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Wednesday 7 November 19:30




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.
Tonie Marshall will present Woman Up at London Ciné Lumière on Wed 7 Nov at 19.30 and take part in a Q&A 

Friday 9 November 18:30



The actor, director and screenwriter Gilles Lellouche who hails from Caen, has worked on almost 50 films. He made his debut as an actor with a few small roles, notably in the comedy Mes amis (1999), Michel Hazanavicius’ first feature film. Guillaume Canet gave him a secondary role in his first feature film as a director, Mon idole (2002). Canet continued to direct him in Tell No-one Ne le dis à personne in 2006 while Lellouche reciprocated and gave Canet a lead role in Narco (2004) which he co-directed it with Tristan Aurouet. His first main acting role was in Love Me If You Dare in 2003, opposite Marion Cotillard. He has been awarded many times in the Césars (the French Oscars). He gained critical approval for the action thriller Point Blank by Fred Cavayé in 2010 as well as sharing top billing with Vincent Lindon in Cavayé’s Mea Culpa in 2014. He scored recently opposite his friend Jean Dujardin in the Marseille Mafia thriller La French and as the scene-stealing band leader James in C’est la vie! (Le Sens de la fête) by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. He appears as himself in Canet’s Rock’n’Roll. Sink or Swim / Le Grand bain is his first solo directorial outing.  
Gilles Lellouche will introduce Sink or Swim at London Ciné Lumière on Fri 9 Nov at 18.20 and take part in a Q&A.

 Tuesday 13 November 18:00




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.
Marie Monge will introduce Treat Me Like Fire at Edinburgh Filmhouse on Tue 13 Nov and take part in a Q&A.

 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.

Tuesday 20 Nov



 a few years ago thanks to the colourful character of François l’Embrouille, the hero of a hidden camera TV series, François Damiens has since built his career as a top-billed actor in a wide range of films in France and Belgium, such as Just to Be Sure with Cecile de France, Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys, Dany Boon’s Rien à Déclarer, Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker and he has begun filming with Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius The Lost Prince. He is a four-time César nominee. With Mon Ket / Dany he throws himself into the role of director by giving himself a new challenge: creating a feature film using hidden cameras.
Francois Damiens will introduce the screening on Tuesday 20 November at 20:40 at Edinburgh Filmhouse and take part in a Q&A.
 24-25-26 November (various times)




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.
Michaël Barocas will be among the Short Cuts delegation for his film With My Own Two Hands at Edinburgh Summerhall Sun 25 Nov 17.00; Glasgow Andrew Stewart Cinema Mon 26 Nov 18.00 and Edinburgh Queen Margaret University Tue 27 Nov 13.15 + workshop (invitation only).

 Tuesday 4 December 18:00




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.
Laetitia Carton will introduce Le Grand Bal at Edinburgh Summerhall on Thu 4 Dec and take part in a Q&A and attend a dance event.

24-25-26 November (various times)

In 2016,  Jean was taught film by director Claude Lelouch in a 10-months workshop he created called “Les Ateliers du cinéma”. Filmed at the end of this course, Recamier is his first short-movie.
Since 2017, he has worked with director Christophe Gans on his upcoming movie Corto Maltese (featuring Tom Hughes and Milla Jovovich)
Jean Chaffard-Luçon will be among the Short Cuts delegation for his film Récamier at Edinburgh Summerhall Sun 25 Nov 17.00; Glasgow Andrew Stewart Cinema Mon 26 Nov 18.00 and Edinburgh Queen Margaret University Tue 27 Nov 13.15 + workshop (invitation only).


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