The IFI French Film Festival is back again this year and according to the festival Director Marie-Pierre Richard,’ the many facets of love are something of a theme emerging from this year’s programme.’ With some really promising films and Irish premiers, this year’s festival boasts an incredible line up, and on top of this there are some very exciting guest appearances! The Festival, which is now taking place from the 14th to the 25th of November, features a varied mix of film and genre, welcoming back old film makers, as well as first time directors, and will include 20 Irish premiers. French actress Juliette Binoche is set to appear at the final weekend of the festival, on Saturday the 24th. Multi Award winning Binnoche has starred in many French films including Hidden (or Cache) which is also showing at the festival, as well as English language films such as Chocolat. Her performances over the years have won her Best Actress Awards at Venice, Cannes, Berlin and Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The English Patient. The actress is in Dublin filming A Thousand Times Good Night which also stars U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Irish actress Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downtown Abbey) and is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Erik Poppe. She will be attending the festival for the screening of Another Woman’s life(La Vie D’un Autre), which she will present, and she will also take part in the Q & A after the screening. The film marks the feature film directorial debut for Sylvie Testud, and will be showing on November 24th.The film, which also stars Mathieu Kassovitz, is largely a dramatic insight into Marie’s life, as we learn along with her, just what this life is. After spending the night with Paul (Mathieu Kassovitz), Marie (Bincoche) wakes up to find that she now has a young son and is married to Paul. Fifteen years have passed, of which she has no recollection, but learns that – as well as her son- she has a career, and her marriage seems to be in distress. While Binoche’s attendance is decidedly one of the festival’s attractions, other exciting features yet to come include;
- The screening of Atomic Age -Winner of the 2012 Jean Prix which will take place on Tuesday the 20th.
- Two screenings of Farewell My Queen on the 21st and 23rd. The film, which opened the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will be attended by director Benoit Jacquot who will participate in a Q an A hosted by Conor Horgan on the 23rd.
- The screening of Superstar, directed by Xavier Giannoli, and which was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival earlier this year. Two screenings will take place on the 23rd and 25th.
- In a Rush, directed by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing will close the festival on Sunday the 25th. This screening will be attended by actress Alice de Lencquesaing- the director’s own daughter- and feature a Q and A, hosted by Margaret Corkery.
IFI Director Ross Keane said ‘We are thrilled with the calibre of guests we’ve attracted to this year’s IFI French Film Festival. It’s a testament to the reputation of the Festival that stars like Juliette Binoche and BéatriceDalle will be in attendance’. There is also a screening of animated film Ernest and Celestine on the 25th, as part of the IFI family programme, with English subtitles and a reader- family tickets (admits 4 people) are just fifteen euro.While tickets for Another Woman’s Life have now sold out, many of the other festival features are still available, so book your tickets now! More information about the festival, as well as film listings and ticket info is available here