French Films & Guests at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
With the support of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is bursting at the seams with French cinema, ranging from seminal seventies classics to lush interpretations of Greek legend to Aki Kaurismaki’s wonderfully funny Le Havre. Beginning with Juliette Binoche’s starring role in Elles and ending with the second screening of Marjane Satrapi’s Chicken with Plums, the festival’s selection of ten French films is as diverse as it is fascinating.
● Elles - Cineworld 9, 6.15pm
Starring Juliette Binoche as a journalist investigating students turning to prostitution to pay for college, Malgotzata Szumovska’s excellent drama is a brilliant examination of social responsibility and female sexuality.
● Goodbye, First Love - Cineworld 17, 6.30pm
Mia Hansen-Love’s wonderful new film depicts the lessons and losses of young love
● The Monk - Cineworld 9pm, 8.30pm
*Director Dominik Moll will attend the screening*
With Vincent Cassel in the title role, Dominik Moll’s adaptation of the legendary novel about good, evil and dark desires is a gothic masterpiece.
● The Fairy: 2.30pm in Light House Cinema 1,
*Special Event*Marin Karmitz, will give a masterclass on Sat 18/2 at 12pm .
Marin Karmitz, director and founder of the MK2 production company, distributor and exhibitor, has produced over 100 films and distributed close to 350 films, including works by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Gus Van Sant, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke and Olivier Assayas.
● Monsieur Lazhar from Canada- Savoy 1, 11am
Was last week nominated for the Oscar for best foreign language feature;
● Orphée - Light House 1, 3.45pm
Being introduced by Van Papadopoulos of the Institut Lumière, Jean Cocteau’s 1949 masterpiece, which transposes the legend of Orpheus to 40s Paris, is a lush, vibrant wonder of a film.
● Le Havre - Light House 1, 8.30pm
A prize winner at Cannes, Aki Kaurismaki’s new film continues his wonderful habit of finding heartwarming material in the saddest of subjects, this time via the relationship between a young African immigrant hiding from the authorities and an elderly shoe shine man in the titular French Port.
● My Little Princess - Lighthouse 1, 6.10pm
Isabelle Huppert gives a phenomenal performance in a provocative movie about mothers, daughters, fame and innocence inspired largely by director Eva Ionesco’s painful relationship with her own mother.
● L’important c’est d’aimer - Light House 1, 4pm
Featuring a stunning performance by Romy Schneider as a former actress crushed by repeated failures, this reissue of Andrzej Zulawski’s stunning 1975 film is an amazing study in fame and power.
● Sleepless Night - Light House 1, 6.15pm
A breakneck thriller to rival anything being done in L.A. or London, Frédéric Jardin’s breakneck thriller has dirty cops, kidnapping, shoot outs and an utterly amazing set piece housed entirely in a Parisian nightclub.
● Chicken with Plums - Cineworld 17, 6.10pm
*Director Marjane Satrapi and editor Stéphane Roche will attend this screening*
The second in her trilogy of graphic novels, Marjane Satrapi (again directing with Vincent Parronaud)’s new film stars Mathieu Amalric as a celebrated Iranian violinist who becomes despondent upon the loss of his prize violin and suffers from a thrilling(if despairing) series of dreams and visions.
● Chicken With Plums - Cineworld 9, 4.30pm: this is a second presentation, without guests.
● Café de Flore - Cineworld 17 2pm
FRENCH FILMS @The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
16 - 26 February 2012
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