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London’s Favourite French film celebrates its 10 years with Christian Clavier

By Marie Decreme

And the winner is... The Artist!

It is the rendezvous that you do not want to miss: the gala evening organized by Franceinlondon for London’s Favourite French film, this year celebrating its tenth birthday. Every year, the festival makes an award to the three Londoners’ favourite on 17 September during a sumptuous reception at the French Institute, under the patronage of Mrs Sylvie Bermann, the new French ambassador to the UK. On this occasion, Christian Clavier and Philippe de Chauveron came to present their latest film Serial (bad) weddings. What a delight for some two hundred and fifty guests in attendance.

No less than thirty-three movies were submitted for consideration the online vote for 2014: Belle and Sebastian, Love Is in The Air, Paris-Manhattan, Yves Saint Laurent… By a just few votes, Blue is the warmest colour won the award (see the top ten below), a film distributed by Lionsgate. This love story has already resulted in the award of the 2013 Palme d’or to its director Abdellatif Kechiche, and – quite exceptionally – to its two actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. So, another award for this remarkable piece of cinema. Young and Beautiful directed by François Ozon came second, followed by Populaire, by Régis Roinsard.

Top ten - 2014 
1 Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adèle)
2 Young & Beautiful (Jeune & jolie)
3 Populaire
4 Yves Saint Laurent
5 The Past (Le passé)
6 Love Is in the Air
7 Paris-Manhattan
8 Belle and Sebastian
9 Fanny
10 The artist and the model

For this tenth year of London’s Favourite French film, Franceinlondon had also organized a vote for the last decade’s winning films. Amelie, Untouchable, Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (see the complete list below)… so many masterpieces that have entertained film fans in London. The Artist,with its irresistible Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, won first place in the end. The black and white silent movie was voted best French film in 2012; now it is the overall winner of the decade.

Winners of the last decade
2004 Amelie (Amélie Poulain)    
2005 The March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’Empereur)    
2006 A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles)    
2007 The Chorus (Les Choristes)    
2008 Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis    
2009 I’ve loved you so long (Il y a longtemps que je t’aime)    
2010 A Prophet (Un Prophète)    
2011 Little White Lies (Les Petits Mouchoirs)    
2012 The Artist    
2013 Untouchable (Intouchables)    

Rebecca Connell and Paul Ryan handed out the different awards to the winning distributors, applauded by the guests. Sixteen of the six thousand voters were lucky to win great prizes in the draw including a week-long stay in Paris for two, an Evidens de Beauté beauty set and a Creation Box “Romantic Gateway”… 

The screening of Serial (bad) weddings was followed by a Q&A session with Christian Clavier, the star of the film, and its director Philippe de Chauveron. The guest adjourned to music and a wonderful buffet supper provided by the evenings sponsors; Perrier Jouet champain, La cave à fromage platters of cheese, Chêne Bleu wines, Aux Pains de Papy assortment of irresistible desserts… a real feast! It was chic and relaxed, it was classy, it was great. Book early for next year!

The buffet


29/09/2014 - Florence.garland said :

Venus spécialement de Winchester pour cette soirée super sympa. On adore Christian Clavier à la maison. On a fait de grands jaloux. A renouveler l'an prochain! Merci encore.


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