2 November: Opening Night in London Cine Lumiere

UP AND RUNNING: French Film Festival UK opened its silver jubilee 25th edition at Ciné Lumière in London last night (02 Nov) with packed screenings of François Ozon’s L’amant double and Nicholas Silhol’s Corporate and continues tonight (03 Nov) with a personal appearance of Agnès Jaoui for Aurora accompanied by director Blandine Lenoir.
Opening night attendees included representatives of So French TV, a first-time Festival sponsor, Shira Macleod, director of Regent Street Cinema (the Festival’s second London venue) and select journalists. Wine for the opening reception in Aubaine café-bar was provided by Sud de France. The Festival continues until 09 November in South Kensington and then moves to Regent Street Cinema from 04 to 10 December. Other guests included invitees from long-time sponsor Air France. Jaoui and Blandine travel to Edinburgh tomorrow for a special preview of Aurora at Filmhouse with Lenoir remaining in Scotland for the screening of the film at Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday.
Up and running: FFF organisers Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison at Institut Français du Royaume-Uni last night for the opening of French Film Festival UK 2017 withpacked screenings of François Ozon’s L’amant double and Nicholas Silhol’s Corporate.

All images: Stephen Dunn. 

On screen: French Film Festival UK at the Ciné Lumière, London.

Welcome to the French Film Festival UK for first-time sponsors So French (from left) – 
Katia Babilonne and Fatima Chater with Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe, FFF organisers. 
 Team Ciné Lumière at the opening of the French Film Festival UK: (left) Laura Perrachon, programmer, and Natacha Antolini, Head of Marketing and PR (third left) with Ilona Morison and Richard Mowe. 
Ilona Morison, deputy director FFF UK, on stage at the Ciné Lumière at the opening of the Festival last night (02 November)  

Regent Street Cinema director Shira Macleod (left),  journalist Rita di Santo and Richard Mowe
at the opening of the French Film Festival UK at Ciné Lumière last night (02 November). 
 First night cinema goers receive information about first-time French Film Festival sponsors So French at the Ciné Lumière, London.
 FFF director Richard Mowe talks to journalist Demetrios Matteo at the opening of the French Film Festival at the Ciné Lumière.


Below are changes from the printed brochure.
The website details are up to date.

TYNESIDECINEMA: Young Ahmed is now on Mon 2 December and not Mon 9 Dec as adverstised in our brochure.


As a result of the French National Strike from 5 Dec

François Armanet (Oh les Filles!)

and The Primavista Quartet (Nana)

are unable to appear in person for their screenings.
The screenings will still go ahead as billed at the Regent Street Cinema.
Oh les Filles Sat 7 Dec 16:00
Nana Sun 8 Dec 14:00

Glasgow Grosvenor time changes
A Faithful Man Mon 25 Nov 13:05
Just a Breath Away  Tues 26 Nov 11:20
The following do not screen at Heart of Hawick:
Just a Breath Away
To The Four Winds
When Margaux Meets Margaux
I Lost my Body has been withdrawn in Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
Check out on Timetables for replacements

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