FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA 2021 (FFC2021) FESTIVAL FACTS- April 21- April 30, 2021
10,600 Virtual Viewings in CT/NY/NJ ( tri-state area)
13 Feature Films
6 U.S. Premieres
7 Connecticut Premieres
Audience Award: Summer of ’85 ( Eté ’85) directed by François Ozon with Félix Lefèbre, Benjamin Voisin, Philipine Velge and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Nominated for 12 César Awards, and set to be premiered at Cannes 2020, Summer of ’85 is a breezy first- love flashback to more innocent times. “ The nostalgia here is undercut by tragedy though no virus to blame in what feels like Ozon’s response to “ Call Me By Your Name”- his own effervescent account of two souls who found one another for a single reason, and how that shaped a young man’s sexual identity moving forward.( Peter Debrufe, Variety).
On- line Q & As with FFC2021 Director of Programming, Joe Meyers and other industry professionals: Mischa Aznavour, Raphael Balboni, Guilhem Caillard, Benoît Delépine, Charlène Favier, Nicole Garcia, Rémy Girard, Samir Guesmi, Basil Grunberger, Camélia Jordana, Gustave Kervern, Vincent Lacoste, Félix Lefebre, Chloé Maslo, Albane Masson, Noémie Merlant, Emmanuel Mouret,Karine Nguyen, Olivier Pairoux, Benoit Pilon, Neils Schneider, Marie- Castille Mention – Schaar, Ann Sirot, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Benjamin Voisin
Spotlight FFC2021: Focus on Belgian Cinema- Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Une Vie Démente(Madly in Life) directed by Raphael Balboni and Ann Sirot and U.S. Premiere of Spaceboy, directed by Olivier Pairoux.
Education: Special Screenings and workshops, Q & As virtually with The French American School (FASNY),The Ecole and Lyceum Kennedy. Since 2005, 25,000 students in both private and public schools have participated in the Focus on French Cinema “ Educational Screenings”.
Other events – Opening Night “ Virtual “ Red Carpet Cocktail” with introduction by Presenting Sponsor, BNP Paribas, in- person chocolate and gaufres tasting at Be Chocolat to celebrate Belgium cinema and final pre- closing night live reception at Bistro V and FIAF closing night screening.