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French Film Festival UK to pay tribute to Louis de Funès, Maurice Pialat

The 21st edition to run Nov 7-30 at venues across the UK and is set to screen a restored version of Jacques Demy’s Lola [pictured].

Richard Mowe and Ilona Morison, festival directors of the French Film Festival UK, have unveiled details at the upcoming 21st edition, which runs Nov 7-30.

This year’s festival is set to pay tribute to actor Louis de Funès with screenings of his films including Les Grandes Vacances and Fantômas Se Déchaine, introduced by his son Olivier, as well as the UK premiere of Monsieur de Funès, the documentary on de Funès made by ARTE and directed by Gregory Monro & Catherine Benazeth.

It will also pay tribute to director Maurice Pialat with screenings of the likes of Naked Childhood and Le Garçu. The festival also hopes to welcome Sylvia Pialat to talk about her late husband’s life and career.

Other screenings at this year’s festival include a restored version of Jacques Demy’s Lola and Alain Gomis’ Aujourd’hui, which critic Jean-Michel Frodon has chosen as his Francophone Film of the Year to be screened in the presence of the director. The festival also hopes to welcome back patron Sylvan Chomet to present his first live action feature Attila Marcel.

The French Film Festival UK takes place at venues across the UK, including Glasgow Film Theatre, Edinburgh Filmhouse and London CinéLumière.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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