French cinema hits its stride in the United Kingdom

French cinema hits its stride in the United Kingdom

The 2012 Rendev-vous with French Cinema in London & Edinburg are back for the third consecutive year, from 21 through 25 March.

UniFrance Films will show 8 French films chosen in close collaboration with local distributors, who will release them in United Kingdom in the next few months. The films are presented to the British public at premiere screenings in partner cinemas in London and Edinburg: the Curzon Soho, Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumière, Clapham Picturehouse, and the Filmhouse.

A discussion with a journalist, as well as a debate with the public will end each screening. These discussions will be led by journalists Ian Haydn Smith, Jason Wood, and Paul Ryan.

Selection and delegation

A Gang Story by Olivier Marchal (distributor: E1 Entertainment , releasing May 18).
Angèle et Tony by Alix Delaporte, (distributor: Peccadillo, releasing May 4), in the presence of the director and actress Clotilde Hesme.
The Beloved by Christophe Honoré (distributor: New Wave, releasing May 11), in the presence of the director and actresses Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni.
Delicacy by David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos (distributor: StudioCanal UK, releasing April 13), in the presence of both directors.
Free Men by Ismaël Ferroukhi (distributor: Artificial Eye, releasing May 25), in the presence of the director and actor Tahar Rahim.
Goodbye First Love! by Mia Hansen-Love (distributeur: Artificial Eye, releasing May 4), in the presence of the director.
The Source by Radu Mihaileanu (distributor: Picturehouse, releasing June 8) in the presence of the director and actress Leïla Bekhti.
Tales of the Night by Michel Ocelot (distributor: Soda Pictures, releasing May 25).

French film results at the British box office have been particularly noteworthy since the beginning of the year. The Artist scooped up 7 BAFTA awards mid-February, thus becoming the French film that has received the most awards in this ceremony's history. The film has attracted 1.5 million spectators, making it the most-seen French film in ten years.
A Monster in Paris has also carved out a fine career. With 500,000 admissions, its score can be compared with the achievements of French animation films in the United Kingdom, with Arthur and the Invisibles and The Magic Roundabout in the lead.
With more than 2 million admissions in two months, French cinema has already reached two thirds of all 2011 admissions in the United Kingdom (3.2 million admissions).

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