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Sixteen French films make over one million admissions in 2012

December 28th, 2012 Comments Off
Asterix au Service de sa Majesté

Several of the year’s big box office hitters in France featured in the selection of the 20th anniversary edition of the French Film Festival UK, according to figures just released. Figuring strongly in the top 10 are Laurent Tirard’s FFF UK gala opener Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (3.7 millions) in eighth place, and Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s comedy hit What’s in a Name / Le Prénom in tenth place. With 5.29 million admissions, Alain Chabat’s


Bravo for a winning selection

December 21st, 2012 Comments Off
This was 2012

Several titles that featured in this year’s 20th anniversary selection of the French Film Festival UK figure prominently in the nominations just announced for the Lumière Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes and bestowed by the international media based in Paris. One of the front runners in several categories is the time jump comedy Camille Rewinds which is nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and best actress for Noémie Lvovsky, also ts director and co-writer. Guillaume Canet receives a best actor


Civic Honours with a smile

November 30th, 2012 Comments Off
Edinburgh Lord Provost Reception

Civic honours with a smile … award-winning director and Patron of the French Film Festival UK Sylvain Chomet accompanied by Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison at a reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the Festival at Edinburgh City Chambers hosted by Lord Provost Donald Wilson Photo: Lee Howell City Chambers quartet – (from left) Sylvain Chomet, Sally Chomet, Richard Mowe and Franco-Scottish Society member Rosemary Johnstone (Below)Lord Provost Donald Wilson and FFF UK director Richard Mowe (Photos by Lee Howell and


Sylvain Chomet gets Honorary Degree

November 28th, 2012 Comments Off
Sylvain CHomet is bestowed the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from Sir Tim O'Shea, Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University

The award-winning filmmaker, Sylvain Chomet who lovingly put Scotland and Edinburgh on screen in the animated hit The Illusionist after a five-year sojourn in the city, is in Edinburgh this week to receive an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. Chomet who has settled back in his native France and is working on a new live action feature, will have the doctorate bestowed by Sir Timothy O’Shea, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at a ceremony in the McEwan Hall on 28


A very fine vintage …

November 27th, 2012 Comments Off
Ilona Morison and Michael Romer

A very fine vintage … Michael Romer from wine merchants Peter Green & Co (pictured with Ilona Morison, FFF UK deputy director) gave insights in to the produce of the St Emilion area which features in the film You Will Be My Son / Tu seras mon fils which screened to a sold-out attendance at the Dominion Cinema, part of the French Film Festival UK’s 20th anniversary edition. The audience were able to sample the wine which put them in the mood for the unexpected



November 27th, 2012 Comments Off

A Trip to the Moon … A Trip to Bo’ness: Eric Lange, one of the creative team at Lobster Films behind the restoration of George Meliés’s pioneering 1902 space epic presented the film and a documentary about its restoration in the restored Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness. The event was part of the cinema’s centenary celebrations. In Lee Howell’s stunning photograph Meliés’s moon has been superimposed on the celestial ceiling of the Hippodrome. Lange attended packed screenings in Dundee, Bo’ness and


The Magic of Meliès

November 26th, 2012 No Comments
Eric Lange

The magic of Meliés Eric Lange from Lobster Films explains the finer points of the restoration of A Trip to the Moon to an attentive member of the audience at the screening at DCA Dundee. The pioneering special effects film is accompanied by a documentary The Extraordinary Journey in which Lange appears alongside such film-makers as Costa Gavras, Michel Hazanavicius and Michel Gondry.


Hands up for Armed Hands

November 19th, 2012 Comments Off
Pierre Jolivet

Hands up for Armed Hands – Pierre Jolivet, director of the gangster thriller, enthralled the audience at Glasgow Film Theatre during his question and answer session after the UK premiere as part of the French Film Festival UK. Photograph by Dawn Marie Jones.



November 17th, 2012 Comments Off
Chantal Akerman at FH

She has always been a daring and vital voice in world cinema – and illness did not prevent her from engaging with audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow at the weekend. Although she had to cancel the trip in person to attend the retrospective curated by Marion Schmid of the University of Edinburgh she agreed to appear through Skype from New York. What emerged in conversation at Edinburgh Filmhouse was that this bold visionary has produced one of the most singular


Pierre Jolivet and the personal touch …

November 16th, 2012 No Comments
Pierre Jolivet

Director Pierre Jolivet loves thrillers (known as polars in France) but he was conscious with his new film that Armed Hands, set in the murky worlds of drugs and Serbian arms dealers, he had to make it different from the plethora of cop series on television. He enlisted the help of a specialist in the genre  Simon Michael who knew the territory inside out and worked with him as co-writer. Jolivet also admits that right from his first film Strictly Personal in 1995 the

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