The 29th French Film Festival UK Adds Online Section

The organisers of the French Film Festival UK are delighted to reveal an exciting new edition of the online programme under its fff@home umbrella, which will run from Friday 3 to Sunday 12 December.

The nine days of online screenings are organised in collaboration with INDEE+. Programmers have curated an exciting selection of titles, including several UK premieres and a classic of the New Wave for audiences to enjoy and appreciate on laptops, computers and TVs. The films featured are only available as part of the Festival on fff@home and have a window to watch for 48 hours. Several packages are available, including a full Festival Pass and a 25% discount for young people aged 16-25. 

The online Festival opens with Yamina Benguigui’s feminist drama, Sisters. Starring Isabelle Adjani, it’s about three generations of French Algerian women, exploring the bonds of family which seem forever strained. This is a return to cinema for Adjani, who, along with her co-stars Rachida Brakni and Maïwenn, contributes an impeccable performance. 

Fans of the classics will relish the chance to see one of Jean-Luc Godard’s most dynamic films, Vivre sa Vie. Starring Anna Karina it combines brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. A landmark of the French New Wave in a restored digital copy, it features some of Karina and Godard’s most iconic moments. 

Other highlights include the feel-good Fly Me Away by Christophe Barratier, the hilarious French Tech from Bruno Podalydès who directs and stars alongside his brother Denis; family comedy The Speech by Laurent Tirard; a Sixties-set relationship drama, My Father’s Stories and an intriguing fable, Snowglobes, by Yannick Ruault.

Closing this year’s online festival is the powerful The Enemy, by Belgian director Stephan Streker. Jérémie Renier plays prominent politician Louis Durieux who is accused of murdering his wife. The film probes the depths of the human soul, not only of Renier’s character but of the audience themselves. 

Richard Mowe, director and co-founder of the Festival, said “With the programme in cinemas continuing until 15 December the online offer gives audiences another way to sample le cinéma français – especially in more remote parts of the country without easy access to the big screen.”

Funders, sponsors and partners – among them Screen Scotland, Institut français, Alliance Française, as well as TotalEnergies, TV5MONDE, Unifrance, agnès b, and Côte – have committed their overall support to this year’s 29th edition.

Tickets are on sale now and an Early Bird discount of 20% is available on all tickets purchased before Friday 26 November.

Jim Welsh

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