Under the Stars of Paris French Film Festival at Home

While the title might conjure up images of romance, this is a film that provides a considerably less shiny, sparkly vision of the city. A much more realistic depiction, though, for many in these times when the gap between rich and poor becomes steadily more pronounced. Claus Drexel presents the world of the homeless andContinue reading “Under the Stars of Paris French Film Festival at Home”

Planning Application Submitted to Edinburgh Council for Proposed New Filmhouse

The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), the body behind Edinburgh’s well-loved arthouse cinema that inhabits the 190-year-old listed church building on Lothian Road, the Filmhouse, has submitted a full Planning Application to the City of Edinburgh Council for their proposed New Filmhouse.  The proposed design, by Richard Murphy Architects, follows a 4 month longContinue reading “Planning Application Submitted to Edinburgh Council for Proposed New Filmhouse”

Cigar au Miel (Honey Cigar) French Film Festival at Home

An accomplished debut feature from filmmaker Kamir Ainouz, with a terrific central performance from 17 year old Zoe Adjani opens up the world as experienced by a teenage girl who, as if coping with impending adulthood is not enough, has to deal with the demands of both French and Algerian cultures. Set in 1993 Paris,Continue reading “Cigar au Miel (Honey Cigar) French Film Festival at Home”

The Son’s Room New Restoration on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital

StudioCanal release on 23rd November StudioCanal make it a magnificent hat trick of releases this week with this superb restoration of Nanni Moretti’s Palme d’Or winning story of grief and bereavement. For me, this is one of the most outstanding films of the first twenty years of this century, one that will always feature inContinue reading “The Son’s Room New Restoration on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital”

Le Cercle Rouge New Restoration on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital

StudioCanal release on 23rd November In the unlikely event that I will be deemed good enough to enter heaven, I will spend my time there running an arts centre comprising a concert hall, cinema and a bar well stocked with real ales and good wines. And, as programmer of events, I will ensure that thereContinue reading “Le Cercle Rouge New Restoration on 4K UHD, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital”

Felicità French Film Festival at Home

Felicità, the latest film from French director and writer Bruno Merle, takes its title from the ‘80s Italian song of the same name. In the opening scene Tim (Pio Marmaï) and Chloe (Camille Rutherford) have a conversation with their 10 year old daughter Tommy (Rita Merle) in a roadside café. When she removes her ubiquitousContinue reading “Felicità French Film Festival at Home”

La Bonne Epouse (How to Be a Good Wife) French Film Festival at Home

I have to confess this film has left me somewhat puzzled. Not in the least as to how Juliette Binoche came to be starring in what feels at times like a French Carry On Emancipating. Paulette van der Beck (Binoche) and husband Robert (François Berléand) run a school of good housekeeping in Alsace in theContinue reading “La Bonne Epouse (How to Be a Good Wife) French Film Festival at Home”

Aprile New Restoration (DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital)

Release date 23rd November 2020 Welcome additions to StudioCanal’s Vintage World Cinema Collection are two of Italian film maker Nanni Moretti’s most outstanding movies. Restored with all the care and precision that we have come to expect from StudioCanal and available on Blu-Ray for the first time, they serve to remind, if reminders are needed,Continue reading “Aprile New Restoration (DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital)”

Just Kids French Film Festival Online 2020

French Canadian director Christophe Blanc brings a challenging subject to the screen with his English titled French film, Just Kids. In Grenoble, the three children in the Certy family have been orphaned. First of all their mother died after an illness then their father committed suicide by crashing a car. At this point, the twoContinue reading “Just Kids French Film Festival Online 2020”

Into Dad’s Woods (La Forêt de Mon Père) French Film Festival at Home

The opening scene of a beautifully dappled wood, that had been till recently the workplace of Jimmy Kremer (Alban Lenoir), immediately gives way to an insight into the man’s troubled character. What seems like an innocuous scene of a father teaching his three children about  nature, is soon revealed to contain traits that dictate theContinue reading “Into Dad’s Woods (La Forêt de Mon Père) French Film Festival at Home”