Focus on French Cinema is back for a five-day festival in Connecticut and New York!
As Spring arrives, so will the French film festival season! Coming back for its fourteenth year, Focus on French Cinema (FFC), presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich, CT, returns to Connecticut and Manhattan for a five-day festival from April 27-May 1 with an impressive line-up.
The festival will present new French and francophone cutting-edge cinema, and will open in Greenwich, CT, with Albert Dupontel’s César-winner See you up there (Au revoir là-haut) and close in New York City with Gaël Morel’s Catch the Wind, (Prendre le Large) an inspirational drama starring Sandrine Bonnaire and one of France’ critics favorites from the past few months.
FFC has announced an exciting lineup of 18 feature-length films in five days, including World and U.S. Premieres, multiple César nominees and winners, award-winning short films and continued support of Québecois Cinema based on the FFC partnership with Cinemania, an award winning francophone film festival in Montréal.
The 14th edition honors extraordinary women in cinema who are driven by a sense of freedom and independence, including Laetitia Dosch, Natalie Fuchs, Camélia Jordana, Sara Giraudeau, Colombe Savignac, Léonor Serraille as well as outstanding performances by established stars like Fanny Ardant, Sandrine Bonnaire, Suzanne Clément, Diane Kruger and Catherine Deneuve.
Godard, Mon Amour
The 2018 selection of Focus on French Cinema includes a diverse slate of newly-released feature-length and short films amassing an impressive selection. From chilling capers to terrifying thrillers, female resilience to war dramas, environmental adventure to migration, biopics and educational eloquence to heartfelt loss and spiritual enlightenment, FFC continues to honor the vitality of francophone film.
Among the line-up, FFC will feature the U.S. Premiere of Tout Nous Sépare (All That Divides Us) an elegant film noir with a charismatic cast that includes Catherine Deneuve, Diane Kruger, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Lumiere Award nominee, Nekfeu. Producer and screenwriter Luc Hardy returns to Focus on French Cinema 2018 with the World Premiere of the documentary, Arktika Incognita, a grandiose polar-expedition in the lands of polar bears. Noah Parker, the newly discovered young Québecois actor co-stars in coming-of-age drama Ailleurs (Squat), directed by Samuel Matteau.
Focus on French Cinema will welcome this year Guilhem Caillard, Manthia Diawara, Natalie Fuchs, Luc Hardy, Gaël Morel, Noah Parker, Pascal Ralite, Colombe Savignac, Thierry Klifa, Alain Zenou, that will all present their films.
Events during the festival include a Gala Opening Night in Greenwich, CT on April 27th, prior to the CT Premiere of Albert Dupontel’s comic caper, Au Revoir Là Haut (See You Up There), a weekend in Greenwich of non-stop premieres, Q & As with directors and actors, a Monday pre-screening party and CT Premiere of Michel Hazanavicius’ biopic of Jean-Luc Godard, Godard Mon Amour (Le Redoutable) at the AVON Theatre Film Center and a Closing Night Gala and NY Premiere of Gaël Morel’s Prendre le large (Catch The Wind) co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Manhattan.