Because of travel restrictions and quarantine measures all guests at this year’s edition will appear remotely. They will introduce their films and take part in pre-recorded discussions after the screenings. Due to the air of uncertainty appearances will be confirmed on the Festival website and the online brochure. Unforeseen circumstances may occur which prevent a particular individual from appearing: don’t forget to keep a watch on the website www.frenchfilmfestival.org.uk for all updates. Meanwhile we introduce some of those we hope will participate.
MAMA WEED CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
He first worked as a trainee for legendary director Claude Lelouch. He went on to direct two documentaries, L’Heure d’aimer in 1983 and La Petite Commission in 1984, both of which were selected at numerous film festivals. After making his first feature-length film for TV, he directed the feature film Les Braqueuses in 1993. He created a new cinematic adaptation of Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre and an updated adaptation of the iconic tale of the gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. These were followed by Female Agents, The Chameleon, and Playing Dead. He served as president of the ARP (the French Authors’, Directors’, and Producers’ Guild) and also served as president of UniFrance.
Mama Weed (La Daronne) is his latest feature.
NOTRE DAME CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
After working at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, Valérie Donzelli began her career as an actress, appearing in films by Anne Fontaine, Gilles Marchand, and Agnès Varda. She directed her first film, Queen of Hearts, in 2009. Her second feature film, Declaration of War, is a moving autobiographical account of her struggle with partner Jérémie Elkaim to keep their lives together faced with their child’s illness. After the release of Hand in Hand, starring Valérie Lemercier, she came to Cannes in 2015 with Marguerite & Julien, in the Official Competition. After dealing with dramatic subjects she relished a comedy – and the result is Notre Dame.
HOME FRONT CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
Belgian actor and film director whose directing credits include the Trilogie, consisting of three films with interlocking stories and characters, each of which was filmed in a different genre. The three films are Cavale, a thriller; Un couple épatant, a comedy; and Après la vie, a melodrama. The Trilogie received many awards including the André Cavens Award. His film The Right of the Weakest ( La Raison du plus faible) was entered into the 2006 Cannes Film Festival while One Night (38 témoins) was nominated for seven Magritte Awards, winning Best Screenplay. He also appeared as an actor in Merry Christmas (2005). He is the brother of Rémy Belvaux and Bruno Belvaux. His powerful exposé of the far right This is Our Land brought him to the Festival in 2017. Home Front is his latest work.
LOVE AFFAIRS CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
The director returns to the Festival with his 10th feature Love Affairs having previously been in attendance with Venus and Fleur in 2004. Mouret has always demonstrated a consistent impulse for showcasing affairs of the heart from Dolores Chaplin in Laissons Lucie faire! (2000), Virginie Ledoyen in 2007’s Shall We Kiss? (and then 2013’s Another Life) and Anaïs Demoustier in Caprice (2015). His latest fits the mould: A vibrant roundelay of exchanges and entanglements which recall the magic of Max Ophuls’ La Ronde (1950).
SLALOM CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
Her debut feature Slalom earned a place in this year’s Cannes Film Festival Official Selection label. Favier did a lot of high performance sport in her teenage years, so the subject of a young skier subject to abuse and domination was not so far from her own experiences. She grew up around Val d’Isère and knew intimately the world of skiing both off and on the piste. She started writing the film in 2014 when she began a screenwriting workshop at the Parisian film school La Fémis. So far she has attracted attention at Festivals around Europe, including the FFF’s partner festival in Namur.
MY DONKEY, MY LOVER AND I CHECK OUT SCREENINGS
Her previous feature Girlfriends came out 2000, and since then Vignal has been busy writing including texts for the radio. The desire to direct had left her but came back with My Donkey, My Lover & I after she had spent a fortnight with her family walking in the Cévennes area which she describes as wild, remote and under-populated. Her daughter, then aged six, accompanied her – and there was also a donkey involved. She liked it so much she returned to the same area the following year with a donkey called Patrick who provided the spark of inspiration.