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French Film Festival 2019

Please see below for a list of films featured in this years French Film Festival.


Sink or Swim

Rating: TBC
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Our very special opening film of the festival, has broken all box office records in France. A warm, human comedy tells the story of family man Bertrand, having a midlife crisis. He joins an amateur male synchronised swimming team. Bertrand is not the only one in crisis, and a bond forms amongst the middle-aged men as they tackle their demons by committing to the most unlikely of public acts.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 03 Mar 201918:30     
Monday 04 Mar 201916:15     
Tuesday 05 Mar 201918:45     


Rating: TBC
Director: Philippe Faucon
Amin came from Senegal nine years ago to work in France, leaving behind his wife Aïsha and their three children. His work is his life, his friends the men who live with him in the social home. Aïsha sees her husband only once or twice a year, for a week or two, sometimes a month. She accepts this situation as a necessity: the money that Amin sends to Senegal provides for several people. One day, Amin meets Gabrielle and a relationship starts between them. At first, Amin is reserved. There is the language barrier, his modesty. So far, separated from his wife, he has led a life devoted to duty and knew he had to remain vigilant.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 04 Mar 201914:00     
Saturday 09 Mar 201917:45     

The House by the Sea

Director: Robert Guédiguian
By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 04 Mar 201918:45     
Tuesday 05 Mar 201916:15     

The Trouble with You

Rating: TBC
Director: Pierre Salvadori
In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realizes her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolized by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent 8 years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife. Everything that is, except telling the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Monday 04 Mar 201921:15     
Wednesday 06 Mar 201914:00     

At War

Rating: TBC
Director: Stéphane Brizé
When Perrin Industries decides to shut down an automotive parts manufacturing plan in southwest France, their 1100 workers refuse to roll over. Having already made financial sacrifices for the promise of job security, and despite the company’s continuing profitability, the workers, led by spokesman and union representative Laurent Amédéo, fight back loudly against this brutal decision. AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Official Selection Cannes Film Festival 2018.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 05 Mar 201913:45     
Wednesday 06 Mar 201921:15     
Friday 08 Mar 201916:00     

Lola and Her Brothers

Rating: TBC
Director: Jean-Paul Rouve
Set in Angoulême, this is a delicate, and infectious comedy of a French provincial upper-middle class siblings. Lola (Ludivine Sagnier), a lawyer in her thirties, feeling stifled by life, has just met Zoher (Ramzy Bedia). Benoît (Jean-Paul Rouve), an optician in his forties and with a compulsive temper, is just about to marry for the third time and with it, is about to become a father, something he’s not quite ready for.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Tuesday 05 Mar 201921:15     
Friday 08 Mar 201913:45     

The Quest of Alain Ducasse

Director: Gilles de Maistre
Director Gilles de Maistre embarks on a journey to discover the world of 18 Michelin star Alain Ducasse, a chef with an incomparable talent for taste; and a businessman with 23 restaurants across the globe, now busy preparing new restaurant ‘Ore’ in the Château de Versailles, where he will recreate the luxurious of meals served to the court in the 17th century.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Wednesday 06 Mar 201918:30     

An Impossible Love

Rating: 15A
Director: Catherine Corsini
Based on a book by controversial French novelist Christine Angot – Claire Denis’ co-writer on Let the Sunshine In – Corsini’s film begins in the 1950s, as office worker Rachel (Efira) falls for the dashing Philippe (Niels Schneider), a Nietzsche-reading sophisticate. They embark on a passionate relationship but he won’t share his life with her, and she raises their daughter Chantal alone. Years later, the darker side of Philippe’s nature emerges shockingly. Superbly performed and directed, this is a hugely impressive work by Corsini (Summertime, Leaving), its meticulous period recreation and potent feminist voice echoing the prime 1980s work of Diane Kurys. Efira – also in the LFF with Keep Going – is formidable, and Savages singer Jehnny Beth makes a striking appearance as the adult Chantal.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 07 Mar 201913:30     
Friday 08 Mar 201918:30     

Memoir of War

Rating: TBC
Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
In 1944 Nazi-occupied France, Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member alongside her husband Robert Antelme. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, in a desperate effort to learn of her husband’s whereabouts, Marguerite enters into a high-risk friendshp with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel). But as the months wear on with no news of her husband, Marguerite must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable. Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi-autobiographical novel, The War: A Memoir, recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against a backdrop of wartime intrigue. Memoir of War has also been selected as France's official submission to the 2019 Academy Awards. Screening + director Q&A following screening on Sunday 10th of March

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 07 Mar 201916:15     
Sunday 10 Mar 201916:30     

The Time Of The Forests

Rating: TBC
Director: François-Xavier Drouet
Dedicated to the ‘foresters who resist’, François-Xavier Drouet’s insightful documentary looks at how France’s once diversified, complex forestry has been whittled down to only a few tree species as forestry undergoes an unprecedented phase of industrialization resultant of excessive consumer demand. The consequences of over forestry and the destruction of the forest soil by the heavy mechanization, monocultures, fertilizers and pesticides, the disappearance of transmission of knowledge, of forest management, all at hugely accelerated pace. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Cork Environmental Forum.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 07 Mar 201918:45     

A Faithful Man

Rating: TBC
Director: Louis Garrel
Eight years after their separation, Abel meets Marianne again, at Paul’s funeral. Abel sees this tragic event as a good omen. Paul’s death will allow him to win Marianne back. That is, unless Joseph, Paul and Marianne’s son, and Paul’s sister Eve, acting behind the scenes, don’t succeed in destroying Abel’s hopes...

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Thursday 07 Mar 201921:30     

In Safe Hands

Rating: TBC
Director: Jeanne Herry
Abandoned at birth, baby Theo’s uncertain future lies in the hands of the Child Welfare Services. Jean, who is no stranger to the foster system, is given the responsibility of temporarily looking after Theo, while the members of the Adoption Agency have the difficult task of finding him a home. Meanwhile Alice, unable to have children of her own, has never stopped fighting to be a mother. After facing many setbacks, Alice is finally ready to welcome a child, just when the Adoption Servicing is seeking a home for Theo. Thanks to the dedicated members of social services, the paths of Alice and Theo will cross, blending the journey of Jean and the rest of the team along the way.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Friday 08 Mar 201921:15     
Sunday 10 Mar 201914:00     

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Rating: G
Director: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner
Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 09 Mar 201911:30     
Sunday 10 Mar 201911:30     

Orchestra Class

Rating: TBC
Director: Rachid Hami
Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished violinist, but he’s at a low point in his life and career. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school, under the direction of the kindly Mr. Farid. He gets off to a rocky start and his strict teaching style doesn’t help him connect with the more difficult students. One of these students is Arnold, a painfully shy but gifted boy who is passionate about the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the warm enthusiasm of the rest of the class, Simon regains his zest for life and rediscovers the joys of music. But will he be able to overcome the obstacles and keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 09 Mar 201913:30     

Keep Going

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Virginie Efira (An Impossible Love; Sink or Swim) and Kacey Mottet-Klein star in thismother-son relationship based on Laurent Mauvignier’s novel ‘Continuer’. Award-winning director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children; After Love) challenges once again the topic of dysfunctional family relationships, as he takes us on a journey across the wild remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a western landscape, with estranged mother Sybille (Virginie Efira), and her angry teenage son Samuel (Kacey Mottet-Klein) trekking on horseback.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 09 Mar 201915:45     

Mektoub, My Love

Rating: 15
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Awarded Best French Film of 2018 by the French Union of Critics, Abdellatif Kechiche’s (Blue is the Warmest Colour; Couscous) new epic is a loose adaptation of François Bégaudeau’s novel La Blessure, la vraie. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), on leaving medical school in Paris, returns for the summer to his family home and the Franco-Tunisian community of Sète on France’s southern coast, where he immerses himself in photography, his plans to write a screenplay, and where he spends time with best friend Ophélie (Ophélie Bau), his cousin Tony (Salim Kechiouche) and new friends Charlotte (Alexia Chardard) and Céline (Lou Luttiau). Together they drift from beach to restaurant to bar, to night club. AWARDS & FESTIVALS: 1 nomination for the 2019 Césars, 1 Award at the Movie Festival of Carbourg 2018, Istanbul international Film Festival 2018.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Saturday 09 Mar 201920:00     

Mia and the White Lion

Rating: 12A
Director: Gilles de Maistre
Ten year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia find happiness again as she develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia’s life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away leaving the farm and her family behind. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free. AWARDS & FESTIVALS: Main competition Venice Film Festival 2017

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 10 Mar 201911:30     

Cyrano de Bergerac

Rating: TBC
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
We are delighted to present the beautifully restored new print of this classic. Gerard Depardieu gives a towering performance in this lavish, cinematic, and poetic adaptation of Edmond Rostand'sstage drama. Multi-awarded and a treat to see on the big screen. A Parisian poet and swashbuckler is madly in love with the beautiful Roxane. However, he does not believe she will requite his love because he considers himself physically unattractive.

Note: Times shown in RED are sold-out.

Sunday 10 Mar 201920:00     
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