Now in its 11th year, Focus on French Cinema, the acclaimed showcase for new cinema from France and across the French-speaking world, returns to Connecticut and New York March 27- 31st with an exciting line-up of 16 feature films including 1 World Premiere, 6 U.S. Premieres, 2 New York Premieres, 25 César Nominations, 10 César Wins, and 1 Oscar Nomination, as well as an award-winning selection of short films.
Presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich, CT in partnership with Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, UniFrance Films, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), and SUNY Purchase College, Focus on French Cinema will take place at Greenwich’s Bow Tie Cinemas, as well IFC Center and FIAF in New York.
The festival opens with the U.S. premiere of Jean-Paule Rouve’s family dramedy Memories (Les Souvenirs), starring Michel Blanc and Annie Cordy, at the Bow Tie Cinemas in
Greenwich, CT. Closing Night is Number One Fan (Elle l’adore), a comedic thriller about the slippery nature of fame and fandom, nominated for the 2015 César for Best Actress (Sandrine Kiberlain) and Best First Film (Jeanne Herry), at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall in New York.
Other U.S. Premieres include The Little Queen, based on the true story of a young cyclist who became embroiled in one of Canada’s biggest sports scandals; I Kissed a Girl, a comedy about a gay man who discovers he may be a closeted heterosexual; Swiss romantic drama Pause; The Clearstream Affair, a thriller about an investigative journalist who uncovered Luxembourg’s notorious financial scandal; and, in its World Premiere, the documentary The Pursuit of Endurance… On the Shoulders of Shackleton, following a group of explorers who retraced the epic endurance expedition.
The selection also includes acclaimed features Life of Riley, legendary director Alain Resnais’s final film; Hippocrates, a darkly comic look at the inner workings of a Paris hospital and winner of the 2015 César for Best Supporting Actress; Oscar-nominated drama Timbuktu, winner of seven César awards including Best Film, about the corrosive effects of religious fundamentalism in Mali; Minuscule, winner of the 2015 César for Best Animated Film, about a ladybug caught between two tribes of warring ants; and On the Way to School, winner 2014 César for Best Documentary, which follows four children on the extraordinary paths they take to get to school.