THE Carte Noir IFI French Film Festival takes place in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin beginning tomorrow night and will run all the way until December 1st.
The programme features 21 premieres, including films by Bruno Dumont (Camille Claudel 1915), Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Colour, winner of the Palme d’Or, Cannes 2013), François Ozon (Jeune & Jolie), Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm) and Claude Lanzmann (The Last of the Unjust).
Many of the films in this year’s festival feature themes of identity, and an examination of complex behaviours and emotions.
Patrick Stewart, who works as part of the festival, detailed why the Film Institute celebrates French film every year:
‘French film is Europe’s most accessible cinema scene. It has a rich cultural heritage harking back to the French New Wave. The fact that great actors, directors and critics acknowledge this makes it a no brainer for us to celebrate it. It is a unique cultural treasure and receives great responses from Irish audiences’.
The association between Irish film and French film is also a factor of its celebration:
‘Lots of intellectual things happen between the two. There are directors from France coming over to run master classes for artists over here and there is a deep connection between Irish and French artists’.
The Gala opening begins tomorrow night with ‘Just a Sigh’ at 8pm and finishes on December 1st. Book tickets at www.ifi.ie or call the Box Office on 01-6793477.