Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.
The touring French Film Festival UK (Nov 5 – Dec 4) will host Cannes titles including Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue), Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D trip Goodbye to Language (Adieu Au Langage), and Camera d’Or winner Party Girl, directed by Marie Amachoukeli.
The festival, which travels to cities between Inverness and London, will open with Belgian director Lucas Belvaux’s Not My Type (Pas mon genre), the cultural and social divide romantic comedy with Emilie Dequenne and Loïc Corbery.
There will be tributes to the late Alain Resnais, with screenings of a restored copy of his first feature Hiroshima Mon Amour and the director’s last film Life of Riley, as well as films from François Truffaut and Jacques Tati.
The festival’s First World War focus revolves around a screening of the 1931 classic Wooden Crosses (Les Croix de Bois) by Raymond Bernard.
Cannes award-winning short film-maker Irvine Allan (Daddy’s Girl) has compiled this year’s programme of shorts, while critic Derek Malcolm will introduce his best French film of all time: Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d’un curé de campagne) from 1950.
Festival director Richard Mowe said: “Without the festival audiences would miss out on so many gems that would remain, for whatever reason, undistributed on these shores.”
In addition to its traditional London home at the CinéLumière, the Barbican will host a show of Studies on Paris (Etudes sur Paris) by André Sauvage, an urban portrait of Paris in the Roaring Twenties set to a live score by Baudime Jam and Quatuor Prima Vista.