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French Film Festival in Great Britain 2007

By Patricia Connell

French Film Festival UK 2007

20th April to 4th May

British cinemagoers see more French films on release now than they did a decade ago, but the French Film Festival UK (from 20
April to 4 May 2007) still has a vital role to play in throwing a spotlight on the vast majority of le cinéma français which never
makes it across the Channel.

All the films in the festival in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee do not as yet have a British
distributor in place – but the aim is to make the industry more aware of the potential of films beyond the chosen few due for
release. Its younger sister event the Rendezvous with French Cinema (based in London from 29th March to 1st April ) throws
the focus purely on films about to be released in the UK. After a link last year the events now have regained their individual
identities and separate time slots.

This year the selection of the French Film Festival UK will include films featuring some of the starriest names such as Isabelle
Huppert, Carole Bouquet, Gérard Depardieu, Mylène Demongeot, Kristin Scott-Thomas, and Monica Bellucci. Many actors and
directors will travel to the festival both in England and Scotland to talk with audiences about their work.

The Panorama section includes films by such celebrated names as Claude Chabrol (The Comedy of Power), Christian Vincent
(Four Stars), Costa-Gavras (The Ax) as well as Bertrand Blier (How Much Do You Love Me).

The Discovery section gives pride of place to new talents: Emmanuelle Bercot (Backstage); Emmanuel Carrère (The
Moustache), Michel Hazanavicius (OSS 117) and Philippe Faucon (The Betrayal).

The Rétro will look at the work of Christian Vincent by showing five of his films during the course of the festival. The director will
travel to the UK for the first time to present his latest film Four Stars and will give Masterclasses in three cities: Edinburgh,
Glasgow and London.

Cinéma Junior devoted to providing films suitable for a young audience, many of them attending in school groups, will feature
two films: The Time of the Pen-Holders by Daniel Duval and The Aeroplane by Cédric Kahn.

Cine Lumiere
Full Price £7.00 Concs and Members £5.00
Group rate (10+people) £5.00
Double Bill: Full Price £9.00 Concs £7.00
6 Film Pass £30.00 Concs £20.00
4 Film Pass £20.00 Concs £14.00
No disabled access

£6.50 (£5.50 concessions usually available for students, unemployed, disabled, over 60’s - all subject to availability unlesss otherwise stated)

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