Add some joie de vivre to your life by heading along to this year’s French Film Festival, which each year brings more Gallic cinema to the screens than you can shake a stick at. The 2012 programme includes a preview screening of You Will Be My Son, the tale of an ageing vineyard owner; The Suicide Shop, a dark animated musical; Renoir, the story of the famous painter and his son and their attraction to a young woman; delicate children’s animation Ernest and Celestine and Paris Manhattan, about Woody Allen-obsessed pharmacist Alice.
Fans of early cinema shouldn’t miss a special event dedicated to one of the very first filmmakers, Georges Méliès, where his 1902 film A Trip to the Moon will be shown alongside a new documentary about the film’s recent restoration.
And there’s also a retrospective dedicated to the uncompromising work of Chantal Akerman. This is a rare opportunity to encounter the influential artist who’ll be appearing in person for a Q&A after the screening of her latest film Almayer’s Folly, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel.
French Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh and GFT, Glasgow, until Sun 2 Dec.
The UK-wide festival dedicated to Francophone cinema, with a programme that features guest film-makers and actors in meet-the-public sessions, UK premieres, retrospectives, a learning programme for pupils and their teachers, documentaries, animation, shorts and special events.
Cast: Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers
UK release: 28 June 2013
France, 1915: impressionist painter and grieving widower Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Bouquet) is inspired by a new muse, abrasive teenager Andrée (Theret); but his wounded son, future film director Jean (Rottiers), is also drawn to her. Theret makes a powerful impression, but it's overly dependent on a lush setting and…
Cast: Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme
UK release: 5 July 2013
Lovelorn pharmacist Alice (Taglioni) is an obsessive Woody Allen fan, who seeks life advice from imaginary conversations with her hero. This frothy romcom, the debut of writer/director Lellouche, slavishly copies Allen's influences and ideas (such as the basic set-up of Play It Again, Sam) without ever emulating his wit.