So much to see at this year’s Cork French Film Festival…
And yet, it’s impossible to get to everything with life happening all around us…
… so we’ve asked film programmer Julien Planté to give you his Top Tips for this year’s programme and help you choose films to watch.
Here are Julien’s top five:
- Preview Screening – My Life as a Courgette (Family screening, but not only)
Despite its disarmingly uncomplicated look, this stop motion animated feature is one for older children and teens, as well as adults.
It deals with its mature themes subtly and with respect, exploring the ways we adapt to the future and make the best of our lives…
- After Love
Underpinned by a razor-sharp script, After Love is also endowed with two of the year’s finest screen performances, with Bérénice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) displaying a stunning level of dramatic range and depth.
- Parisienne – Premiere screening presented by actress Manal Issa
In this semi-autobiographical drama from France-based Lebanese director Danielle Arbid, newcomer Manal Issa gives a mesmerizing, intense and multifaceted performance for what’s ultimately a coming-of-age story, while French acting veteran Dominique Blanc is wonderful in his supporting role as a professor who has a way with words.
We are pleased to welcome actress Manal Issa, star of Parisienne, on International Women’s Day. Originally from Lebanon, Manal Issa never planned on becoming an actress – she actually wanted to be an engineer. Her role in Parisienne has established her as a rising star in France.
- Frantz – Preview Screening
The ever-prolific François Ozon makes a welcome return with this richly-evocative period piece, set in the aftermath of World War I.
No two Ozon films are ever the same and this sweeping love story is a typically atypical work from the wonderfully unpredictable filmmaker. Shot predominantly in gorgeous black and white it is a surprising contrast to the vibrant colours Ozon usually employs.
But if Frantz marks a stylistic departure, fans can rest assured that the director’s signature touches (mischievous narrative twists, an affection for classical melodrama and playful sexual ambiguity) are all present and correct. The result is unmistakably, quintessentially Ozon.
- HUMAN – Lord Mayor’s screening
Presented by director Yann Arthus-Bertrand
“I am one man among seven billion others. For the past 40 years, I have been photographing our planet and its human diversity, and I have the feeling that humanity is not making any progress. We can’t always manage to live together.
Why is that? I didn’t look for an answer in statistics or analysis, but in man himself.”
The Director will introduce the screening, followed by a Q&A.
The Director will present a Masterclass on Mon 6th 4pm in UCC
Catch the full 28th Cork French Film Festival Programme HERE
Excellent Festival à tous!