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|Wednesday 7 November 19:30
LONDON CINE LUMIERE
The French American actress, screenwriter, and film director whose parents were American actor William Marshall and French star Micheline Presle, started her career by acting in several of Jacques Demy’s films, including A Slightly Pregnant Man. She says she was influenced by him in the sense of creating whimsical atmospheres and rooting the stories with more of a female-centric narrative. In one of her directorial successes, Venus Beauty Institute, she touched on the theme of finding love from a female perspective, and how it can fundamentally be more difficult because of how it strays from the traditional dynamic of courtship. It won a César for best film in 1999 and she won awards for best director for best screenplay. Nearest to Heaven / Au plus près du paradis scored her a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2002. As an actor, she has appeared in over 15 films and TV mini-series since the late ’70s, including Palace, starring Michel Blanc. She debuted as writer/director with police comedy Pentimento (1989). Marshall started writing her new film Woman Up (Numéro une) in 2012 but had difficulty finding finance for it until eventually her power of conviction won through.
|Friday 9 November 18:30||
|Tuesday 13 November 18:00||
TREAT ME LIKE FIRE/
At the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year Marie Monge was the focus of considerable attention for her debut feature Treat Me Like Fire / Jouers starring Tahar Rahim and Stacy Martin which was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight. Monge had been garlanded previously in the Césars for her short film Marseille la nuit, co-written by Julien Guetta who also worked with her on Treat Me Like Fire. Her other shorts comprise: Mia and Les ombres bossues. Monge claims to be a big fan of British director Andrea Arnold (American Honey). She has joined the fight for more gender equality in the industry by signing up to a new crusading movement Collectif 5050X2020.
|Wednesday 14 November 19:30||
Director and screenwriter Jean-Paul Rappeneau started out by collaborating with Louis Malle on Zazie dans le metro in 1960 and Vie privée in 1961. In 1964, he was co-screenwriter for L’ Homme de Rio, which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo. The first film that he both wrote and directed was A Matter of Resistance (La Vie de chateau) in 1965. Although it was a great critical and popular success, he did not make another film until 1971, when he directed Les Mariés de l’an II, again starring Belmondo and Marlène Jobert. Since 1975, Rappeneau has written only for his own films, including Le Sauvage, starring Yves Montand and Tout feu, tout flamme, again with Montand, who co-starred with Isabelle Adjani. In 1990, Rappeneau directed his master work: a film version of Cyrano de Bergerac, an adaptation of the classic play by Edmond Rostand, starring Gérard Depardieu in what may become known as his greatest role. Rappeneau’s film at the time it was made in 1992 was one of the most expensive French films ever produced. Jean-Paul Rappeneau will introduce the film at the Ciné Lumière, London, on Wed, 14 Nov 19.30 followed by a Q&A.
|24-25-26 November (various times)||
EDINBURGH / GLASGOW
The director’s wife had the original idea for his short film With My Own Two Hands / Deux mains which already this year has toured the Festival circuit and won attention at Festival du Cinéma Européen de Meyzieu, Festival du Film Court de Vélizy, Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, and Festival Prix de Courts. Barocas has completed many shorts including July 14th (2015), Goodbye L.A. (2012) and The Bed by the Window, as well as documentaries and music videos. Currently he is at work on the development of his first feature.
|Tuesday 4 December 18:00||
THE GRAND BALL/
The writer and director of the documentary Le Grand Bal speaks in voiceover about her own long personal relationship with traditional dance and interviews participants about theirs. Carton studied at the Beaux-Arts in Clermont-Ferrand and also at art school in Lyon. She opted for a course in documentary directing in Grenoble where her first graduation film D’un chagrin j’ai fait un repos took her to Cuba. Her first feature for TV La pieuvre, had as its subject the degenerative condition Huntington’s Disease. She also directed a documentary about deafness and sign language as well as a portrait of the artist Baudoin, both of which had cinema releases.