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Le Long Weekend
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Le Long Weekend, a festival of new and classic French films

From 08/05/2013 to 12/05/2013

France's famously robust film industry has exceeded expectation in recent years with the breadth and qualities of its productions. Le Long Weekend, a new mini festival, is an opportunity to both preview major new French releases ahead of their British cinema release as well as bring UK audiences some outstanding new French cinematic gems that would not otherwise be seen here.

Festival highlights include Régis Roinsard's glamorous retro rom-com 'Populaire' and Claude Miller's much anticipated 'Therese Desqueyroux' starring Audrey Tatou, based on François Mauriac’s eponymous book. Popular French actor comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in the UK premiere of 'Capital', set in the world of high finance, which will be followed by a Q&A with veteran director Costa-Gavras, while Bob Geldof is the somewhat unexpected guest actor in the adaptation of Justine Levy's novel 'Bad Girl', directed by Patrick Mille. 

The Full Programme


UK Preview – Wednesday 8th May – Cineworld Fulham Road – 8.30 pm 


Dir. Régis Roinsard | France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 111 mins | Cast: Romain Duris, Deborah Francois, Berenice Bejo 

César Nominations 2013 for Best Music, Best First Feature, Best Photography, Best Costumes and Production Design 

Régis Roinsard’s debut is a charming retro rom-com set in the 1950s, that shifts the Eliza Doolittle / Henry Higgins dynamic into the dazzling world of speed typing contests. After having left her small village, in which she was promised to a dead-end future, Rose decides to settle into the city of Lisieux where she meets her destiny. 


Free Men (Les hommes libres)

Thursday 9th May – Tricycle - 7 pm 

Dir. Ismael Ferroukhi | France 2011 | French with English subtitles | 99 mins | Cast; Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale and Mahmud Shalaby 

Story of Younes, a young Algerian (Tahar Rahmin, A Prophet), who agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque to avoid a jail sentence. Younes’ 


Bad Girls (Mauvaise fille)

UK Premiere - Thursday 9th May – Tricycle - 9 pm 

Dir. Patrick Mille | France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 108 mins | Cast: Bob Geldof, Carole Bouquet, Arthur Dupont and Izia Higelin 

César Award 2013 for Best Promising Actress- Izia Higelin 

Film adaptation of Justine Levy, daughter of leading French (and Jewish) philosopher Bernard Henri Levy. Bob Geldof. Geldof plays Georges, the father of 20-something Louise, who has to deal with her mother's disease at the same time that she learns she is expecting a baby with boyfriend actor, Pablo. 


Therese Desqueyroux

Saturday May 11th May - 9:30 pm 

Dir. Claude Miller | France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 110 mins | Cast: Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche 

Marvellously played by the luminous (and Jewish) Audrey Tautou, Thérèse is a heroine hewn from the same stock as Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, suffocated by her provincial marriage. Tautou stars as a provincial housewife in 1920s France, whose suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom, in the late director Claude Miller's exquisite adaptation of the classic novel by François Mauriac, which closed the Cannes Film Festival. 


(Almost) Charming

UK Premiere – Brunch screening – Sunday 12th May - 12 pm Brunch & 12:30 Film 

Dir. Philippe Lellouche | Writers: Philippe Lellouche and Luc Besson | France 2013 | French with English subtitles | 88 mins | Cast: Vincent Perez, Vahina Giocante, Jacques Weber 

Jean-Marc’s road trip to the south of France for his only daughter’s wedding is threatened by a pressing business deal and then a general strike. But when the beautiful Marie asks for a ride, Jean-Marc’s life is turned upside down. 


What the Owes the Night (Ce que le jour doit à la nuit)

UK Premiere – Sunday 12th May – Tricycle - 3:30 pm 

Dir. Alexandre Arcady | France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 159 mins | Cast; Nora Arzeneder, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Anne Parillaud 

An epic tale of impossible love by the leading Jewish Algerian director Alexandre Arcady. Set amid the simmering tensions of French-Algerian relations between the 1940s and 1960s. Nine year-old Younes builds up a special relationship with the beautiful Emilie. Only later does he learn, when they meet again as adults, that a tragic error has changed his life forever. 


Capital (Le Capital) – Le Long Weekend Gala

Sunday 12th May – Tricycle - 6:45 Reception & 7:30 pm Film - Q&A with film director Costa-Gavras 

Dir. Costa-Gavras | France 2012 | French with English subtitles | 114 mins | Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Natacha Regnier 

San Sebastian2012 Nomination for Best Feature 

Winner of the Solidarity Award at the 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival and directed by the Oscar-winning Costa Gavras (Missing, Music Box, Z), Capital is a thoroughly entertaining spoof melodrama set in the contemporary world of high finance. When appointed as head of a French bank, Marc Tourneuil’s ruthless ambition becomes apparent as he stops at nothing to keep his newly acquired position. 

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