France at First Habitat International Film Festival

The Embassy of France is pleased to present three acclaimed films for the very first Habitat International Film Festival, to be held from 24 March to 4 April 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.


New Delhi, 24 March - 4 April 2017

The film festival was inaugurated with acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning The Salesman, a film co-produced by French production houses Arte France Cinéma and Memento Films.

France’s second offering is the touching Swiss-French animation film on a group of children in a foster home, My Life as a Zucchini, based on French author Gilles Paris’ novel adapted for the screen by award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Céline Sciamma.

The third is a critically lauded romantic comedy with a realistic French take, In Bed with Victoria, the opening film of Critics’ Week at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Actress Virginie Efira won the Magritte Award for Best Actress, with the film receiving six nominations for the Cesar, France’s national cinema awards. One cast member also won an unusual award: the Palm Dog.

France at Habitat International Film Festival 2017
The Salesman 24 March, 6.30 pm Stein Auditorium
My Life as a Zucchini 31 March, 6.30 pm Stein Auditorium
In Bed with Victoria 1 April, 9.00 pm Stein Auditorium


The Salesman (Iran-France / Persian/ 2016/ 125 mins)
Dir. Asghar Farhadi

24th March | 6.30 PM
Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous work on a neighbouring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.
Suitable for 18 years and above.

Academy Awards, USA 2017
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year - Iran

Golden Globes, USA 2017
Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Best Actor - Shahab Hosseini
Best Screenplay - Asghar Farhadi
Nominated - Palme d’Or - Asghar Farhadi

My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland- France/ French/ 2016/ 66 Mins)
Dir. Claude Barras

31st March | 6.30 PM
Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Zucchini is a rather unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy whose unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Zucchini struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his new found friends, he eventually learns to trust, finds true love and at last a new family of his own.
Suitable for 11 years and above.

Academy Awards, USA 2017
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Golden Globes, USA 2017
Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Animated

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016
Audience Award for Best Feature
Cristal Award for Best Feature

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Nominated for Golden Camera - Claude Barras

César Awards, France 2017
Best Adapted Screenplay - Céline Sciamma
Nominated for Best Original Music - Sophie Hunger
Nominated for Best Animated Film

European Film Awards 2016
Best Animated Feature Film - Claude Barras

Lumiere Awards, France 2017
Best Screenplay - Céline Sciamma
Best Animated Film - Claude Barras
Nominated for Best Music - Sophie Hunger

In Bed with Victoria (France / French/ 2016/ 97 Mins)
Dir. Justine Triet

1st April | 9.00 PM
Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eventually, however, Victoria rediscovers her own desires and experiences love again.
Suitable for 18 years and above.

Cannes Film Festival 2016
Palm Dog - Jury Prize for Jacques, a French Dalmatian

Magritte Award for Best Actress 2016
Virginie Efira for Victoria

César Awards Nominations, France 2017

  • 1. Best Actress, Virginie Efira
  • 2. Best Supporting Actor, Vincent Lacoste
  • 3. Best Supporting Actor, Melvil Poupaud
  • 4. Best Original Screenplay, Justine Triet
  • 5. Best Film, Emmanuel Chaumet (producer) & Justine Triet (director)

Lumiere Awards Nomination, France 2017
Best Actress, Virginie Efira

Last modified on 28/03/2017

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