The IFI’s French Film Festival ended last night after ten days of cinematic festivities, twenty films and hugely increased audiences and box office receipts. The revenue raised was up an incredible 46% compared with 2007 despite tough economic conditions and audience numbers were up by 1400 representing a 36% increase.
The prestigious Audience Award votes have been counted and the winner has been announced as Conversations with my Gardener directed by Jean Becker. A rich story of rediscovered friendship in an idyllic rural setting; played out by Daniel Auteuil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Irish audiences will get a second chance to see the film when it is released exclusively at the IFI on 12th December 2008.
The IFI’s French Film Festival was supported by lead partners; The Arts Council, Ambassade de France en Irlande, Maison de la France and sponsors; Alliance Francaise, Airbus, Air France, CRH, Europa Cinemas, Hennessy, Radisson SAS, The Sunday Times and TV5Monde.