A Better Life among 12 French films showcased in Rome
by Fabien Lemercier
With Italy being an important market for French cinema, Gallic productions are well-represented in the line-up at the 6th Rome International Film Festival, which kicks off today. Highlights among the 12 selected features (excluding minority co-productions) include three titles in competition: Cédric Kahn’s A Better Life [+see also:
interview: Cédric Kahn
film profile] (starring Guillaume Canet – see news – to be released in France on January 4, 2012) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s French/Polish/UK feature The Woman in the Fifth [+see also:
film profile] (starring Kristin Scott Thomas – see news – to be released in France on November 16), which were both unveiled at Toronto; and Claude Miller’s Watch While They Dance [+see also:
film profile] (released in French theatres last August – see news).
Screening out of competition are two films also shown at Toronto: Luc Besson’s The Lady [+see also:
film profile] (see news), which will open the Rome fest; and Anne Fontaine’s co-production My Worst Nightmare [+see also:
film profile] (see news).
The Spettacolo Special Screenings will show Christophe Barratier’s War of the Buttons [+see also:
film profile] (see news and news). Meanwhile, the L’Altro Cinema/Extra competitive programme has selected Frédéric Jardin’s French/Belgian/Luxembourg co-production Sleepless Night [+see also:
interview: David Grumbach
film profile] (unveiled at Toronto), and Maryam Keshavarz’s French/Irish/US feature Circumstance [+see also:
Finally, the Alice in the City narrative features competition will host world premieres of Gilles Martinerie’s Le Diable Dans la Peau [+see also:
film profile] (“The Devil Under the Skin”, see news) and Siegfried’s Kids’ Stories. This section also includes Emmanuelle Millet’s Twiggy [+see also:
film profile] (which attracted attention at Toronto, and see news) and Zabou Breitman’s No and Me [+see also:
film profile] (released in France a year ago – see news).
(Translated from French)
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