Location: Suchitra Film Society, Banashakari
Date: Fri, 2012/06/29 (All day) – Sun, 2012/07/01 (All day)
The Alliance Française de Bangalore, Suchitra Film Society,
The Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde
Cinéma en Fête / French Film Festival
French films by well known directors hand picked by the French Embassy in India bring to you a slice of contemporary French cinema
OPEN TO ALL
Seating on a first-come-first-served-basis
Chicken With Plums (Poulet aux Prunes) by Marjanne Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (2011, 1h31)
Friday 29 June @ 7:00 pm
This film was part of the official competition of the Venise Film Festival 2011
Nasser-Ali, a talented musician, loses the will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. He searches for a replacement, and finding none that sounds quite the same, he vows to die. Eight days later, he does. This is the story of his last week of life, where we see flashbacks and flash forwards of his previous life and his children’s futures. We also see appearances of a nude Sophia Loren as well as the angel of death, Azarel. As we see his life, we realize exactly why he chose to end it and the profundity of this choice.
A Better Life (Une Vie Meilleure) by Cédric Kahn (2011, 1h50)
Saturday 30 June @ 4:30 pm
Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of 9-year-old child, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant.
With plenty of talent, energy, love and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves forced into a jungle of financing and bank loans that quickly overwhelms them. To bail them out, Nadia has to take a job in Canada, while Yann is forced to stay behind to save the restaurant.
Together, he and the child confront a relentless avalanche of creditors, an uncaring system and the daily grind from which there is no respite…
Yann finally understands that his only chance of salvation lies in joining his lover – as well as reuniting mother and child – by following Nadia to Canada and a better life. –Wild Bunch
Delicacy (La délicatesse) by David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos (2011, 1h48)
Saturday 30 June @ 7:00 pm
“Delicacy” is David Foenkinos’ adaptation of his award-winning novel “La Délicatesse,” which he co-directs with his brother, Stephane. It begins as a story of loss and grief, but soon becomes a story about a kiss—a crazy first kiss—and how two people go about unraveling the significance of such a kiss in the face of prejudice.
Nathalie, played by Audrey Tautou (Amelie, Coco Before Chanel) is a happy young Parisian who is devastated by the tragic loss of her husband, Francois (Pio Marmaï). In response, she throws herself into her work, remaining emotionally cut-off, until one day she openly kisses her co-worker, Markus (Francois Damiens). Markus is nothing like the charming, attractive man Francois was. He is gangly and socially awkward—not what one expects for the lovely Nathalie—and their peers can’t hide their disapproval. The tension of social discord is only magnified by Nathalie’s fickle attitude regarding Markus, who is simply crazy about her. And so their relationship teeters, developing in fits and starts throughout their protracted courtship.
Delicacy is adapted from David Foenkinos eighth novel, winner of 10 literary awards. The film was nominated for the César of Best Adapted Screnplay and Best First Film in 2012
Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou) by Gérard Hustache-Mathieu (2010, 1h42)
Sunday 1st July @ 4:30 pm
David Rousseau is a Parisian best-selling author of detective novels. When his aunt dies, he has to go to Mouthe, the coldest town in France, which is also the hometown of Candice Lecoeur, the blond spokesmodel of the Jura local cheese factory, who is convinced that she used to be Marilyn Monroe in a past life. When David arrives in Mouthe with a stalled imagination, Candice has just been found dead and the police close the case assuming it was a suicide. However, David does not believe it and starts investigating. Between Candice’s ex-husband, her book-critic lover, her therapist, the police chief, a rising politician, and any number of fans, David has more suspects than he knows what to do with. As the clues pile up, the line between fiction and reality begins to fray. Boasting strong lead performances and gorgeous wintertime landscapes, this modest but assured second feature from writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu succeeds in breathing fresh life into the thriller genre.
Poliss (Polisse) by Maïween (2010, 2h07)
Sunday 1st July @ 7:00 pm
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department’s Juvenile Protection Unit – taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group’s hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
Poliss won the Best Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2011