Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival: Monday Preview

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Monday’s menu at the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival consists of Cedric Klapisch’s Chinese Puzzle (pictured), which continues on from Klapisch’s L’auberge espagnole and Russian Dolls. In his latest film, Romain Duris’ Xavier leaves Paris to follow Wendy (Kelly Reilly)  to New York, where she now lives with their two young children after the break-up of their marraige. If you missed the film’s first screening on Saturday, be sure to catch it today.

Up next is Katell Quillévéré’s realist drama Suzanne which portrays the relationship of two motherless sisters.

 

Monday, 25th November 2013:

18.15

Chinese Puzzle

 

20.45

Suzanne

 

Tickets for all IFI French Film Festival films are on sale now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on www.ifi.ie where you can find full details for all the films screening at the Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival, which runs 20th November  – 1st December, 2013.

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Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival: Sunday Preview

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The Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival has two contemporary debut features among its line-up today with films from Abdellatif Kechiche and Shalimar Preuss. They are in good company alongside a screening of Jacques Demy’s 1961 feature debut Lola and Xavier Dolan’s latest film, always something to look forward to. The day began with  Marc Lavoine and Julie Depardieu’s charming animation Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill 

Sunday, 24th November 2013:

Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill 

11.00 

Six-year-old Jeanis is going to big school for the first time and has to get used to the very strict teacher.

 

Blame It On Voltaire  (La faute à Voltaire)

13.30

Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2000 debut film  is an account  of an illegal immigrant’s adventures in Paris.

 

Lola

16.30

Jacques Demy’s 1961 debut feature follows six people in the south of France as they pursue their fantasies. The film was restored and re-released by Demy’s widow, French filmmaker Agnès Varda.

Dr. Douglas Smith will introduce this screening. 

 

My Blue-Eyed Girl  (Ma belle gosse)

18.45

Shalimar Preuss’ first feature centres on Maden, a young woman on holiday with her family who has become smitten with a prison inmate.

 

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme) 

20.45

Xavier Dolan’s psychological thriller based on a play written by Michel Marc Bouchard follows Tom, a young advertising copywriter, who travels to the country for a funeral. Once there, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is.

 

Tickets for all IFI French Film Festival films are on sale now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on www.ifi.ie where you can find full details for all the films screening at the Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival, which runs 20th November  – 1st December, 2013.

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Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival: Friday Preview

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The Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival continues today with a fine selection of films and a chance for audiences to meet with actors and directors. Festival guest Arnaud Desplechin presented a Masterclass: Working with Actors earlier today to kick proceedings off in style. Desplechin won the Jean Vigo Short Film Prize with his directorial debut, The Life of the Dead (1991). Since then, he has directed seven features and one documentary. He will also take part in several Q&As during the festival, including later this evening after the screening of his 2008 comedy-drama film A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël).

Friday, 22nd November 2013

18.00

A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël)

Catherine Deneuve stars as the  matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative.

Arnaud Desplechin will take part in a post-screening Q&A hosted by filmmaker Michael Kinirons.

 

20.00

Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle)

Acclaimed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche’s latest film, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

 

21.10

Domestic Life (La vie domestique)

An adaptation of Rachel Cusk’s 2006 novel, Domestic Life follows Juliette, a newcomer into the residential suburb of the Paris, who begins to feel the noose of domestic obligations and household chores slowly tightening around her neck.

Emmanuelle Devos will be in attendance at the screening and will participate in a Q&A.

 

Tickets for all Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival films are on sale now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on www.ifi.ie where you can find full details for all the films screening at the festival, which runs 20th November  – 1st December, 2013.

 

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Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival: Thursday Preview

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The IFI French Film Festival continues today with two films by festival guest Arnaud Desplechin. Kings & Queen from 2004 stars Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos in a story of a pair of ex-lovers’ parallel lives. Tremendously funny and insightful, Kings & Queens is not to be missed, if only for Devos’ dream scene.  

Desplechin’s Franco-American drama Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian 2013 tells the story of Jimmy Picard, a Blackfeet Plains Indian, who returns from World War II suffering a variety of symptoms that seemingly defy physical diagnosis. This much anticipated film stars Benicio Del Toro and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Thursday, 21st November 2013

18.00
Kings & Queen

Emmanuelle Devos will participate in a post-screening Q&A with journalist and film critic Paul Whittington.

20.45
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian


Director Arnaud Desplechin will participate in a Q&A after the screening on Thursday, November 21st with John Maguire, Film critic & feature writer for The Sunday Business Post.

Tickets for all IFI French Film Festival films are on sale now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on www.ifi.ie where you can find full details for all the films screening at the Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival, which runs 20th November  – 1st December, 2013.

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IFI French Film Festival opens with ‘Just a Sigh’

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We say bonjour once again to the IFI French Film Festival, which kicks off tonight with the Gala Opening film, Just a Sigh (Le Temps de l’aventure).  Jérôme Bonnell’s latest film stars the wonderful stage and screen actress Emmanuelle Devos as Alix, an actress who encounters an English-speaking professor on her way to an audition. Our own Gabriel Byrne plays Douglas, the professor she meets who is on his way to a funeral. Their paths cross on a day that plays with destiny and how we can master it. The film is marked by the two central performances and promises to deliver a fine opening to this year’s festival.

The screening begins at 8pm.

Director Jérôme Bonnell and Emmanuelle Devos will be in attendance at the screening and will participate in a Q&A with David O Mahony of Access Cinema.

Just a Sigh is showing as part of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival (20th November  – 1st December, 2013).

Tickets for all IFI French Film Festival films are on sale now at the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 and can also be booked on www.ifi.ie where you can find out full details for all the films screening at the Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival.

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IFI French Film Festival: Juliette Binoche to appear at IFI French Film Festival 2012

Juliette Binoche is set to be one of the star attractions at the IFI French Film Festival 2012 running from 14th-25th November, which also includes the Irish premiere of Michael Haneke’s Cannes Palme d’Or- winning Love (Amour); winner of the 2012 Jean Prix Vigo, Atomic Age (with Director Héléna Klotz in attendance); and a guest appearance by the iconic actress Béatrice Dalle, who will introduce her new film Bye Bye Blondie, as well as her career-defining French classic Betty Blue.

There is a special buzz of excitement in the air around this year’s IFI French Film Festival with the announcement that multi-award winning Juliette Binoche, one of the most acclaimed and celebrated actresses of her generation, will be at the Festival to present her new film Another Woman’s Life on Saturday 24th November at 18.10. Binoche gives a world-class performance in this bittersweet time-travel comedy-drama by award-winning actress-turned director Sylvie Testud. In addition to this, Binoche also features in Michael Haneke’s Hidden which is also being shown as part of the Festival. The star of countless film classics including Three Colours: Blue, Hidden and Certified Copy; her performances have won Best Actress Awards at Venice, Cannes, Berlin and she received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in The English Patient.

Alongside the touch of glamour that Binoche will undoubtedly bring to the Festival there’s a rich and impressive line-up of the best new French cinema including 20 Irish premieres; a wealth of visiting special guests including Béatrice Dalle, Benoit Jacquot, Reba Kateb, Héléna Klotz  and Alice de Lencquesaing, our annual celebration new talent in our First-Time Director’s strand and a continuing celebration of 50 years of the iconic production company Les Films de Losange.

IFI Director Ross Keane said ‘We are thrilled with the calibre of guests we’ve attracted to this year’s IFI French Film Festival. It’s a testament to the reputation of the Festival that stars like Juliette Binoche and Béatrice Dalle will be in attendance.’

Announcing the programme, Festival Director Marie-Pierre Richard said ‘The many facets of love are something of a theme emerging from this year’s programme. We’re particularly delighted to open the Festival with a sneak preview of the extraordinary Love (Amour) by Michael Haneke, which we saw at Cannes before it picked up the prestigious Palme d’Or and which is set to be one of the biggest international releases of the next twelve months. This poignant film about the painful dilemma that confronts an elderly Parisian couple, as one of them gradually succumbs to illness, is brilliantly directed and beautifully portrayed by two titan actors of the Nouvelle Vague. This is a film that will always stay with you.’

Béatrice Dalle arrived on the international stage with her iconic performance in Betty Blue in 1986. She will be attending the Festival to look back at a screening of this Oscar-nominated classic as well as presenting her new film Bye Bye Blondie, in which she and her co-star – screen legend Emmanuelle Béart – play a passionate and turbulent couple who are reunited after years apart. Also attending the Festival will be Benoit Jacquot, a revered and prolific filmmaker noted for his fascination with his characters’ psychology. He’ll be presenting and discussing his new film Farewell, My Queen; a lavish look at the final days of the reign of Marie Antoinette which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Two more films from Cannes that tie into the theme of love and sexuality are Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan’s vivid melodrama of an impossible love story; and the engaging documentary The Invisibles which focuses on the stories of eleven gay men and women of an older generation from across France, giving a fascinating portrait of the development of French social attitudes.

Following on from her international hit Leaving, Catherine Corsini returns with Three Worlds, a taught, suspenseful film on the aftermath of a hit-and run that features a fantastic cast. Actor Reda Kateb (who also appeared in the recent hit A Prophet) will be in attendance at the 19th November screening. Also notable for its great ensemble cast is Love Crime (featuring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier), Alain Corneau’s final film which perfectly captures the bleak and highly competitive corporate world.

French cuisine is celebrated in Step up to the Plate, an impressive documentary on a three-Michelin starred restaurant in the south of France while French wine culture is dramatically explored in You will be my Son when a bitter dispute breaks out over the inheritance of a famous vineyard. The IFI Café Bar will also be creating a special French menu for the Festival.

This year’s First-Time Director’s programme once again showcases the wealth of new talent rising through French Cinema. Héléna Klotz will attend to present Atomic Age which won this year’s prestigious and envelope-pushing Prix Jean Vigo. Also remarkable are Alice Wincour’s Augustine, an engaging study of 19th century sexual politics based on a true story and set at the Salpêtirère Psychiatric Hospital, and Elie Wajeman’s Aliyah, a slow-burning portrait of low-level Jewish drug dealer.

Several comedies are on show including the lively What’s in a Name?;Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds; the Podalydès brothers’ Granny’s Funeral; The Big Night from theDelépine-Kervern duo, whose Mammuth was one of the Festival favourites in 2010. Those looking for an IFI Family outing will be enchanted by the animated adaptation of the classic children’s book Ernest and Celestine.

It’s 50 years since Éric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder set up Les Films du Losange, the production company that produced many of the key Nouvelle Vague titles and has gone on to remain a key force in the industry. A fine selection of their output is on show including Nicholas Philibert’s Louvre City documentary, Michael Haneke’s excellent Hidden and Barbet Schroeder’s own first feature More.

Closing the Festival is actor-turned-director Louis–Do de Lencquesaing’s first feature In a Rush  focusing on divorced writer Paul (de Lencquesaing) struggling in his relationships this mother, potential partner, and student daughter (played by his own child Alice). Alice de Lencquesaing will be in attendance to discuss this carefully observed family drama that exudes class and charm, the perfect end to another fantastic IFI French Film Festival.

Full details of all the films can be found at www.ifi.ie/FrenchFest

Booking Information:

Tickets are available from 26th October  from the IFI Box Office in person, by telephone on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie.

Tickets cost €9.20, except for the opening film which includes a post-screening reception and costs €15. Tickets for the family screening are €5 or €15 for a family of 4. There are special package prices of €40 for five films and €70 for 11 films, but each ticket purchased must be for a different film and the package excludes the opening film. Daily IFI Membership (€1) or IFI Annual Membership (€25) is required for all films.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of its principle funder, the Arts Council. Additionally the IFI French Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Embassy of France in Ireland, the Alliance Française, and The Irish Times.

IFI French Film Festival 2012 – Timetable

Wednesday 14th November
19.30     Opening Film: Love (Amour)
Followed by Reception

Thursday 15th November
18.20     Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)
20.30     You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu)

Friday 16th November
18.10     Granny’s Funeral (Adieu Berthe – L’Enterrement de mémé)
20.40     Augustine

Saturday 17th November
14.30 Betty Blue (37°2 le matin)
Béatrice Dalle will introduce the film
18.10 Bye Bye Blondie
Followed by a Q&A with Béatrice Dalle
20.40 A Better Life (Une Vie meilleure)

Sunday 18th November
14.00 Louvre City (La Ville Louvre)
18.10 The Big Night (Le Grand soir)
20.40 You will be my Son (Tu seras mon fils)

Monday 19th November
18.10     French Film Club screening: Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble)
20.40 Three Worlds (Trois Mondes)
Reda Kateb will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A

Tuesday 20th November
15.40 Granny’s Funeral (Adieu Berthe – L’Enterrement de mémé)
18.10 Prix Jean Vigo: Atomic Age (L’Âge atomique)
Héléna Klotz will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A
20.40 What’s in a Name (Le Prénom)

Wednesday 21st November
15.40 Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux à la reine)
18.10 Aliyah (Alyah)
20.00 Laurence Anyways

Thursday 22nd November
15.40 The Big Night (Le Grand soir)
18.10 The Invisibles (Les Invisibles)
20.40 Step up to the Plate (Entre les Bras – La Cuisine en héritage)

Friday 23rd November
15.40 Three Worlds (Trois mondes)
18.10 Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux à la reine)
Benoît Jacquot will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A
20.40 Superstar

Saturday 24th November
13.00 What’s in a Name(Le Prénom)
15.40 Hidden (Caché)
18.10 Another Woman’s Life (La Vie d’une autre)
Juliette Binoche will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A
20.40 Love Crime (Crime d’amour)

Sunday 25th November
11.00 IFI Family: Ernest and Celestine (Ernest et Célestine)
13.00 More
15.40 Superstar
18.10 Another Woman’s Life (La Vie d’une autre)
20.40 In a Rush (Au galop)
Alice de Lencquesaing will introduce the film and take part in a Q+A

Full details of all the films can be found at www.ifi.ie/FrenchFest

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.

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IFI French Film Festival: The Minister

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Thursday, 24th November 2011

The Minister

(L’Exercice de l’État)

Louise Wimmer had another screening on Friday afternoon at the IFI French Film Festival, followed by Service Entrance also having its second screening. Jean-Marc Moutout’s Early One Morning (De Bon Matin) screened in the evening with a Q&A with Jean-Pierre Darroussin, who plays a middle-aged businessman who starts his day as usual before coolly gunning down a couple of work colleagues; one of the main outcomes coffee prevents.

Friday ended with a screening of  The Minister (L’Exercice de l’État), Pierre Schoeller’s fascinating political drama charting a destructive lust for power. Introduced by Michel Ciment, the film follows the exploits of Bertrand Saint-Jean, the Minister for Transport, as he endeavours to hold onto political power, while at the same time staying true to his personal ideals – yet to achieve one he must let go of the other. The film sees a decent man unravel as he gets caught up in the machinations of a political system that chews him up.

Olivier Gourmet puts in a sturdy performance as Bertrand Saint-Jean as a man gobbled up by ambition  – unforgettably set out in the film’s opening scene –   whose thirst for power destroys his soul, proving once again the first half of Lord Acton’s famous words that ‘power tends to corrupt…’

Steven Galvin

Check out the festival programme here

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IFI French Film Festival: Louise Wimmer

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The IFI French Film Festival
Thursday, 24th November 2011

Louise Wimmer

Black Venus was screened for a second time on Thursday afternoon as part of the IFI French Film Festival, followed by another screening of Gérald Hustache-Mathieu noirish Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou).

The evening kicked off with a screening of Louise Wimmer. Cyril Mennegun’s film focuses on a 50ish-year-old woman who’s fallen on bad times, living out of her car struggling with a meagre income from her cleaning jobs and battling authorities for a council flat.

The film is marked by Corinne Masiero’s central performance as Louise, a proud woman who does her utmost to maintain appearances, never looking for sympathy and admirably maintaining her dignity in such difficult circumstances.

Mennegun patiently reveals how Louise has found herself in this position and the thin line that can exist between a life taken for granted and a life from which those things are taken away. Her resilient struggle to survive is delivered in some well-observed scenes such as petrol syphoning and café vulturing.

With Louise Wimmer Mennegun has fashioned an impressive, realistic character study of a proud woman battling to take charge of her life.

Thurday’s preceedings came to a close with the screening of Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6e étage) Philippe Le Guay’s romantic comedy featuring Sandrine Kiberlain whose impressive performance in The Bird opened this year’s festival.

Steven Galvin

Louise Wimmer screens again on Friday, 25th November at 14.00

Check out the festival programme here

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