12th Edition of Focus on French Cinema, April 1-5, 2016
The 12th edition of Focus on French Cinema explores the qualities, textures and rhythms of French-language film around the world. An effective springboard for promoting the French language internationally, Focus on French Cinema 2016 illustrates the power and range of contemporary French film-making with a selection of critically acclaimed films.
Exceptional films will once again be screened during the festival. This year’s guest of honor is Nathalie Baye. The world-renowned actress has been awarded four Césars, including one for the film Le Petit Lieutenant (The Little Lieutenant), released in 2005 and screened during the opening ceremony of the 2006 Focus on French Cinema. This year, the festival will present some of Baye’s most recent work as well as a retrospective of her award-winning performances, such as in François Truffaut’s La nuit américaine (Day for Night) or Daniel Vigne’s Le retour de Martin Guerre (The Return of Martin Guerre).
Focus on French Cinema 2016 offers a wide range of newly released feature films in the genres of comedy, romance, thriller, documentary, animation and theater. The selected films are all perceptive, inquisitive and deeply expressive.
In 2016, Focus on French Cinema (FFC) pays tribute to Lebanese cinema. Drawing upon its rich cultural, religious and linguistic diversity, Lebanon has produced since the 1920s more than 500 films of extraordinary quality. The 2016 festival showcases the potential in Lebanese filmmaking, which has been referred to as “the cinema of the future.”
The 5-day festival will present a fantastic line-up of films, including 18 feature-length films that garnered 15 wins and 45 nominations for the César and an Oscar nomination.
- En Mai, Fais ce qu’il te plaît (Darling Buds of May) - Opening Film, U.S. Premiere
Directed by Christian Carion with Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Matthew Rhys
The film will be presented by Director Christian Carion and one of the actors Matthew Rhys.
- Demain (Tomorrow) - UN screening
Directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. The film won a César for "Best Documentary". The film will be presented by Mélanie Laurent.
Directed by Xavier Giannoli with Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret.
Catherine Frot was awarded the César for "Best Actress".
- Le Dernier Coup de Marteau , (The Last Hammer Blow)
Directed by Alix Delaporte with Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois and Romain Paul.
The film will be presented by the director Alix Delaporte.
- Les Cowboys
Directed by Thomas Bidegain with François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, John C. Reilly.
- La Volante , (The Assistant)
Directed by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri with Nathalie Baye, Malik Zidi, Johan Leysen, Sabrina Seyvecou. The film will be presented by this year’s guest of honor, Nathalie Baye.
- Préjudice , (Prejudice)
Directed by Antoine Cuypers with Nathalie Baye, Arno Hintjens, Thomas Blanchard.
The film will be presented by Nathalie Baye, guest of honor.
- Encore Heureux
Directed by Benoît Graffin with Sandrine Kiberlain, Edouard Baer, Carla Besnaïou.
- La Tête Haute , (Standing Tall)
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot with Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier.
Rod Paradot was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role as Malony.
- La Vanité
Directed by Lionel Baier with Carmen Maura, Patrick Lapp, Ivan Georgiev. The film will be presented by the director Lionel Baier.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven with Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan. The film was nominated for the 2016 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse , (My Golden Days)
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin with Mathieu Almaric, Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Dinara Droukarova. The French newspaper Le Monde recently described Arnaud Desplechin as the "most Shakespearean of directors."
- L’Homme qui Répare les Femmes , (The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates)
Directed by Thierry Michel
- Le Retour de Martin Guerre
Directed by Daniel Vigne with Nathalie Baye, Gérard Depardieu. The film will be presented by the festival’s guest of honor, Nathalie Baye.
- Belle et Sébastien : L’aventure Continue (Belle and Sebastian: The Adventures Continues)
Directed by Christian Duguay with Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Thierry Neuvic et Margaux Châtelier.
- Dix pour Cent (Call My Agent!)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch and Lola Doillon with Nathalie Baye, Cécile De France, Françoise Fabian, Line Renaud, Joey Starr and Gilles Lellouche. The film will be presented by Dominique Besnehard, the producer, and Nathalie Baye.
- Guibord s’en-va-t’en Guerre (My Internship in Canada)
Directed by Philippe Falardeau with Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clement and Irden Exantus.
- La Vallée (The Valley)
Directed by Ghassan Salhab with Carlos Chahine, Carol Abboud and Fadi Abi Samra. The film will be presented by the actor Carlos Chahine.
Directed by Kad Merad with Kad Merad, Patrick Bosso and Julien Boisselier.
- La Vache (One Man and his Cow)
Directed by Mohamed Hamidi with Fatsah Bouyahmed, Lambert Wilson and Jamel Debouze.
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