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23 December 2020 à 10:48
International press roundup: December 2020
As the year draws to an end, press outlets around the world have reported on French films at four festivals and covered a number of theatrical releases, notably in Europe and Asia, where a glowing tribute to the ultimate icon of French cinema was published.
In China, the media outlet Ifeng.com proudly highlights seventeen years of strengthened cultural links between France and China thanks to the French Film Panorama in China, which is currently taking place until January 15, 2021.
In Germany, the Berlin daily Die Tageszeitung sang the praises of the Berlin French Film Week (Nov. 26–Dec. 2): "Certain festivals are unstoppable and screen more challenging films, like the documentary Adolescents."
In the Netherlands, De Filmkrant called on the public to attend the Tapis Rouge Festival (Dec. 10–15), proclaiming: "France is the only country in Europe that from time immemorial has had a consistent and vibrant movie industry. Whoever organizes a French film festival can be sure that there will always be interesting films to show."
The Prince's Voyage has hit movie screens in Croatia, and Medijska Pismenost, which provides a guide to high-quality content for young audiences, described the film by Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard as "an informative story about xenophobia and the shock of civilizations […]. A touching message that inspires optimism."
Also reporting on the film, Aktuality.sk posed the question: "Why watch a French film by a Japanese director?"
The biopic De Gaulle has arrived in theaters in Western European countries, notably in Spain, where El Mundo stressed the importance of reviving the memory of this famous political figure through the cinema on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Also in Spain, El País published an in-depth interview with Gaspar Noé following the release of Lux Æterna, which it described as "a highly contemporary hybrid of auteur filmmaking and high-end advertising in the form of a ferocious satire on the movie industry."
Meanwhile, Diário de Notícias characterized The Best is Yet to Come as "perhaps the biggest surprise of the season […]. A mix of laughter and tears and a large dose of common sense."
In Asia, the eagerly anticipated release of Portrait of a Lady on Fire has earned a swathe of compliments in the Japanese press: "The beauty of a masterpiece," "A picturesque and sensual tale."
A GLOBAL TRIBUTE
In Brazil, Estado de Minas referred to "the always revolutionary Godard":
And for the Berlin daily Berliner Zeitung, Godard is seen as the "master of the movements of cinematic thought."
Long live cinema!
Best wishes for the festive season!
Latest update : 23 December 2020 à 10:48 CET