De Gaulle (N/C 12+)

May 1940. France is facing a disastrous military situation against the German army. Charles de Gaulle, newly appointed General, joins the Government in Paris while Yvonne, his wife, and their three children remain in the east. 
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Cast Lambert Wilson, Isabelle Carré, Olivier Gourmet, Gilles Cohen, Laurent Stocker
Director Gabriel Le Bomin I 2019 I France I 105 mins Int sales SND Groups M6 (Festival Agency)

A Friendly Tale / Le Bonheur des uns (N/C 12+)

Comedy of manners from Daniel Cohen (Le Chef), featuring a superb all-star cast in stellar form.

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Cast Bérénice Bejo, Vincent Cassel, François Damiens Director Daniel Cohen I 2020 I France I 104 mins Int sales SND Groups M6 (Festival Agency)

 Gloria Mundi (N/C 15+)

In Marseille, a family gathers for the birth of baby Gloria. But despite the joy, they have fallen on hard times.

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Cast Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Anaïs Demoustier, Robinson Stévenin
Director Robert Guédiguian I 2019 I France/Italy 107 mins I Int sales MK2 Films / Print IFcinéma

How to be a Good Wife / La bonne épouse (N/C 12+)

Women’s Liberation and the sexual revolution come to ultra-conservative 60s France in Martin Provost’s colourful comedy.

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Cast Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Édouard Baer, François Berléand
Director Martin Provost I 2020 I France/Belgium I 109 mins Int sales Memento

Home Front / Des Hommes (N/C 15+)

In 1960 Bernard, Rabut, Février and many others were called up to fight in the Algerian War.

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Cast Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yoann Zimmer, Félix Kysyl, Edouard Sulpice
Director Lucas Belvaux I 2020 I France/Belgium I 100 mins Int sales Jour 2 Fête

Les Misérables (15)

Director Ladj Ly who has said he was inspired by Kassovitz’s groundbreaking debut as a director, sets the film in Montfermeil where Hugo chose to situate Les Misérables 150 years ago. The springboard for the background was the riots that took place in 2005, although it could equally well be the France of President Macron and the gilets jaunes.

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Cast Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga Director Ladj Ly I 2019 I France I 102 mins UK Distributor Altitude

Love Affairs / Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait (N/C 15+)

Holidays in the French countryside provide the perfect setting for Emmanuel Mouret to continue his exploration of all things tender and loving, throwing heart, soul and passion into the subject.

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Cast Vincent Macaigne, Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Émilie Dequenne, Jenna Thiam, Guillaume Gouix
Director Emmanuel Mouret I 2020 I France I 120 mins Int sales Elle Driver

The Lost Prince Le Prince oublié (12)

The latest film from Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is a modern-day fairy tale starring Omar Sy and Bérénice Bejo.

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Cast Omar Sy, Bérénice Bejo, François Damiens, Sarah Gaye, Keyla Fala, Néotis Ronzon

Director Michel Hazanavicius I 2019 I France I 101 mins UK Distributor Studiocanal

Mama Weed / La Daronne (N/C 15+)

A French-Arabic police translator (played by the inimitable Isabelle Huppert) specialises in phone tapping for the anti-narcotics unit.

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Cast Isabelle Huppert, Hippolyte Girardot, Liliane Rovere Director Jean-Paul Salomé I 2020 I France I 104 mins Int sales Le Pacte

Night Shift  / Police (N/C 15+)

Based on a novel by Hugo Boris, Night Shift focuses on three Parisian police officers charged with escorting a foreigner back to the border. 

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Cast Omar Sy, Virginie Efira, Grégory Gadebois, Payman Maadi (aka Peyman Moadi)
Director Anne Fontaine I 2020 I France I 100 mins Int sales Studiocanal

Notre Dame (N/C 15+)

This light-hearted tale follows an architect in disarray as she works on redesigning the cathedral which was granted unexpected relevance when the beloved Paris icon was devastated by fire in April 2019.

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Cast Valérie Donzelli, Pierre Deladonchamps, Thomas Scimeca, Bouli Lanners, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Candelier

Director Valérie Donzelli I 2020 I France I 88 mins | Int sales MK2 Films / Print IFcinéma

Small Country: An African Childhood  / Petit pays (N/C 12+)

Gabriel, aged 10, lives in a comfortable expatriate neighbourhood in Burundi (his Small Country) with his French entrepreneur father and Rwandan mother.

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Cast Jean-Paul Rouve, Djibril Vancoppenolle, Isabelle Kabano, Delya De Medina

Director Éric Barbier I 2019 I France/Belgium 111 mins I Int sales Pathé Films

The Specials Hors normes (N/C 12+)

Directors and screenwriters Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache follow their huge hits, C’est la vie and Intouchables with The Specials, about a Jewish man, Bruno (Vincent Cassel) and a Muslim, Malik (Reda Kateb), working together to help children with severe autism who have been rejected by other institutions because they are too difficult to care for.

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Cast Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent, Bryan Mialoundama, Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesieur
Directors Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano I 2019 I France 114 mins I Int sales Gaumont

Spread Your Wings / Donne-moi des ailes (N/C PG)

Inspired by a true story, Spread Your Wings teenager Thomas (Louis Vazquez) who is sent by his mother, Paola (Mélanie Doutey), to spend the school holidays with his father in the Camargue region in Southern France. With no wi-fi and only his ornithologist father, Christian (Jean-Paul Rouve), for company, Thomas is slowly drawn into his father’s passion for a gaggle of newborn wild geese. 

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Cast Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez, Frédéric Saurel, Lilou Fogli
Director Nicolas Vanier I 2019 I France/Norway I 113 mins Int sales SND Groupe M6

Three Days and a Life / Trois jours une vie (N/C 15+)

The murderer always returns to the scene of the crime, even if 15 years later. This is the case in a captivating rural thriller based on the best-selling novel by master crime writer Pierre Lemaître.

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Cast Pablo Pauly, Sandrine Bonnaire, Charles Berling, Margot Bancilhon, Philippe Torreton, Dimitri Storoge
Director Nicolas Boukhrief I 2019 I France/Belgium 120 mins I Int sales Gaumont / Print IFcinéma

The Translators / Les Traducteurs N/C 12+

If you relished the twists and turns of Knives Out then Régis Roinsard (Populaire) has devised a fiendishly clever whodunnit with a fantastic all-star international cast in a similar vein.

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Cast Alex Lawther, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eduardo Noriega
Director Régis Roinsard I 2019 I France/Belgium I 120 min Int sales Wild Bunch, UK

 

UPDATES

Cinema Closures

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre and Stirling Macrobert Arts Centre are temporarily closed due to restrictions on cinemas in areas where the Covid Protection Level (Tier) 3 applies. These cinemas anticipate being closed until at least 13 November, though it’s quite likely to be for longer. Any tickets already purchased for French Film Festival titles due to have been screened between 2 – 13 November will be refunded.
Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse will close from Friday after the Festival screenings of Love Affairs at 13.00 and 19.00.

Also affected is Dundee Contemporary Arts Cinema whose patrons should contact the cinema box office for ticketing details and more information on rescheduling.

Some Festival venues in Scotland are able to remain open. They comprise: Dumfries Robert Burns Film Centre, Inverness Eden Court, Oban Phoenix Cinema,  and their programmes remain in place.

Aberdeen Belmont Filmhouse and St Andrews Byre Theatre have also closed until further notice. 

All cinemas in England are closed from Thursday (5 November) until at least 2 December.

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