22 juin 2014

French films at QFT

Chers Amis,
Thank you to Hélène and Maude who drew my attention to the fact that over the next few weeks QFT will be screening no less than five French films including Cédric Klapisch’s comedy trilogy L'Auberge Espagnole, Les Poupées russes and Casse-tête chinois.

Sat 28th June at 1:20pm  and  Sun 29th June at 1:20pm

L'Auberge Espagnole   (Pot Luck)

Xavier (Duris) is a young Parisian who embarks on a European exchange scheme in Barcelona - and has to take pot luck by sharing an apartment with a culturally diverse group of fellow students. He says farewell to his family and girlfriend (Tautou)...and then the fun begins.

Director:           Cédric Klapisch
Run Time:         2 hours  2minutes
Released:          2002
Country:           France/Spain
Cast:                Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Audrey Tautou

Sat 28th June at 3:50pm  and  Sun 29th June at 3:50pm

Les Poupées russes   (Russian Dolls)
Five years after their year together in Barcelona, the Pot Luck team of Xavier (Romain Duris), William (Kevin Bishop), Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Martine (Audrey Tatou) and Isabelle (Cécile de France) reunite for a Russian wedding. Set in London, Paris and St. Petersburg, Russian Dolls is a romantic comedy about growing up, making choices and finding love in unexpected places.
Director:           Cédric Klapisch
Run Time:         2 hours  9minutes
Released:          2005
Country:           France/UK
Cast:                Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

The trilogy concludes with Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle) on

Fri 4th July to Thu 10th July

Casse-tête chinois   (Chinese Puzzle)

It's been over a decade since Cédric Klapisch first introduced us to the beloved group of friends sharing a Barcelona apartment in Pot Luck. Three years later, they were brought back together for a wedding in Russian Dolls and now a third outing arrives in the form of Chinese Puzzle.
Xavier's (Duris) life is turned upside down when his wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) announces she's moving to NY and taking the kids. A few months later, he's on a transatlantic flight as well. From fathering a child to a lesbian couple, to marrying a Chinese-American to get papers, to reigniting a flame with his first love who comes for a visit, Xavier and his world really do seem like a Chinese Puzzle...
Director:           Cédric Klapisch
Run Time:         1 hour  57minutes
Released:          2013
Country:           France/USA/Belgium
Cast:                Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France

Other French film showing at QFT in July are …..

Fri25th July to Thu 31st July

Grand Central

French nuclear workers face the twin perils of radiation and amorous meltdown in a terrific blue-collar drama starring Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Colour).
Tahar Rahim plays Gary, who signs on for work in a nuclear power plant (the ‘Central' of the title). He's inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles (Gourmet) and hard-bitten veteran Toni (Ménochet), only to discover that radiation contamination is not just a risk factor but an everyday hazard. But also pushing Gary towards meltdown is his simmering attraction to Toni's girlfriend Karole (Seydoux).
Rahim and Seydoux crackle like isotopes in their own right, and an urgent jazz score by Robin Coudert pushes this atomic drama into the red.
Director:           Rebecca Zlotowski
Run Time:         1 hour 35 minutes
Released:          2013
Country:           France/Austria
Cast:                Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet

Sun 27th July at 4:30pm

Jeux interdits  (Forbidden Games)

Mark Cousins' Cinema of Childhood season continues with one of the greatest anti-war statements ever filmed.
German fighter planes massacre a column of refugees fleeing Paris on a country road. A dazed little orphaned girl is left wandering the fields clutching her dead dog. She's adopted by a peasant boy who brings her into his eccentric family. The children retreat into a fantasy world, but they cannot hide from reality forever.
René Clément's angry masterpiece blends tragedy and farce into a heart-breaking account of children caught in a war they can't possibly understand, and it made Brigitte Fossey a star at the age of just 5.
Director:           René Clément
Run Time:         1 hour 26 minutes
Released:          1952
Country:           France
Cast:                Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée

For full details of QFT’s programme seewww.queensfilmtheatre.com

A bientôt,  



Chers Amis,
I’ve recently had word of two theatrical presentations which may well be of interest to our members ….

En Attendant Godot ..... by the shores of Lough Erne?
The opening presentation in Happy Days: the 3rd International Beckett Festival, taking place in Enniskillen from Thursday 31 July – Sunday 10 August 2014will be a double presentation of Samuel Beckett’s classic “En Attendant Godot” (Waiting for Godot) in two separate productions, one in French and one in Yiddish.
En Attendant Godot will be presented by Theatre NoNo, based in Marseilles, one of the most exciting new French theatre groups, steeped in the clown and cabaret tradition. This will be the first ever professional presentation of En Attendant Godot in Irelandsince its premiere in Paris in 1953.
En Attendant Godot will be performed at the Ardhowen Theatre on 31st July and 1st & 2nd August.
For full details of the festival see …..

The Lantern Man

Jane Coyle, well know arts commentator and critic, is presenting her new play ‘The Lantern Man’ as a rehearsed reading at this year’s Pick’n’Mix festival, Upstairs at The MAC on 28th and 29thJune.
The play, inspired by the real-life discovery of a collection of glass lantern slides in the attic of a church in Belfast tells the story of Johnny McGrath, who unemployed and down on his luck, signed up for action in France in World War I.

For more information click on the following link …

And finally just a reminder that the film …

Les beaux jours
(Bright Days Ahead)

… a tender and frank romance about taking control and enjoying your life at any age, starring Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafite, and Patrick Chesnais will be showing at QFT from Friday 20th to Thursday 26th June.

For full details of QFT’s programme see …

A bientôt,