15 juin 2015

French films at QFT in June


Fri 5 – Thurs 11 Jun

Director Cédric Jimenez hurls us back to the 1970s for a bold European twist on William
Friedkin’s action classic The French Connection.
Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin (The Artist, TheWolf of Wall Street) plays against
type in this high-octane crime epic chronicling a violent six-year campaign to bring down the
kingpin of a major narcotics ring.

Director: Cédric Jimenez
Run Time: 2 Hrs 15 Mins
Released: 2014
Country: France/Belgium
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette


Fri 5 – Thurs 11 Jun

Following the recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali, a proud cattle herder comes
into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital, in this luminous, lyrical and poetic drama from the great African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.
Winner of two awards at the Cannes Film Festival 2014, Timbuktu was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Run Time: 1 Hr 36 Mins
Released: 2014
Country: France/Mauritania
Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki


Fri 19 – Thurs 25 Jun

An acerbic take on coming of age romance, French style. In the sun drenched summertime
of southern France, Arnaud is preparing for work as a woodcutter at his family business. It’s all set to be a pretty easy ride until he comes across the statuesque Madeleine, a love interest like no other.
Featuring some excellent verbal sparring between the young lovers, this expertly written gem is part screwball, part rom-com and wholly enjoyable.

Director: Thomas Cailley
Run Time: 1 Hrs 38 Mins
Released: 2014
Country: France
Cast: Adèle Haenel, Kévin Azaïs, Antoine Laurent

A bientôt, Philip

13 mai 2015

French Films at QFT this May

This month we have a number of French films showing at QFT. In addition to Argerich, the documentary exploring the love, life and extraordinary talent of renowned pianist, Martha Argerich through the eyes of her daughter Stéphanie which has one last screening on Thu 7th May – 6:30pm, we have …...


Fri 15th May - Thu 28th May

The directors of the French smash hit Untouchable reunite with the magnetic Omar Sy for another fantastic comedy drama.
Sy plays Samba Cissé, a migrant from Senegal who works washing dishes in the kitchen of a fancy French hotel. A bureaucratic slip-up puts his immigration status in danger, which puts him into the path of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg, playing charmingly against type), an immigration case worker new to the job and out of her depth. As professional roles begin to bleed into the personal, Samba and Alice find themselves drawn to each through their similarities, and even more so by their differences.
Three years ago, Untouchable became one of France's biggest breakout hits, charming audiences across Europe and then the world. Much of its charm flowed from its co-star, the exuberant Omar Sy. That performance soon led to a role in the X-Men franchise and the beginnings of a global career. If you've yet to discover the appeal of Omar Sy, just watch Samba.
Director Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
Run Time 1 hour 58 minutes
Released 2015
Country France
Cast Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim
Genres Drama, Romance


Fri 15 – Thurs 21 May

In a tough Parisian suburb, shy, 16-year-old Marieme (Karidja Touré) lives with her oft-absent mother, domineering brother, and two younger, dependent sisters.
Facing high school failure, she is lured from her shell by three vivacious local teens. Adopting their flashier look and often reckless behaviour, Marieme makes both foolish and brave choices as she struggles towards independence. Director Celine Sciamma (Tomboy) provides irresistible, kinetic energy to an unforgettable story of female empowerment.

Dir: Céline Sciamma
Run Time 1 Hr 53 Mins
Released 2014
Country France


Fri 22 – Thurs 28 May

A bewitchingly and complex drama – and English-language debut – from French auteur
Olivier Assayas (Somethingin the Air).
A veteran stage and screen star (Juliette Binoche) turns to her assistant (Kristen Stewart) for solace as she prepares for a new production with a Hollywood It Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). A captivating study in not one but three psyches; it’s All About Eve shaken and stirred with some Bergman-esque psycho-sexual female misbehaving.

Dir: Olivier Assayas
Run Time 2 Hrs 4 Mins
Released 2014
Country France/Switzerland/Germany/USA/Belgium



François Ozon’s delicious new drama is a smart and sly satire – with some jaw-dropping twists – about love, desire, gender and sexuality.
Claire (Anais Demoustier) is devastated by the death of her closest friend but is determined to make good on a deathbed promise to watch over her friend’s widower David (Romain Duris) and newborn baby. She heads to their suburban home only to discover a big surprise that will change both their lives.

Dir: François Ozon • France
2014 • 1 Hrs 45 Mins • Subtitled

Dir: François Ozon
Run Time 1 Hr 45 Mins
Released 2014
Country France

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01 avril 2015

French Films at QFT … in April.

French Films at QFT … in April.


Continues until Thursday 2 April

Fri 27 Mar – Thurs 2 Apr


Dir: Frédéric Tcheng • France • 2014 • 1 Hr 30 Mins • Partially Subtitled

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

Sun 19 Apr, 1pm


Dir: Bruno Dumont • France • 2014 • 3 Hrs 20 Mins • Subtitled

Bruno Dumont’s absurdist metaphysical murder mystery prompts inevitable comparisons to Twin Peaks and True Detective. Featuring Bernard Pruvost as the Clouseau-like detective on the case and charismatic young Alane Delhaye as the title prankster, Li’l Quinquin is proof that even an auteur like Dumont, best known for uncompromising and austere dramas, is capable of shifting gears without conceding his signature.

Sun 26 Apr, 4pm

A Cat in Paris

Dir: Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol • France/Netherlands/Switzerland/Belgium
• 2010 • 1 Hr 5 Mins • Subtitled

A Paris cat called Dino leads an unlikely double life when he becomes embroiled in this tale of animated adventure. A jazzy film noir for children,A Cat in Paris is a cinematic delight celebrating traditional old school animation.

The film 'The Gunman' just released in the UK is based on one of the most influential French romans noirs, The Prone Gunman, by Jean-Patrick Manchette, and isHowever this article on  'The Conversation' website carries words of warning …...

Following the issues raised by the Charlie Hebdo killings in France you may find the programme 'A Nation Divided' broadcast on BBC3 on 30th March interesting. You can find it on iPlayer at …..

À bientôt, Philip