French Cinema on the International Scene


A glimpse of French Films at the world's pre-eminent festivals

French language cinema from around the world has swept the major international festivals this year. French films were well represented at Locarno, a festival renowned for showcasing new talent and edgy cinema.

BEST DIRECTOR: Cosmos, by cult Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, based on the 1965 seriocomic novel by Witold Gombrowicz
VARIETY PIAZZA GRANDE AWARD: La Belle saison, by Catherine Corsini
BEST SWISS NEWCOMER AWARD: Les Monts s’embrassent, by Laura Morales
BEST SHORT FILM: Le Barrage (The Big Dam), by NYU graduate Samuel Grandchamp (Switzerland/USA co-production).

French films also shine at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, with 44 in the main slate, not including French co-productions. Several other films are featured from Quebec, Belgium and Senegal.

French films also shine at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, with 44 in the main slate, not including French co-productions. Several other films are featured from Quebec, Belgium and Senegal.

The Venice Film Festival featured 23 French films (37 including French co-productions). Five were selected for the Official Competition (that figure increases to 11 when minority co-productions are incorporated – the equivalent of more than half the films in competition) and won 6 awards:

BEST ACTOR: Fabrice Luchini (L’Hermine) – Official Competition
BEST SCREENPLAY: Christian Vincent (L’Hermine) – Official Competition
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Emin Alper (Frenzy – Abluka) – Official Competition
EUROPE CINEMA LABEL & AUDIENCE PRICE: Leyla Bouzid (As I open My Eyes – A peine j’ouvre les yeux) – Venice Days Section
LAGUNA SUD PRIZE FOR BEST FILM: Lolo, by Julie Delpy – Venice Days Section
BEST ACTOR: Dominique Leborne (Tempête) – Orrizonti Section

New York Film Festival: these French/Belgian/Swiss films (with English subtitles) will be featured at the NYFF September 25 to October 11:

The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché)
Les Cowboys
In the Shadow of Women (L’Ombre des femmes)
My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse)
Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)
No Home Movie (documentary)

We look forward to bringing the best French language cinema from around the world to Greenwich and New York for the 12th edition of Focus on French Cinema, which will take place April 1-5, 2016.