French Movies Guide – AFI Fest 2014

clouds-of-sils-maria-posterThe 2014 edition of AFI Fest offers a few interesting French films, including works by major directors.

One of this year’s French highlight is probably Clouds Of Sils Maria, an Olivier Assayas film (CarlosClean, Demonlover) starring French star Juliette Binoche (Cache) as a theater actress struggling to get back on stage.  Clouds Of Sils Maria will screen on Friday November 7th at 9:30 PM and on Wednesday the 12th at 12:00 PM. Writer/director  Olivier Assayas will attend the screening for a Q&A.

Another highlight is Two Days, One Night (read our Two Days, One Night review here), a film by the Dardenne brothers (Rosetta, The Kid with a Bike). This Marion Cotillard-starrer (she will be here to attend the Hollywood Reporter’s Indie Contenders Roundtable) is scheduled on Friday the 7th at 6:30 PM Saturday the 8th at 5:00 PM – writers/directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne will attend the screening for a Q&A. One movie I’m also looking forward to watch is Reality (read our Reality review here), which was directed by Quentin Dupieux to whom we owe Rubber and Wrong. You can see it on Saturday the 8th at 9:30 PM and Sunday the 9th at 4:00 PM. Controversial director Bertrand Bonello (Tiresia, The PornographerHouse of Tolerance) will show his softer side in Saint Laurent, a biopic about the famous French fashion designer – it will be shown on Tuesday the 11th at 7:30 PM and Wednesday the 12th at 3:00 PM.  Writer/director  Bertrand Bonello will attend the screening for a Q&A.

Fans of the actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Now You See Me – Mélanie Laurent picture) will be happy to see that her second directorial feature, Breathe, will be shown here on Saturday the 8th at 12:30 PM and on Wednesday the 12th at 10:00 PM.. Another entry about teenage girls, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood will be shown on Monday, November 10th at 7:15PM.

Electronic music aficionados won’t want to miss Eden, a Mia Hansen-Løve film chronicling the rise of the Parisian electronic music scene, including Daft Punk.

When it comes to international productions, make sure to catch the strong Mauritanian/French entry Timbuktu (read our Timbuktu review here), which portrays life in the African city – filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako will attend the screening for a Q&A. Another African film, Run, depicts a man’s conversion from rainmaker to assassin (Sunday the 9th at *:30 PM and Monday the 10th at 4:15 PM).

Diep Hoang Nguyen’s French/Vietnamese entry Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, a heavy tale about prostitution will be shown on Tuesday the 11th at 9:15 PM and on Wednesday the 12th at 4:00 PM.

French/Belgian production Alleluia will follow a mother running away from a jealous husband. This Fabrice Du Welz film will be screened on Saturday the 8th at 11:59 PM and on Monday the 10th at 12:45 PM.

Documentaries will also be present with The Salt of the Earth a Wim Wenders documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado which will be playing on Sunday the 9th at 5:00 PM and Monday the 10th at 1:30 PM – director  Wim Wenders will attend the screening for a Q&A. May Allah Bless France about a rapper will be presented on Monday the 10th at 9:30 PM and Tuesday the 11th at 1:30 PM.

Tickets for those French movies are free and available on the festival’s website.

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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.