FROM 27 AUGUST 2020

 

Award-winning French films from MUBI 

We’ve teamed up with MUBI again this month to bring you another selection of French films that you can watch from home.

Included in the line-up is François Ozon’s 2003 feature Swimming Pool. We screened his 2019 title By the Grace of God at last year’s Festival. We hope you enjoy the films.


Swimming Pool

 

Swimming Pool

Dir François Ozon

Available until 13 September

A British author seeks inspiration and solitude at her publisher’s holiday home in the South of France. Her quietude is soon disrupted by the reckless, erotic lifestyle of his daughter. Their tumultuous interactions set off a series of disturbing events.

TRAILER

Cannes Film Festival(2003)
Nominated for Palme d’Or

Berlin International Film Festival (2019)
Honorary Golden Bear  (Charlotte Rampling)

Dir François Ozon | Cast Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance | 2003 | France, United Kingdom | 103 mins | English and French with English subtitles.


Isadora’s Children

 

Les enfants d’Isadora

Dir Damien Manivel

Available from 2 September

Following the death of her two children in April 1913, the legendary dancer, Isadora Duncan, created a solo entitled “Mother” in which, in a moment of extreme tenderness, a mother cradles her child one last time before letting him go. A century later, four women encounter the heartrending dance.

TRAILER

Locarno International Film Festival (2019)
Winner: Best Director

International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020)

Dir Damien Manivel | Cast Agathe Bonitzer, Manon Carpentier, Julien Dieudonné | 2019 | France, South Korea | 84 mins | French with English subtitles.


Baxter, Vera Baxter

 

Baxter, Vera Baxter

Dir Marguerite Duras

Available from 3 September

In a modern, empty villa, Vera Baxter sits and contemplates her life, as she recounts it to a woman who was drawn to the villa when she heard the name Vera Baxter pronounced. Vera tells her about her rich, cheating husband, who, tired of his wife’s fidelity, paid a man to be her lover.

TRAILER

International Film Festival Rotterdam (1978)

Dir Marguerite Duras | Cast Delphine Seyrig, Noëlle Châtelet, Nathalie Nell | 1977 | France | 91 mins | French with English subtitles.


Home

 

Home

Dir Ursula Meier

Available from 11 September

A family’s peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened right next to their isolated property. As the sounds and fumes of the modern world begin to fill their home, each member of the family finds themselves pushed to dangerous extremes.

TRAILER

 

Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2008)
2 wins including: Best Actress  (Isabelle Huppert)
 (International Competition)

Cannes Film Festival (2008)

Watch out for Isabelle Huppert as La Daronne in this year’s French Film Festival UK.

Dir Ursula Meier | Cast  Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adélaïde Leroux  | 2008 | Switzerland, France | 94 mins | French with English subtitles.


India Song

India Song

Dir Marguerite Duras

Available from 16 September

The wife of a disgraced French diplomat suffers from “leprosy of the soul,” another term for ennui. Through a mélange of off-screen gossip, we learn of Anne-Marie’s scandalous conduct in 1930s India and her eventual fate, engendered by boredom, colonial guilt, and a string of meaningless affairs.

TRAILER

 

Cannes Film Festival (1975 & 2006)

Locarno International Film Festival (1975 & 2020)

Dir Marguerite Duras | Cast Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière | 1975 | France | 120 mins | French with English subtitles.


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