This year the 19th edition of a film festival dedicated to French cinema is to be held on November, 23rd-30th, throughout the theaters of Prague, Brno, České Budĕjovice, Hradec Králové and Ostrava. The overture of the 2016 edition will be in the vein of la Belle Époque, named La danseuse, directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto, and starring the performer and actress Soko, alongside with Lily-Rose Depp and Gaspard Ulliel. The film, which was presented at Cannes Film Festival as a French-Czech coproduction, brings us into the captivating world of a cabaret star.
This edition will retain a focus on the career of the legendary actress Catherine Deneuve. It does this with a tribute focusing on a dedicated selection of films. Called “Focus on Catherine Deneuve”, it hosts five titles from the extraordinary filmography of the French diva.
The official selection for the festival features twelve premieres. Both the critics and the public alike have high expectations for the coming of such titles as Mal de Pierres, a direct selection from the Cannes Film Festival, the work of director Nicole Garcia that stars Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel. Jérôme Salle’s L’Odyssée, a biographical narrative of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his family, and the animated piece La Tortue Rouge, a winner of the Jury Special Award for the “Un Certain Regard” selection of the Cannes Film Festival will also feature amongst the premieres. Also, as part of the festival, ten unedited works will be competing for the Public Choice Awards TV5 Monde in the selection “Czech Critic’s Choice”, and this popular film night will be reprised in Prague. Special encounters with the directors will be an unforgettable occasion for the public, as they will get to interact with renowned masters of the film industry such as Stéphanie Di Giusto, Vincent Garenq, and Nicole Garcia. Finally, the selection of films offers to the public, some of the most recent successful French-produced films such as Juste la fin du monde, by director Xavier Dolan. This film was a winner of the Grand Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival and had an extraordinary cast including Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux. In addition, one can also find Juliette Binoche and Valérie Bruni Tedeschi in Bruno Dumont’s Ma loute. Finally, Lagerfeld – Confidential offers a behind closed doors look at Maison Chanel. Click here to read the whole program Spectators at the festival are going to be given the chance to treat themselves with a full immersion into French culture. The occasion of the French Film Festival will be replete with French specialty cuisine as well, provided by the festival’s official partners at Lucerna Passage from the 24th to the 26th, while “Actrices”, the photographic exhibition of Kate Berry, which honours the divas of the French cinema will be on display at Gallery 35 of the Prague French Institute (exhibition closes January 17th).