5 Films to See at the IFI French Film Festival
This week, the programme for the 2018 IFI French Film Festival was announced. In its 19th year, Ireland’s largest French cultural event will run for twelve days at the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 25 November. Featuring 19 Irish premières, the festival will also feature special guests Cédric Kahn, Claire Burger, Andréa Bescond, and Eric Métayer – all involved with movies to be screened.
In preparation for the event, Travel Ireland Magazine list the movies cinefiles should seek out.
Sink or Swim, November 15, 24
Acclaimed French stars Guillaume Canet (The Beach), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Braquo), Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace) and Virginie Efira (Elle), act in Tell No One star Gilles Lellouche’s first solo directing gig. Based on a true story, this tender comedy focuses on an unemployed family man in midlife crisis (Amalric) who joins an amateur male synchronised swimming team. There he bonds with the other swimmers as they tackle their demons by committing to the most unlikely of public acts.
Knife + Heart, November 20
Set in the porn industry in late 1970’s Paris, this high camp murder mystery thriller is described as ‘a playfully cine-literate ode to Italian Giallo cinema and the trashier films of Brian De Palma.’ Film director Anne (singer and former girlfriend of Johnny Depp Vanessa Paradis) is heartbroken when her editor Lois (Kate Moran) ends their affair. However, she soon has bigger problems to contend with when an unidentified serial killer begins to dispatch members of her troupe of actors in increasingly gruesome fashion.
I Feel Good, November 24
Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin stars as Jacques, a ‘good-for-nothing loser businessman’.’ He is estranged from his big-hearted sister, Monique (Yolande Moreau), a model of comradeship and solidarity, who runs a charity village providing support for homeless people. After a number of years Jacques shows up at Monique’s work offering low-cost plastic surgery in Bulgaria, selling the promise of beauty to her residents. Set in the real Emmaüs village at Lescar-Pau in Southern France and casting residents of the village, Variety say the comedy is Dujardin’s best role since his acclaimed turn in The Artist.
Girl, November 25
A gender non-conforming teenager prepares for imminent sex reassignment surgery whilst having to prove their credentials at a prestigious dance company in this drama which picked up the Caméra d’Or award for best debut feature at Cannes this year. Belgian’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at next year’s Oscars and already snapped up by Netflix for distribution, see it before it arrives on the streaming service in the coming months.
Maya, November 25
The festival’s closing film centres on 32-year-old war photographer Gabriel who returns to Paris having been held hostage for four months in Syria. Suffering from PTSD and struggling to readjust and connect with friends and family, he impulsively leaves for India where he spent his childhood with his godfather. There he encounters Maya, his godfather’s teenage daughter and a relationship tentatively builds between them, despite their differences in age. From acclaimed filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Things to Come), programmers say the film is a gorgeous, contemporary drama.
The full list of films and tickets are available from www.ifi.ie/frenchfest.