan.’

Doesn’t sound very fresh. But the performances might impress.

Zarafa(Colour/animated/ 78 mins)
Directed by Rémi Bezançon , Jean-Christophe Lie

‘Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a little boy aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan from fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his own life – because he must fulfill his promise to Zarafa’s late mother. During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.’

The only film in the festival to which you can take your kids along. :)

SCHEDULE:

Mumbai.
We highly recommend you to watch a film at the exquisite Art Deco cinema hall, Liberty. It has stopped screening movies regularly, so such opportunities are rare.

Saturday, March 2 – Liberty Cinema

4:00 pm: Populaire by Régis Roinsard

6:30 pm: In the House (Dans la maison) by François Ozon

Sunday, March 3 – PVR Juhu

3:30 pm: Zarafa by Rémi Bezançon

5:55 pm: Hand in Hand (Main dans la main) by Valérie Donzelli

Monday, March 4 – PVR Juhu

8:00 pm: The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets) by Carine Tardieu

Tuesday, March 5 – Liberty Cinema

Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble) by Noémie Lvovsky

 

Ahmedabad 26, 27  and 28 February / Cinépolis

Tuesday 26th February
8:00 pm: Populaire
10:30 pm: In the House (Dans la maison)

Wednesday 27th February
8:00 pm: Zarafa
10:30 pm: Hand in Hand (Main dans la main)

Thursday 28th February
8:00 pm: The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets)
10:30 pm: Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)

 

Pune 5-7 March/ Citypride

Tuesday 5th March
4:00 pm: Populaire
6:30pm:  In the House (Dans la maison)

Wednesday 6th March
4:00 pm: Zarafa
6:30pm:  Hand in Hand (Main dans la main)

Thursday 7th March
4:00 pm:  The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets)
6:30pm:  Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)

 

Kolkata 8-10 March / Nandan

Friday 8th March
5:00pm: Populaire
7:30pm: In the House (Dans la maison)

Saturday 9th March
3:00pm: Zarafa
5:30pm Hand in Hand (Main dans la main)

Sunday 10th March
3:00pm: The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets)
5:30pm: Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)

 

Entry is free. Free seating. Tickets will be available 45 mins prior to each show time at the box office. One ticket per person. Persons below 18 years are not allowed (except Zarafa).
Tickets will be restricted to the capacity of the cinema hall.
All films are subtitled in English.





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