This year’s Festival presents four films which look at the lives of French historical figures, celebrating their work, life and legacy.
1. The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)
The festival opens with a high profile biopic The Odyssey bringing to the screen the life of the legendary French underwater explorer Cousteau.
Unlike in other years, this year the opening night of the Festival has a second film Chocolat celebrating the legacy of ‘the first black performer to become a major popular hit in France and a key figure in its awakening as a multicultural nation’ (The New Yok Times)
3. Cézanne and I
This sumptuous 19th century period drama tells the story of a decade-long friendship and eventual fallout between painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola, with director Danièle Thomson meticulously recreating the world these two titans lived in.
4. Les Saveurs du Palais
A true story of Hortense Laborie’s appointment as President François Mitterrand’s head chef at the Elysée Palace. It’s a huge honour and great opportunity for the well-respected chef, but jealousy and traps await around every corner of power corridors…
Excellent Festival à tous!