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French films stretch from London to Los Angeles – via Beijing

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- Having already been showcased in China, French productions are also on the line-up at COLCOA in the United States and at the UK’s fifth Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

French films stretch from London to Los Angeles – via Beijing
Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski

Last night saw the start of the fifth edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which has been organised by UniFrance in the United Kingdom until 28 April. On the programme are ten feature films that will be screened at the Ciné Lumière and the Curzon Soho in London, followed by venues in Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Nottingham and Oxford. Featuring among them are 9 Month Stretch [+see also:
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by Albert Dupontel, Quai d'Orsay [+see also:
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by Bertrand Tavernier and Venus in Fur [+see also:
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by Roman Polanski (released on 30 May through Curzon Films World - Artificial Eye). Also of note are The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet [+see also:
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by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (released on 13 June by Entertainment One), Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
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by Marion Vernoux (which will be distributed from 20 June by Picturehouse), Belle et Sébastien [+see also:
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by Nicolas Vanier and two films on Soda Pictures’ line-up: Violette [+see also:
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by Martin Provost and Je m'appelle Hmmm... [+see also:
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by Agnès Troublé (aka Agnès b.). The programme is rounded off by an homage to Alain Resnais, including his classic film Hiroshima mon amour and his last opus, Life of Riley [+see also:
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(to be attended by the author and playwright Alan Ayckbourn on Saturday). Several artists will be present to accompany the films and to meet audiences, including Fanny Ardant, Dupontel (who will be joined on stage by Terry Gilliam on Monday 28th), Jeunet (who will be presenting his film on Sunday with Helena Bonham Carter), Vernoux, Agnès b. and Emmanuelle Seigner.

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French films are also in the spotlight on the other side of the Atlantic, at the COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels) Festival in Los Angeles, which kicked off last Monday and will come to a close on 28 April. The event is presenting a very extensive selection of 40 feature films, including several from younger generations, such as Suzanne [+see also:
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by Katell Quillévéré, Vandal [+see also:
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by Hélier Cisterne and La bataille de Solférino [+see also:
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by Justine Triet. Also standing out among the titles on the programme are movies such as Dany Boon’s Superchondriac [+see also:
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, Chinese Puzzle [+see also:
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by Cédric Klapisch, Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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by François Ozon, The Last Diamond [+see also:
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by Eric Barbier, Me Myself and Mum [+see also:
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by Guillaume Gallienne and François Dupeyron’s My Soul Healed by You [+see also:
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Lastly, French film production has just been enjoying a very fine showcase at the fourth Beijing International Film Festival, which drew to a close yesterday. After being opened by Christophe Gans Beauty and the Beast [+see also:
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, the event, in partnership with UniFrance, also programmed an overview of French cinema that will now start travelling around eight other Chinese cities: Chengdu, Jinan, Nankin, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xian and Yinchuan. Featuring among the titles in this collection are The Past [+see also:
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by Asghar Farhadi, Playing Dead [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Salomé, The Volcano [+see also:
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by Alexandre Coffre, Suzanne, Vandal, Michel Gondry’s L'écume des jours [+see also:
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, On My Way [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot and the Franco-Chinese co-production Le promeneur d'oiseau by Philippe Muyl, among others. Interestingly, the potential of the Chinese market and the possibility of it relaxing its quotas, which could be of benefit to French arthouse films, meant that a very sizeable delegation of French professionals accompanied the films to Beijing.

(Translated from French)

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