Preview of French Film Festival 2012

Preview of French Film Festival 2012

The Suicide Shop

This year's festival will feature screenings of You Will Be My Son, Renoir and The Suicide Shop

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.

French Film Festival UK

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.

Tu seras mon fils (You Will Be My Son)

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • France
  • 1h 42min
  • Directed by: Gilles Legrand
  • Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch
  • UK release: 7 December 2012

A winery owner chooses another man's son as his successor over his own flesh and blood in this story of complex father-son relationships.

Almayer's Folly

  • 2011
  • Belgium / France
  • 2h 7min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chantal Akerman
  • Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion

Akerman returns to filmmaking after a seven year gap with this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel.


  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • France
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gilles Bourdos
  • 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…

A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune)

  • 1902
  • France
  • 14min
  • U
  • Directed by: Georges Méliès
  • Cast: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon

Perhaps the first sci-fi film ever made, now lovingly restored to give a taste of the excitement it must have caused when first viewed in 1902.


  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • France
  • 1h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sophie Lellouche
  • 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.

Ernest & Celestine

  • 2012
  • France
  • 1h 20min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
  • Cast: Pauline Brunner, Anne-Marie Loop, Dominique Maurin

A bear called Ernest meets a mouse called Celestine in this animated tale inspired by Gabrielle Vincent's children's books.

The Suicide Shop (Le magasin des suicides)

  • 2012
  • France / Canada / Belgium
  • Directed by: Patrice Leconte
  • Cast: Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein

In this macabre animated musical, a town full of suicidal denizens is challenged by the birth of a boy who somehow brings a smile to everyone he meets.