Now in its 21st year, the French Film Festival starts in Sydney and Melbourne this week, with other cities to follow. As part of Trespass preview for the festival I picked some film highlights from the program, some I've had the pleasure to see already, and some I'm desperate to see.
Micmacs/ Micmacs À Tire-Larigot
This latest comedy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (of Amélie and Delicatessen fame) again looks at a group of misfits. The story follows the unlucky Bazil (Dany Boon), who is left with a bullet lodged in his brain after an accident. He teams up with an eclectic mix of scavengers to seek revenge on the weapon manufacturers who have caused him such pain. With the director’s usual sense of quirky humour, the film creates a charmingly detailed world in which the action unfolds.
I’m Glad my Mother is Alive/ Je suis Heureux que ma Mère soit Vivante
So disappointed White Material isn't screening in Sydney, fingers-crossed the rumours about its inclusion in the Sydney Film Festival are true.
Gainsbourg: Je T’aime…. Moi non Plus/ Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
The less you know about Philippe Lioret’s critically acclaimed film before watching it, the better. With strong political and social commentary, Welcome explores France’s treatment of refugees using a story of friendship between two men who both feel the pain of lost love and dislocation. Starring Vincent Lindon as Simon and new-comer Firat Ayverdi as Bilal, the film captures the devastating reality of France’s hard-line policies. With some screenings including a Q&A with the director, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the film whose success in France put increased public pressure on Nicolas Sarkozy.
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