As is the case every year, the small Swiss town of Bienne will soon be transformed into a crossroads of French-language cinema, with the 12th edition of the Biel/Bienne French Film Festival (Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie) to be held from September 14 through 18. Around twenty special guests and sixty films will represent the colors of the French flag, as reflected in the festival's logo on the event's ever-stylish official poster.
The festival program brings together several sections, including the Grand Premieres program, which will showcase the eagerly-awaited titles From the Land of the Moon by Nicole Garcia, Heal the Living From the Land of the Moon by Katell Quillévéré, and Cézanne and I From the Land of the Moon by Danièle Thompson, as well as the Swiss Premieres section, which includes the latest films by Tran Anh Hung, Joachim Lafosse, and Justine Triet.
In the Horizon section, audiences will have the chance to discover The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi, Polina From the Land of the Moon by Angelin Preljocaj & Valérie Müller, and The Dancer by Stéphanie Di Giusto.
The Discovery section (which includes short films in competition) will present recent films by Audrey Estrougo, Bouli Lanners, Lola Doillon, and Vatché Boulghourian.
The festival will host a pre-opening ceremony featuring a screening of A Woman's Life by Stéphane Brizé. The Dardenne brothers are to be special guests of the Encounters section, for which they will take part in a discussion between artists and audiences on stage at the Rex Cinema.
This year, it is Ariane Ascaride who lent her talent, wit, and eloquence to the creation of the festival's now customary highly-fictionalized trailer, which you can watch here.
All further information can be found on the festival's official website.
Clin d'œil au Cinéma Suisse (A Nod to Swiss Cinema):