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French/Francophone Films at the GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Discover our selection of French & Francophone films at the Glasgow Film Festival which takes place between 21st February and 4th March.

Find out more information about this year’s festival and book your tickets here.


OUR SELECTION

The Rise And Fall Of A Small Film Company / Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1986)

Thu 22 Feb (1.30pm) at the CCA / Sat 24 Feb (6.30pm) at the GFT

Made in 1986 and never released theatrically, The Rise and Fall of a Small Cinema Company is a typically playful, witty Jean-Luc Godard provocation.
As a small production company struggles to mount a screen version of a James Hadley Chase potboiler, Godard mischievously deconstructs the filmmaking process. An absurdist, Brechtian satire becomes a lament for all the lost dreams of directors once beguiled by the magic of the movies. A comic, melancholy jolt of vintage Godard, with a spectacularly overwrought Jean-Pierre Leaud starring as exasperated director Gaspard Bazin.

1h32m / French with English subtitles, N/C 12+


Stand Up, Girl / C’est tout pour moi (Nawell Madani & Ludovic Colbeau-Justin, 2017)

Fri 23 Feb (8.30pm) & Sat 24 Feb (4pm) at the GFT

A star is born as Belgian comedian Nawell Madani transforms her own experiences into a knockout tale of persistence, determination and triumphing against all the odds.
Lila (Madani) grows up in the high rises of Marolles in Brussels, dreaming of becoming a dancer who takes the hip-hop world by storm. She leaves all that she holds dear, including her disapproving father, to move to Paris where she discovers some cold, hard truths. Disillusionment and disappointment drag her down but she starts to find her true calling as a feisty and hilarious stand-up comedian.

Nawell Madani will be attending the screening on Fri 23 Feb.

1h39m / French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Let the Sunshine In / Un beau soleil intérieur (Claire Denis, 2017)

Sat 24 Feb (6pm) & Mon 26 Feb (3.45pm) at the GFT

Juliette Binoche is the luminous heart of this wry romantic drama from Claire Denis. Newly divorced, middle-aged painter Isabelle (Binoche) is looking for love but what does that even mean, and who could possibly match her requirements? Finding out involves heartache, indecision and dalliances with an angry banker, a self-absorbed actor and a stranger she meets on the dance floor. An elegant, witty exploration of love and desire with a moody soundtrack courtesy of Stuart Staples from the band Tindersticks.

1h34m / French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Revenge
(Coralie Fargeat, 2017)

Sat 24 Feb (8.15pm) & Thu 1 Mar (11pm) at the GFT

Never underestimate the power of a vengeful woman. Coralie Fargeat’s nasty blood-soaked, Grand Guignol debut commands full attention .
Jen (Matilda Lutz) heads to a remote desert villa with her millionaire boyfriend Richard (Kevin Janssens) for a wild romantic weekend. The mood shifts when two of his boorish hunting buddies decide to join the fun. Jen’s mere presence is taken as an indication of availability. The men act on their worst impulses, ultimately provoking a nerve jangling cat-and-mouse game in which Jen emerges as a relentless, righteous warrior of bloody retribution.

1h48m / English and French with English subtitles, N/C 18+


Faces Places / Visages villages (Agnès Varda & JR, 2017)

Sun 25 Feb (6.15pm) & Mon 26 Feb (1pm) at Cineworld Renfrew Street

The inspirational, Oscar-winning Agnès Varda has been making films for over 60 years yet retains an insatiable curiosity, passion and energy. Her collaboration with photographer/muralist JR salutes the urge to create art, and the duty to celebrate life. These two kindred spirits are full of mischief and irreverence as they travel to small communities, villages and farms, discovering that everyone has a story to tell. From a solitary farmer to an indispensable postman and a trio of dockworkers, every encounter inspires a giant photo in this joyous, utterly irresistible road movie.

1h29m / French with English subtitles, N/C 8+


120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) / 120 battements par minutes (Robin Campillo, 2017)

Mon 26 Feb (7.45pm) & Tue 27 Feb (1pm) at the GFT

Revisiting elements of his own experience, Robin Campillo has created a bustling fresco of the personalities and politics of the ACT UP Paris LGBTQI community during the 1990s.
The sense of urgency, authenticity and attention to detail is exemplary as individual stories come into sharper focus. We follow hot-headed Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) as he falls under the spell of gravely handsome newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois). A moving, lump-in-the-throat love story is matched by a celebration of the power of activism to awaken an indifferent world in this superb drama.

2h24m / French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Custody / Jusqu’à la garde (Xavier Legrand, 2017)

Tue 27 Feb (8.40pm) & Wed 28 Feb (3.50pm) at the GFT

Xavier Legrand won the Venice Film Festival Best Director prize for this, his debut feature: a tense, gripping depiction of the fallout from a bitter custody battle.
Miriam (Léa Drucker) has left her husband Antoine (Denis Ménochet) and is now seeking sole custody of their son Julien (Thomas Gioria). Both sides seem to be hiding something, and with accusations of violence, the judge must decide whether or not to give a seemingly repentant Antoine the benefit of the doubt. Her decision marks the beginning of a brilliantly acted, tautly handled drama in which Legrand calmly escalates the tension towards breaking point.

1h34m / French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Breathless / A bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godart, 1960)

Wed 28 Feb (10.30am) at the GFT

Five years after Rebel Without a Cause, Nouvelle Vague’s own rebel Jean-Luc Godard brought a very different sensibility to his portrait of an angry, iconoclastic generation restless for change.
Jean-Paul Belmondo’s Michel models himself on macho American tough guys and doesn’t abide by anyone’s rules, arriving in Paris from the Riviera with the law on his tail. He treats his American girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg) with disdain, yet hopes she will join him on his reckless adventure as they hurtle towards oblivion. A stylistically daring tale of love on the run.

1h30m / English & French with English subtitles, PG


The Guardians / Les Gardiennes (Xavier Beauvois, 2017)

Wed 28 Feb (15.50pm) & Thu 1 Mar (1.15pm) at the GFT

The devastating impact of the First World War is poignantly captured in this painstakingly crafted drama from Of Gods and Men director Xavier Beauvois .
When the men march off to war, formidable matriarch Hortense (Nathalie Baye) takes control of the Paridier farm. She hires hardworking orphan Francine (a magnetic Iris Bry) during the harvest season who quickly becomes part of the family. When Hortense’s son Georges (Cyril Descours) returns from the battlefields, it threatens a delicate balance in a rural community poised between tradition and change.

2h14m, French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Madame(Amanda Sthers, 2017)

Wed 28 Feb (8.25pm) & Thu 1 Mar (3.45pm) at the GFT

Pedro Almodovar favourite Rossy de Palma sparkles in this modern day Cinderella story, set in a fairytale vision of Paris.
Wealthy American ex-pats Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel) are planning a sumptuous dinner for their closest friends. When the guest list becomes an unlucky 13, Anne insists that loyal maid Maria (de Palma) joins the table in the guise of a mysterious Spanish noblewoman. Her instructions not to talk, laugh, eat or drink are impossible to obey, and soon she has charmed a British aristocrat. Revealing the truth seems the last thing on anyone’s mind...

1h31m /English, Spanish & French with English subtitles, N/C 15+


Ravenous / Les Affamés (Robin Aubert, 2017)

Fri 2 Mar (6.30pm at the GFT)

The zombie apocalypse has begun. But for the still-human residents of rural Quebec, there’s no chance of receiving assistance from the community or government. Lone survivors must figure things out for themselves, even if it means risking death, joining tentative forces and telling jokes to ease the gloom.
Taking an off-kilter approach to the genre, Robin Aubert crafts a welcome addition to the Living Dead canon: one that examines issues of isolation and neglect, human connection, sentimental attachment and the necessities of sacrifice with a wicked sense of humour and knack for the surreal.

1h40m / French with English subtitles, N/C 18+


The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales / Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes... (Patrick Imbert & Benjamin Renner, 2017)

Sat 3 Mar (3.15pm) & Sun 4 Mar (12noon) at the CCA

The latest treat from the creators of Ernest & Célestine is another beautifully hand-drawn animated feature that is sure to delight the kids: three heartwarming stories filled with fun, adventure and lots of animals.
In ‘A Baby to Deliver’, Rabbit, Duck and Pig face the task of returning a human baby to its parents. ‘The Big Bad Fox’ finds a sneaky fox taking an unconventional route to nabbing a hen, whilst ‘The Perfect Christmas’ has Rabbit and Duck convinced that they have to fill the shoes of Santa Claus and deliver presents around the world.

All tickets £5.50.

1h23m / French with English subtitles, N/C 5+


Cold Skin(Xavier Gens, 2017)

Fri 2 Mar (8.45pm) at the GFT

At the vanguard of French extreme cinema, director Xavier Gens made his name with Frontiere(s) and The Divide. Now he tackles Guillermo del Toro territory with a stunning adaptation of Albert Sánchez Piñol’s acclaimed novel that’s part HP Lovecraft, part Joseph Conrad, and an all gripping nightmare.
At the dawn of the First World War a young man arrives at a desolate Antarctic Circle island to take up the post of weather observer. Each night, a race of amphibious humanoids emerge from the seas to besiege him and his rancorous lighthouse keeper companion. How much horror can the human heart endure?

Director Xavier Gens will be attending the screening.

1h48m / N/C 18+


Find out more information about this year’s festival and book your tickets here.

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