Undoubtedly the biggest and strongest line up for a while, this year’s FFF UK selection is a feast of ancient and modern for Francophiles and cineastes alike. New film highlights include Anne Coco Before Chanel Fontaine’s comedy thriller The Girl from Monaco, Jacques Audiard’s outstanding prison drama A Prophet, Christophe Honore’s lovely and thought provoking displacement of Madame de La Fayette’s novel La Princesse de Cleves to a modern day school The Beautiful Person. On top of this there are good retrospectives of Jacques Tati and the great Jean Eustache, many of who’s films from the 1960s and 70s are totally unavailable on DVD. With accompanying shorts and loads of Q&As this is one festival where a season ticket has to be a mandatory consideration.
A rural French postie sees a film about the efficiency of the American mail service and decides to smarten up his act. This debut feature by Tati, effortlessly builds visual set-pieces and establishes the amiable duffer of a central role that was later to become the unforgettable M Hulot.
Written by: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
Naïve youth Malik (Rahim) enters prison with a view to keeping his head down, but murderous circumstance see him aligned to the Corsican mafia who run the prison. As prison population demographics begin to shift, the cunning Malik uses all his resources to elevate his financial and hierarchical status. Plotted and…
An old-fashioned musical about a single mother struggling to raise her son on an isolated farm. Having never known his father, the young lad imagines him to be an astronaut and watches the sky longingly anticipating his return.
Mocking President Sarkozy's pompous home-town of Neuilly-sur-Seine, this coming-of-age comedy centres upon a rebellious 14-year-old who is sent to the swanky Parisian suburb to live with his aunt and uncle.
Cast: Guillaume Depardieu, Max Baissette de Malglaive, Judith Chemla
Homeless single mother Nina (Chemla) leaves her son in the care of hermit Damien (Depardieu), who lives in an isolated shack in the forests of Versailles. Although Damien is devoted to little Enzo (Baissette de Malglaive), as a former criminal, he's not sure that he is cut out to be his guardian.
When fifty-something Muriel's (Ascaride) son is taken hostage by an unseen kidnapper, she is forced to face her shady past - part of a criminal gang decades before, which the now vulnerable Muriel must now regroup as a member.