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Cannes 2014 Poster unveiled

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off
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Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier have based the poster design for the 67thFestival de Cannes on a photogram taken fromFederico Fellini’s 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963. In Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini, we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures. “The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right

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RESNAIS THE ROCK OF AGES

March 3rd, 2014 Comments Off
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New Wave icon dies, writes RICHARD MOWE The veteran New Wave director Alain Resnais whose career spanned more than 50 titles, died in Paris on Saturday evening (2March 2014) at the age of 91, surrounded by his family, friends and his muse and partner, the actress Sabine Azema, (writes Richard Mowe).   His latest film, Life of Riley / Aimer boire et chanter adapted in the vein of Smoking / No Smoking from a play by English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, premiered at last month’s Berlin Film

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William the Conqueror!

March 1st, 2014 Comments Off
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Theatre actor Guillaume Gallienne snatches France’s top film awards writes RICHARD MOWE An actor from the theatrical tradition of the Comedie Francaise scooped the top awards in film at the Césars, France’s answer to the Oscars.   Guillaume Gallienne’s Me Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Guillaume, à table) which had ten nominations, was rewarded with five of the top prizes including best film, best debut feature,best actor and best adapted screenplay.   The  autobiographical tale which explored the awkward upbringing

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Guillaume brings César to the table !

January 31st, 2014 Comments Off
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French “Oscar” nominees announced writes Richard Mowe. Several titles from last November’s French Film Festival UK figure in the nominations for the French Oscars announced earlier today (31 January), notably ten nods for My Myself and Mum (Les garçons et Gullaume à table) in which actor Guillaume Gallienne with great dexterity played himself and his mother in a crowd-pleasing comedy that proved a surprise hit at the box office and received critical acclaim. It was cited in the best film category

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Goodbye but not au revoir !

December 4th, 2013 Comments Off
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The 21st edition of the French Film Festival UK finishes at Belmont Picturehouse, Aberdeen, on Saturday 7 December (in association with Total) with a screening of Fanny, the second part of Daniel Auteuil’s Pagnol trilogy. Partnered by Marius the two films were among the most successful titles in the Festival – and now will go on release in the UK during December and January through Pathé. Look out for them at a cinema near you. And if you are in

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We’re on our way to 2014

December 3rd, 2013 Comments Off
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Edinburgh’s Dominion saw the last of this year’s 2013 French Film Festival  offering in Edinburgh. Catherine Deneuve starred in ON MY WAY, a sensitive, often funny, portrait of a sixty-something mother on a trip of a lifetime. The festival continues until 7 December in Aberdeen.   The 21st FFF is also on its way to its 22nd Edition.   Join us again from  6 – 30 November 2014.   – The Festival Team

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Soprano superstar

November 28th, 2013 Comments Off
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Besides being able to see the electrifying Natalie Dessay in the behind-the-scenes documentary Becoming Traviata as part of Frenchfest (Edinburgh Dominion, Fri 29 Nov 16.15 and 18.30) catch her live on tour with Michel Legrand next year: 4 May 2014 – London Palladium / 5 May 2014 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall   Tickets on sale Fri 29 Nov @ 10am. Gigsandtours.com // 0844 811 0051. In the film Dessay plays the beguiling Violetta in a production by Jean-François Sivadier

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A TOTAL TRIUMPH

November 23rd, 2013 Comments Off
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The launch of the French Film Festival in Aberdeen (21 November) at the Belmont Picturehouse Cinema proved a Total triumph.  Festival partner Total E&P UK Ltd hosted a champagne reception for more than 130 guests at which they unveiled a giant birthday cake to mark the Festival’s 21 Years. Philippe Guys, Total managing director, applauded the Festival’s continued presence in Aberdeen and noted with satisfaction that more than 400 pupils from local schools also had attended screenings earlier that day.

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Talents of Tomorrow

November 20th, 2013 Comments Off
Nicolas Guiot, director of The Lobster's Cry, his debut César award-winning short joined the other film-makers for the session at Glasgow Film Theatre yesterday afternoon (19 November) with another programme at Filmhouse Edinburgh tonight (20 November) at 20.25

Bring in the new … Short film makers in Glasgow and Edinburgh face their public.   All images by Bartek Lech

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THE PRESTONFIELD EXPERIENCE

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off
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In the lap of luxury: guests Gregory Monro and Catherine Benazeth relax at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh before travelling to Glasgow to present the West of Scotland premiere of their documentary Louis de Funès Forever (18 November). Later in the evening they met short-filmmakers Wilfried Méance, Anne-Christine Caro and Nicolas Guiot over a lavish dinner in one of the hotel’s sumptuous private dining rooms. Monro’s next feature film project delves in to American history with a focus on Calamity Jane. Photo

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