Alain Resnais and Jean-Pierre Melville among the highlights of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014
- Colin Robertson
- 10 April 2014
The UK-wide French film festival will also feature new films by Albert Dupontel and agnes b.
French film continues to celebrated as one of the most diverse, entertaining and engaging forms of cinema this month with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UK-based French film festival that takes place from Wed 23–Wed 30 Apr throughout the UK.
Among the highlights of the festival is a special screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s newest film, The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet, which will also feature a Q&A with the director himself. The film, which stars Helena Bonham Carter, is the story of a prodigious 12-year-old boy who leaves his family’s ranch home in Montana and travels across America to receive an award he unexpectedly received from the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Other highlights include 9 Month Stretch, Albert Dupontel’s black comedy about a moralistic judge who finds she’s pregnant by a slow-witted criminal who is wanted for murder; and My Name is Hmmm..., the first foray into film direction from French fashion designer agnes b., about an 11-year-old French girl from a broken home who find an unlikely surrogate dad in a Scottish truck driver (played by Douglas Gordon).
And there’s something for the family with a preview screening of 2013’s Belle et Sébastien, the touching story about a friendship between a lonely boy and a wild dog after their peaceful life in the French Alps is disrupted by German soldiers during WWII.
The festival also celebrates the life of the late Alain Resnais, with a screening of his final film, Life of Riley, a character study of life in the suburbs featuring an all-star ensemble cast. There will also be a special screening of Hiroshima Mon Amour, Resnais’s seminal 1959 drama which was a cornerstone to the French New Wave movement, and a pivotal film in French and world cinema history.