Third Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India 4th to 7th December 2010

Third Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India
4th to 7th December 2010 in Mumbai
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Mumbai is readying itself for yet another year of cinematic treat with Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India. The third edition of the four-day fest co-organised by the Embassy of France in India and Unifrance, will be held in Mumbai from 4th to 7th December, 2010. The festival seeks to establish a privileged platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema in India, helping Indian distributors to promote French films and celebrating growing Indo-French ties.

A total of seven French movies would be screened at the festival. All the films are subtitled in English and will be screened at Metro BIG Cinemas (Dhobitalao) and Fun Cinemas (Andheri). The opening movie of the festival is “Heartbreaker”, a romantic comedy starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis and Julie Ferrier. The very talented Julie Ferrier (actress and comedian-humorist) will be one of the members of the delegation coming to Mumbai. The film will be distributed in India by PictureWorks.

Of Gods and Men (“Des hommes et des dieux” by Xavier Beauvois), Potiche (by François Ozon), Oceans (by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud), Sarah’s Key (“Elle s’appelait Sarah” by Gilles Paquet-Brenner), Carlos (by Olivier Assayas) and Love Crime (“Crime d’amour” by Alain Corneau) are the other movies to be screened at the festival.

Special mention to Of Gods and Men which won the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and has been selected to represent France at next year’s Oscars.

Kristin Scott Thomas, (Sarah’s Key, Love Crime) a British actress whose career spans across France, England and United States, is perhaps best known for her central role as an unfaithful wife in “The English Patient”, one of the biggest screen hits of 1996. She was nominated for the best actress at the Oscars in 1997, which soon made her an international star. In her prolific career, she appeared opposite Harrison Ford in Sidney Pollack’s “Random Hearts”, and Hugh Grant in “Bitter Moon” and in the global box office success “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.

The Festival will be paying tribute to Alain Corneau, who passed away on 30th August this year, less than a fortnight after his new film ‘Crime d’Amour’ (Love Crime) was released. Alain Corneau fell in love with India when he was shooting “Nocturne Indien” in 1988 in different locations. He was a jury member at many Indian film festivals and returned to India many times after that.

The eclectic mix of films lined up for the 3rd Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India is set to “mesmerize the Indian audience, showcase the impressive diversity of French cinema, offer them an exciting experience, and develop relationships with Indian distributors to help them discover and release French films with financial support”, says Régine Hatchondo, General Manager of Unifrance.

Kristin Scott Thomas actress Sarah’s Key and Love crime, Olivier Assayas director Carlos, François Ozon director Potiche, Jacques Cluzaud co-director Oceans, Julie Ferrier actress Heartbreaker will also be present at the festival.

Besides the artistic delegation, there will also be Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre (President of Unifrance), Régine Hatchondo (General Manager of Unifrance), Jérôme Seydoux (Chairman of Pathé), Grégoire Melin (Director of the International Sales agency, Kinology), Silvia Simonutti (Director of the international sales agency, Wild Bunch), Marie Masmonteil (Commission Producer, Elzevir) , Audrey Azoulay (National Centre of Cinematography), Serge Siritzky, (Chief Editor, Ecran Total, Corporate Media Press).

With the support of both governments, regional communities and French and Indian companies, the festival promises to be a great event celebrating French Cinema in India
All passes for the festival are free but admission is strictly on first come first served basis (two passes per person). These passes may be collected at the entrance of the Cinemas, one hour prior to the screening of each film.

Each film will be presented by their respective cast and/or filmmakers and a question-and-answer session will follow at the end of each screening, depending on the availability of the cast.

For further information, please visit:

Unifrance website

Facebook page: “Rendezvous with French Cinema in India”

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