FFF : Spotlights on French Contemporary Cinema

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Mumbai, 28th January 2013: The Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française Indian network and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), host the second edition of the festival Bonjour India from January to March 2013.

A total of fifteen cities will play host to 150 outstanding cultural events. These will encompass all dimensions of cultural exchanges between India and France: art, literature, cinema, education, sports, fashion, photography and the performing arts. The French Film Festival (FFF), part of Bonjour India 2013, will tour seven cities offering some of the finest contemporary French films. The FFF meets a demand by cinema-goers for productions other than those offered in mainstream cinema complexes. The festival seeks to establish an exhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema inIndia, helping Indian distributors to promote French films and celebrate the growing Indo-French ties.

Six very recent French films will be showcased during this festival, ranging from animation to thriller to popular movies such as: “Populaire” by Régis Roinsard, “In the House” by François Ozon, “Zarafa” by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, “Hand in Hand” by Valérie Donzelli, “The Dandelions” by Carine Tardieu and “Camille Rewinds” by Noémie Lvovsky.

H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India says “The excellent programme of films lined up for the French film festival during BonjourIndiais set to mesmerize the Indian audience. Aimed at showcasing the incredible diversity of French cinema, we believe it will provide exciting emotions and develop relationships with our two countries in the field of cinema.


Populaire – OPENING FILM

Director: Régis Roinsard
Cast: Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier, Nicolas Bedos, Miou-Miou
Populaire, the impressive debut feature from writer-director Regis Roinsard is boosted by terrific lead turns from Romain Duris and Deborah Francois (The Page Turner), as well as some stunning old-school cinematography from Michel Hazanavicius (director The Artist) regular Guillaume Schiffman. Populaire was part of the competition at the Rome Film Festival.
Populaire is presented by Tanweer Group and distributed inIndiaby Top Entertainment.


In the house

In the House (Dans la maison) 

Director: François Ozon
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet, Bastien Ughetto, Jean-François Balmer, Yolande Moreau
Francois Ozon delivers a psychologically intriguing drama about a jaded high school teacher caught up in his student’s twisted semi-fiction. In the House won the best film award at the London Film Festival and the International Critics’ Award at the Toronto Film Festival.



Director: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie
Animation film (open to children)
A visually splendid and emotionally satisfying animated adventure for all ages, Zarafa boasts all the ingredients for international success, starting with a terrific fact-inspired story, simply yet beautifully told.

Hand in hand

Hand in Hand (Main dans la main)

Director: Valérie Donzelli
Cast: Valérie Lemercier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Béatrice de Staël, Valérie Donzelli, Sébastien Noiré, Serge Bozon, Philippe Laudenbach, Lyn Thibault
Valérie Donzelli offers up a lively though ultimately uneven musical dramedy with her third feature, Hand in Hand. Jérémie Elkaïm won the best actor for this film at the Rome Film Festival. Valérie’s previous film, Declaration of war was very well acclaimed.


The Dandelions

The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets)

Director: Carine Tardieu
Cast: Agnès Jaoui, Denis Podalydès, Isabelle Carré, Isabella Rossellini, Judith Magre, Elsa Lepoivre, Juliette Gombert
Between 2001 and 2003, Carine Tardieu wrote and directed two short films, and was awarded in numerous festivals. In 2007, she directed The Dandelions, her first feature film, written with Michel Leclerc and starring Karin Viard and Kad Merad. This film was part of the Busan International Film festival.


Camille rewinds

Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)
Director: Noémie Lvovsky
Cast:Noémie Lvovsky,IndiaHair, Julia Faure, Michel Vuillermoz, Samir Guesmi, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Judith Chemla, Yolande Moreau
Noémie Lvovsky directs, co-writes and stars as Camille, a 40-year-old Parisian drowning in alcoholic anguish after splitting up from her former childhood sweetheart Eric (Samir Guesmi) after 25 happy years together. The film was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the SCAD prize. It also won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.


Article écrit par Déborah Benattar, attachée audiovisuelle de l’Institut Français en Inde

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