One of France’s most successful female directors she also writes and stars in her own films, alongside her one-time partner Jean-Pierre Bacri. She and Bacri developed a theatre and film style of which Kitchen with Apartment and Family Resemblances were first to meet with success. They worked with Alain Resnais on Smoking/No Smoking and Same Old Song. In 2000, Agnès Jaoui directed The Taste of Others, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won four César, including the César Award for Best Film. She wrote and directed Look at Me, which won Best Screenplay Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, followed by Let’s Talk About the Rain (2008) and Under the Rainbow (2013). She is a singer, and her Latin “Canta” album won a Victoire de la Musique award in 2007. She returned to the stage in 2014, and regularly appears on screen, most recently in Bruno Podalydès’ The Sweet Escape in the French Film Festival UK official selection last year. She attends the Festival for the first time this year to present Aurora by Blandine Lenoir.

Personal appearance + Q & A for Aurora London Ciné Lumière 3 Nov 18:30 and Edinburgh Filmhouse 4 Nov 18:00



She began as an actress in front of Gaspard Noé’s camera in the short Carne (1991) and worked for him again on I Stand Alone in 1998, his first feature. She pursued her career as an actress but at the same time embarked on directing. She has already directed eight shorts, including Dear Abbot. Her first feature film Zouzou was released in 2014. She accompanies Agnès Jaoui to the Festival for Aurora, her second feature. She was inspired by Agnès Varda to take up directing after she had seen Sans toit ni loi in the mid-Eighties – the first time she had seen film about a woman by a woman. She made her first short film at the age of 25 – Avec Marinette but it took ten years or so before making a feature


Personal appearance + Q & A for Aurora London Ciné Lumière 3 Nov at 18:30, Edinburgh Filmhouse 4 Nov 18:00 and Glasgow Film Theatre 5 Nov 16:30



After studying classics, Wargnier gave up his place at the film school l’IDHEC, preferring to learn the trade of director on film sets. He was first stand-in for Michel Piccoli for Claude Chabrol’s Le Décade Prodigeuse (1972), then focus puller and location manager on features (Valerio Zurlin’s Le Désert des Tartares, 1977) then assistant director to François Girod, Volker Schlöndorff, Margaret von Trotta, Elie Chouraqui, and Alexandre Arcady. Wargnier directed his first feature La Femme de ma vie with Jane Birkin and Christophe Malvay, in 1986. Three years later he made Je Suis le Seigneur du Château. Indochine (1992) boasting a prestigious cast including Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Pérez, Dominique Blanc and Jean Yanne, was an international hit, and was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In 1996, Emmanuelle Béart incarnated Une Femme Française alongside Daniel Auteuil. East-West, with Sandrine Bonnaire, was the French entry in the 2000 Academy Awards, and was also nominated for the best film, best director and best actress Césars that year. For his most recent feature he teamed up with Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh to bring Francois Bizot’s bestselling autobiographical novel The Gate to the screen. With career spanning more than 25 years the Festival is delighted to welcome him in the 25th edition to present silver jubilee screenings of Indochine in a restored copy

Personal appearance + Q & A for Indochine Edinburgh Filmhouse 11 Nov 17:00 and Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Nov 13:00



Born in Namur, the Belgian director has put his name to works such as his trio of films released in 2002 (An Amazing Couple, After Life and On the Run), The Right of the Weakest (entered in competition at Cannes in 2006), Rapt (2009), 38 Witnesses (One Night) which opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam and his out of character romantic comedy Not My Type (2014 and presented at the French Film Festival in 2015). After spending his childhood in the countryside, he decided to move to Paris to become an actor. After a few month of acting classes, he landed a part in a TV movie, followed by his first feature film, Allons z’enfants by Yves Boisset. Ten years later, he wrote and shot his first film, Parfois trop d’amour (1992). His films are often grounded in a strong sociological context, and question the underlying currents of society. With This is Our Land he goes a step further, delivering a film of scorching political topicality on the mechanisms of seduction used by populist parties, seen through the eyes of a young nurse who supports them almost unwittingly

Personal appearance + Q & A for This is Our Land Edinburgh Filmhouse 18 Nov 17:45 and Glasgow Film Theatre 19 Nov 19:00



She is a Canadian born in Australia and he is Belgian: Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel met each other in Paris through their love of the circus and 32 years later, this love still unites them in real life as on screen. They turned their shared passion for clowns and the circus in to a distinctive style of physical comedy. Based in Belgium, the duo’s latest burlesque comedy Lost in Paris sees Gordon as a Canadian librarian arriving in Paris to help her old aunt Martha (the legendary Emmanuelle Riva) – while Abel plays a homeless person who is out to ruin her life. The couple’s previous films in similar whimsical style include The Fairy (2011), Rumba (2008) and Iceberg (2005). They visited the Festival for The Fairy in 2012 – and we are delighted to welcome the back

Personal appearance + Q & A for Lost in Paris Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse 23 Nov 18:00 and Edinburgh Filmhouse 24 Nov 13:40 & 18:15



A writer and producer as well as director she was born in Châteauroux. Her body of work consists of directing, producing, writing, and editing. With her ex-husband Peter Sehr she co-directed the films The Anarchist’s Wife (2008) and Ludwig II (2012). She also co-wrote Love the Hard Way (2001). Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge is the latest film in which she is co-writer and director

Personal appearance + Q & A for Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge London Ciné Lumière 7 Nov 18:30



A French-born writer, producer and director she is known for the films LOL (2008), its American remake starring Miley Cyrus (2012), and Quantum Love (2014), all of which she wrote and directed. She is the daughter of French singer and actress Marie Laforêt and is married to film producer Patrick Alessandrin

Personal appearance + Q & A for Dalida London Ciné Lumière 9 Nov 20:30




He has directed several award-winning short films selected for a number of international film festivals. A graduate of the Fémis School of cinema in Paris, he also pursued documentary film-making, which fuels and enriches his fiction work. Mercenary (2016), his first feature film, notably received the Gan Foundation Award in 2014 and premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival

Personal appearance + Q & A for Mercenary London Regent Street Cinema 8 Dec 18:00


The young actor stars in two films in the Festival: Redoubtable and Lover for a Day. Last year French Film Festival audiences saw him in Chocolat

Personal appearance + Q & A for Redoubtable Edinburgh Filmhouse 10 Nov 20:30 and Glasgow Film Theatre 11 November 18:20




Director Nicolas Silhol developed his debut screenplay for Corporate (based on a rash of suicides at France Telecom) with his co-screenwriter Nicolas Fleureau. Both were fascinated by the harsh social ramifications of the business world. Fleureau is a professor of scriptwriting at ESIS (Ecole Supérieure de l’image et du son) and graduated from audio-visual studies at Université Paris 11 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. He worked previously with Silhol on his short film L’Amour propre. His other credits include Marche forcée (short) and Self Defense (short)

Personal appearance + Q & A for Corporate at London Ciné Lumière Thu 2 Nov 20:40,  Edinburgh Filmhouse Mon 13 Nov 20:40 and Glasgow Film Theatre Tue 14 Nov 20:30


The French film-maker who used to be based in Aberdeen and now lives and works in Hull (this year’s European City of Culture) first came to the attention of the French Film Festival UK with his short film Reflexions in the Cat’s Eyes / Reflets dans l’oeil du chat which was screened as part of last year’s Short Cuts programme in his presence.He returns to the Festival for the 25th edition with his first feature Abrahadabra which was in part shot on a digital tablet and financed by a crowd-funding initiative and has been described variously as “touching, authentic and peaceful” and “a drama with fairy tale qualities and serenity.”

Yannik Ruault will also be holding Editing Workshops in Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse. Check out on the EVENT page.

Personal appearance + Q & A for Abrahadabra at Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse 29 November 18:45 and Hull University  19 November 14:00 


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