Fourth Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India, 20 October 2011
Fourth Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in India
The 4th edition of the French movie festival, organized by Unifrance and the Embassy of France in India was a huge success. The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius opened the Rendez-vous with loud applauses.
The 4th Rendez-vous with French Cinema was the highlight of the 13th edition of the Mumbai Film festival (MAMI), a Reliance entertainment initiative that place in Mumbai from the 13th to the 20th October. For the first time the French film festival was part of the MAMI. In total, with 31 productions and co-productions, the French movies were the best represented after the Indian movies.
My little princess by Eva Ionesco which was part of the international selection, won three prices included the main award of the MAMI. Overall, 18 000 people have seen the French movies. Over 1 lakh people attended the MAMI.
Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France said, “We are happy to be associated with the Mumbai Film Festival. The Mumbai Film Festival has certainly etched a place for itself, to be recognized as one of the best film festivals both in India and internationally ».
The special section seeks to establish an exhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema, helping Indian distributors to promote new French films and celebrate the growing Indo-French ties.
A good example of Indo-French collaboration is the opening movie of the Rendez-vous: The Artist, a film by Michel Hazanavicius. The Artist was a huge hit and should be soon hitting the Indian screens through its Indian distributor, Tanweer. The Artist was a real challenge as it is a silent movie shot in black and white. However as the lights went back at the end of the screening in Cinemax (Versova), the movie was received with huge applauses.
Catch it soon: “Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a very successful silent movie star. The arrival of talking pictures will mark the end of his career. Peppy Miller, a young woman extra, becomes a major movie star.” A simple plot, a beautiful cinematography, wonderful actors and a clever dog: who said you need talking?