To spotlight France’s young filmmakers, the first ever online French film festival will run January 14 to 29, 2011, thanks to Unifrance and Allociné, France’s Centre National de la Cinématographie and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ten features (either from first or second time directors, with recent French releases), ten shorts and select classic films will be available via Video On Demand with several language subtitle options. They will award three prizes: one voted by online public viewers, another by foreign bloggers and another by the international press.
As of December, the festival’s site, myfrenchfilmfestival.com, will be up with trailers and interviews. Festival selections include:
FEATURE FILM SELECTION
Adieu Gary by Nassim Amaouche with Jean-Pierre Bacri
In a working class city, abandoned by most of its population, some inhabitants stay in spite of everything because they were born and grew up there: Francis, Samir and Sarah (who believes that Gary Cooper is her father and is waiting for him).
Bus Palladium by Christopher Thompson with Marc-André Grondin.
A rock’n roll band, a group of friends who have met with success, and a girl who will disrupt it all.
Complices by Frédéric Mermoud with Gilbert Melki and Emmanuelle Devos
Two police detectives are investigating the disappearance of a teenage couple and find themselves confronted with the problems in their own lives.
Espion(s) by Nicolas Saada with Guillaume Canet and Géraldine Pailhas
A young baggage handler is hired as spy by the French counter-intelligence agency after being involved in spite of himself in an affair involving the explosion of a diplomatic pouch in an airport.
La Famille Wolberg by Axelle Ropert with François Damiens
Simon Wolberg is the mayor of a small provincial town, loving husband, overbearing father and provocative son. The film recounts the escapades of this man obsessed with his family.
L’Autre by Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Tridivic with Dominique Blanc
Anne-Marie leaves Alex when she realizes they no longer have the same aspirations: he wants to settle down, she wants to keep her freedom. But when Alex finds a new mistress, Anne-Marie becomes crazy with jealousy.
Le Bal des actrices by Maïwenn with Karin Viard and Charlotte Rampling
A director is shooting a documentary film on actresses. She shows all their personalities: manipulative, fragile, lying, moving, etc. But she quickly gets involved in their little games, for better or worse. [Pictured]
Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront by Léa Fehner with Pauline Etienne and Reda Kateb
Three people are brought together by chance in a prison visiting room: Stéphane who was just offered the deal of his life, Zorah who is trying to deal with her son’s death, and Laure, who has fallen in love for the first time with a convict.
Tête de Turc by Pascal Elbé with Roschdy Zem and Ronit Elkabetz
A teenager of 14, an emergency doctor, a cop looking for revenge, a mother fighting for her family, a man crushed by his wife’s death see their destinies linked after an accident.
Tout ce qui brille by Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran with Leïla Bekhti
Ely and Lila are childhood friends living in the Paris suburbs. They dream of entering a world they don’t belong to, where everything seems to shine like gold.
Classic film not in competition:
French Cancan by Jean Renoir (1955) with Jean Gabin
SHORT FILM SELECTION
Babel by Hendrick Dusollier
Cabossés by Louise Prémonville
Chienne d’histoire by Serge Avédikian
C’est gratuit pour les filles by Claire Burger and Marie Amachoukeli
¿Dónde está Kim Basinger? by Edouard Deluc
En attendant que la pluie cesse by Charlotte Joulia
L’Homme à la Gordini by Jean-Christophe Lie
Mémoire d’une jeune fille dérangée by Keren Marciano
Petit dragon by Bruno Collet
Une pute et un poussin by Clément Michel