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French-language fllms at the Festival
With 225 films there is a vast amount of choice for everyone, there are 57 French-language productions from France, Belgium, Switzerland including feature films, short films, documentaries and more. Take a look at the full ist by country here
And here are three French films to see at the LFF 2018 selected and reviewed by Jonathan Romney, chief film critic for the Independent on Sunday, and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Screen International and more. Read more here
All cinema times listed are London time, GMT
THE IMAGE BOOK / LE LIVRE D’IMAGE
Jean-Luc Godard pushes his exploration of words, sounds and images to vivid new extremes in this complex, dizzying mix of film, essay and collage.
Spinning ever further from his New Wave narrative roots, Godard revisits the approach of his pioneering Histoire(s) du Cinéma in a collaborative venture with Fabrice Aragno, Jean-Paul Battaggia and Nicole Brenez. Emerging from a flash storm of spoken and written screen texts, artworks, film and TV clips is a suggestive, polyphonic discourse about the contemporary condition. It takes in those recurrent Godard themes – film history and the Holocaust – as well as an extended contemplation of the Middle East and the West’s incapacity to understand it as anything but an indefinable ‘other’. With a characteristically fragmented soundtrack, including sonic radicals Alfred Schnittke and Scott Walker, this tonic workout for the mind, eyes and imagination shows Godard, at 87, as intransigently and vitally confrontational as ever. Jonathan Romney
Sunday 14 October 2018 15:00 BFI IMAX
Tuesday 16 October 2018 20:30 Vue Leicester Sq, Screen 6
Dir-Scr Jean-Luc Godard
Prod Fabrice Aragno, Mitra Farahani
UK Distribution MUBI
SCHOOL’S OUT / L’ HEURE DE LA SORTIE
A precocious gang of unnervingly smart teens appear to be harbouring a dark and dangerous secret in this elusive French enigma.
When Professor Capadis unexpectedly leaps to his death from a top-floor classroom window – to the horror of most students – six pupils glance on with chilly disregard. The budding sociopathic behaviour of this curious sextet only grows with the arrival of new substitute teacher, Pierre Hoffman (Laurent Lafitte), who becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the mysteries he is witness to. But the closer Pierre comes to the truth, the more he begins to fear for his safety. Cleverly flirting with genre conventions, without ever truly becoming a horror film, Sébastien Marnier’s elusive and disquieting debut is as enigmatic as the creepy kids at its core. Impeccably performed and shot with careful precision, this is one of those films that truly gets under your skin and stays there. Michael Blyth
Thursday 18 October 2018 20:45 Prince Charles Cinema, Downstairs Screen
Friday 19 October 2018 15:15 Odeon Tottenham Court Road, Screen 3
Dir-Scr Sébastien Marnier
Prod Caroline Bonmarchand
With Laurent Lafitte, Emmanuelle Bercot, Gringe
Sales Celluloid Dreams
I FEEL GOOD
French anarcho-japesters Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (Aaltra, Mammuth) return with a satire about dreams and delusions, starring Jean Dujardin as a man on a misguided mission.
Jean Dujardin plays Jacques, a clueless chancer obsessed with finding the project that will make him rich; deciding that the answer lies in offering cut-price quickie cosmetic surgery, he leads his big-hearted, socially conscious sister Monique (Yolande Moreau) on a journey to Bulgaria. She’s den mother of a community where homeless people work at recycling used goods, and part of the film’s originality is that it casts real-life residents of one of France’s famous Emmaüs centres, playing themselves (and sometimes offering off-beat musical accompaniment). Also starring in fine curmudgeonly form as a reluctant associate of Jacques is lifelong stalwart of the European arthouse, Lou Castel. Vividly coloured and brazenly mischievous as ever, I Feel Good is bolshy, celebratory, gleefully surreal – and more than lives up to its title. Jonathan Romney
Monday 15 October 2018 20:45 Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1
Thursday 18 October 2018 18:00 Odeon Tottenham Court Road, Screen 3
Dir-Scr Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
Prod Marc Dujardin, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
With Jean Dujardin, Yolande Moreau, Jean-Benoît Ugeux
Sales Wild Bunch
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