The Battle of the Rails / La bataille du rail (12)

railRené Clément tells of the courageous efforts by French railway workers to sabotage German troop transport trains. Divided loyalties, vigilante patriotism and sedition are all themes as relevant today as in the aftermath of war-torn Europe more than half a century ago. Bataille is framed in a structurally unique narrative – part fictitious story and part documentary – that builds into a gripping political thriller and a testament to a demoralised people. Clement’s verité style is vital and courageous filmmaking. It was shown at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival where the film won the Prix international du jury and Clément won the Best Director Award. The film also won the inaugural Prix Méliès.

Cast Jean Clarieux, Jacques Desagneaux, Charles Boyer, Fernand Rauzena

Director René Clément I 1946 I 87mins

Glasgow Film Theatre      Sun 13 Nov 15:00 + Introduction by James Steel (Chairman of French Film Festival UK)

Edinburgh Filmhouse      Mon 14 Nov 20:50 & Tue 15 Nov 13:00 + Introduction by Martine Pierquin (University of Edinburgh)

Added Screenings

Hereford Courtyard

Wed 7 Dec 17:00 Cezanne et moi

Edinburgh Filmhouse

Sat 19 Nov 13:10. Cezanne et moi
Sun 20 Nov 13:10 Come What May/ En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait NEW SCREENING



The online brochure above is more up to date than your paper copy. For all up to the minute information about schedules, always check with your local cinema.
Have a great festival!


Corrections from the printed brochure

The downloadable brochure above is up to date as of 1 November 2016.

Here are the corrections for those of you who picked up a paper brochure from your cinema:

p.28 & 49 Aberdeen Belmont Tour de France is at 20:00.

p 48 Filmhouse Tue 15 Nov 18:30 A Journey Through French Cinema / Voyage à travers le cinéma français + intro by Martine Pierquin.

p 50 Barbican Red Turtle Sun 20 Nov 14:00

p 23 & 51 Leeds Red Turtle starts at 15:45

p 39 & 47 Belmont Aberdeen has new screening of Le nouveau  on Wed 9 and Thu 17 Nov

p 47 & 49 Belmont Aberdeen Learn by Hert (schools) on Thu 10 Nov

p 14 & 50   JW3 Fanny’s journey is at 20:30 not 20:00 

p 12 & 51 Hereford Courtyard Cezanne et moi (new screening) Wed 7 Dec 17:00


Phantom Boy: credits should be:
Actors: Fred Armisen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jared Padalecki, Marcus D'angelo, Dana Snyder, Melissa Disney

Directors Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli; Screenwriter Alain Gagnol


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