Film Festival of the Week: French Film Festival, various venues, nationwide
Saturday 03 November 2012
Francophones, rejoice. From arthouse joy to genre japes, animation to auteur workouts, a feast of French film will be served at cinemas from London to Inverness for this festival's 20th birthday.
Populist pleasures include Astérix and Obélix: in Britain, with Gérard Depardieu; Sophie Marceau romcom Happiness Never Arrives Alone; and the animated charmer Ernest and Celestine, from the directors of A Town Called Panic.
More stringent offerings include the family tragi-drama Our Children, starring Rosetta's Emilie Dequenne, and Mathieu Kassovitz's thriller Rebellion, while auteur cinema is represented by Ridicule director Patrice Leconte's deceptively upbeat animation The Suicide Shop, a Chantal Akerman season, and more.
Starry movies include My Worst Nightmare, fronted by Isabelle Huppert, while a strand devoted to films from tyro talents offers you the chance to discover fresh work before Hollywood remakes it.
Thursday to 2 December, frenchfilmfestival.org.uk
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