Our selection is so wide that choice is more difficult. We loved all the movies we selected for the French Film Festival 2022. If we had to reduce the selection to 15 movies, here is the list we would give for 13 Festival exclusives.
You can also take our French workshops, including one on Discovering Cinema (Découvrir le Cinéma).
Quentin Dupieux’s atmosphere is one of a true personal world. He produces at least two films each year, every time a mix of absurd and fun. We try to propose one of his films at each festival. We had Mandibles [Mandibules] in 2020, and now we bring the Hong Kong audience the latest film in 2022.
What to say about Annie Ernaux better than herself? She told a lot in her books, but our recent Literature Nobel Prize 2022 wrapped up her personal video footage of the 70s into a wonderful and mesmerizing work that brings the audience into her world. A must-see.
This extraordinary documentary plunges into the heart of a giant Oak tree and reveals its entire ecosystem. A mesmerizing dive into nature.
This film comes as a tribute to Sempé, the creator with Goscinny of this extraordinary character of Le Petit Nicholas. The film mixes media, animation,and reels, and is a poetic evocation of how the stories came to life.
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Monia Chokri's work is unclassifiable, and for her second film, she delivers a story, a sort of remake of Pasolini's Theorem, about a young babysitter who comes to stir up trouble in a family, but above all to reveal the deep troubles and imbalances that characterise it.
Funny, offbeat, crazy.
All three movies should be considered as tryptic and offer a different angle on the 2015 attacks in Paris. All three are inseparable in this regard and are worth watching. Revisiting the trauma is, of course, an ordeal, but it helps to understand modern resilience.
We love the world of Pierre Lemaître, and his novel See You Up There (Au Revoir Là-Haut) was adapted to cinema 5 years ago. Following is The Colors of Fire where we dive into the story of the incredible Madeleine Péricourt, her son and friends in the France in the 20s and 30s. Picaresque.
The movie is one of the highlights of the festival and one of its opening films. The symbol of Notre-Dame and the emotion that spread throughout the entire world watching the flames burning this antique monument deserved a film. Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Seven Years in Tibet), our most international French director with Luc Besson, brings this docu-drama genre to its best expression.
This nostalgic film, about the personal questions of a great French chef who goes in search of Umami, the ultimate secret of gastronomy, is a journey of initiation carried by Gérard Depardieu, who wanders through Japan and into himself.
We love Emmanuel Mouret and all his work has a little taste of Truffaut and that New Wave we love. His latest film offers a terribly French pas-de-deux (or even pas-de-trois) love affair in all its lightness, distance and humour. Delicious.
Simone Veil was one of the leading figures in French politics after De Gaulle and became the first President of the European Parliament. The public gradually discovered, after the fact, her poignant story marked by the darkest events of 20th century European history.
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