Festival of Films by Women Film Makers
The French cinema of today is characterized by
the importance it attaches to the female characters.
This week we have a line up of French films under
the new glance posed on the woman, by women, who
are also increasingly found more behind the camera.
The French Film Festival organised by the Alliance
Francaise De Poona includes the much acclaimed
film like La Vie Revee Des Anges which
won the Cesar award for the best film and two
best actress awards during the 1998 Cannes Film
Festival. A great treat of films not to be missed.
All films are subtitled in English and will be
screened at the National Film Archives Auditorium.
Membership required for entry.
A preview of the films to be screened in Alliance
Francaise De Poona on the 19th & 20th of April,
Thursday 19th April, 6:30pm
La Vie Revee Des Anges
Director: Erick Zonca
Photography: Agnes Godard
Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Natacha, Regnier, Gregoire
Colin, Jo Prestia, Patrick Mercado
Isa, 20, arrives in Lille with her backpack.
Isa is looking for odd jobs, never the same and
never for very long. Her path crosses that of
Marie, another loner, but wild and in revolt
against her social condition. They meet two nice
motorcycle guys, and Chriss, who comes from a
different milieu, makes Marie dream beyond what
Friday 20th April, 6:30 pm
Venus Beate Institut
Director: Tonie Marshall
Photography: Gerard De Battista
Cast: Nathalie Bayle, Bulle Ogier, Samuel Le Bihan,
Jacques Bonnaffe, Matrhilde Seignier, Robert Hossein,
Venus Beauty is a pink shop in a busy
part of Paris. Nadine is the boss, Angele
lives alone and picks up men after work without
much conviction until the day she meets Antoine
who says he loves her and strives to prove
it to her. The controlled universe of the salon
offers Angele a certain tranquility. On the exterior
its all helter-skelter. Not knowing where to settle,
she flees from one to another, provoking unknown
men or aggressing them verbally. Tonie Marshall
succeeds in the difficult balance between
emotion and "bitch" humour. A true delight.
A review of the films screened in Alliance
Francaise De Poona on the 15th to 18th of April,
Screened on Sunday 15th, April: La Dilettante
Director: Pascal Thomas
Photography: Christophe Beaucarne
Cast: Catherine Frot, Barbara Schulz, Marie-Christine
Barrault, Sebastian Cotterot
Almost penniless, Pierette has moved into her
son's tiny studio apartment in the suburbs. He
is a trainee in a nearby factory and, at first,
is more surprised than delighted to see her. Amid
new encounters and activities, Pierrette, an independent
woman who above all hates playing the victim and
arousing sympathy of others, tries to maintain
or lose balance with a son and daughter whom she
would like to help. But they have lost the habit
of needing her, with her sudden passion for a
priest very popular with the media and an affair
with an antique dealer that will lead her to jail.
It is a bitter sweet tale, meandering and unexpected,
told without dogmatism or preconceived ideas.
Screened on Monday 16th April: Le Blue Des
Director: Stephane Brize
Photography: Edward Klosinski
Cast: Florence Vignon, Mathilde Seigner, Antoine
CVhappey, Philippe Duquesne
Solange and her husband carry out a quiet life
in province. Mylene, the friend of Solange becomes
a TV weather forecaster and comes to her town
to sign copies of her autobiography and devotes
one evening to him. A dinner glass out of box,
some confidences follow. After Mylene leaves,
Solange realizes that it passed beside her dreams.
It is contractual. Its costume of scene, it is
a uniform, its public, motorists who insult it.
Its daily newspaper is suddenly too dull, her
too normal husband, his trade too humiliating.
To change is life, still possible?
Screened on Tuesday 17th April: Haut
Director: Solveig Anspach
Photography: Isabelle Razavet
Cast: Karin Viard, Laurent Luca, Julien Cottereau
Expecting her first child, Emma learns that she
has a breast cancer. Her doctor advises an abortion,
since the necessary treatment is incompatible
with pregnancy. Simon, her companion, encourages
her to consult another specialist, Doctor Morin,
who affirms that the treatment can be done during
the pregnancy. Emma regains confidence. Her body
which had betrayed her, comes to life again. Now
she must now fight for two lives. This is a film
that makes us assume the heroine's outlook to
face reality. We could sayHaut Les Coeurs
is deep, overwhelming, which is true, but equally
out of place with reagrds to its content.Yes,
it resembles its heroine; it doesn't lower our
eyes but demands a head-on look.
Screened on Wednesday 18th April: Love
Director: Laetitia Masson
Photography: Alain Sarde
It is an impossible history between a girl who
seeks the love and a singer who does not believe
in it any more. She meets him in Memphis, follows
him. He escapes. She insists. He ends up by being
moved by her. But, it is also the history of a
girl who takes refuge in her dreams to escape
from reality and her past. It is there that the
history between the girl and the singer becomes
complicated. Where does reality stop, where begins
the imaginary one?
Information & Photographs Courtesy: The Alliance
Fracaise De Poona and www.france.diplomatie.fr