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Focus On French Cinema
CELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY, FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS WITH FESTIVAL D’ANGOULÊME AND NEW YORK’S FRENCH INSTITUTE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE (FIAF)
FESTIVAL LINE-UP INCLUDES 7 U.S. PREMIERES, INCLUDING WINNER OF CÉSAR AWARD FOR BEST FILM, GUILLAUME GALLIENNE’S
LES GARÇONS ET GUILLAUME À TABLE!
Friday, April 4-Sunday, April 6 - Bow Tie Cinemas, 2 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich, CT Tuesday, April 8 - FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY
Greenwich, CT, March 7, 2014—Focus on French Cinema 2014, (FFC), is rolling out the red carpet for its 10th Anniversary in Greenwich, CT the weekend of April 4-6, 2014 with closing night April 8 at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Manhattan. A premiere film event, presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich, Focus on French Cinema has screened over 100 films since 2005 to an audience of over 30,000 spectators in the NY/CT area. “Entering our 10th year, we are thrilled and proud to bring the very best of a vast selection of French films from around the world,” said Catherine Lamairesse, Founder and Chair of Focus on French Cinema.
This year, the festival is joined by two new partners: Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême, the largest francophone festival in France with 50,000 attendees, and New York's renowned French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), one of the largest and most respected centers of French-American cultural activities in the U.S. with over 10,000 members. This year, Focus on French Cinema is broadening the scope of the festival with a unique selection of around-the-clock screenings of French Cinema from around the world.
Focus on French Cinema is thrilled to unveil its new 10th anniversary logo, designed in collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) by world-famous graphic designer Philippe Apeloig, refreshes the festival’s image with a chic and contemporary new look.
Focus on French Cinema 2014 will screen 20 newly released feature films from France, Belgium, Canada, Africa and Switzerland including multiple genres of drama, comedy, thriller, adventure and everything in between, as well as documentaries and short films, in two theaters at Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich, CT. The weekend in Greenwich, CT will adhere to the tradition of the festival with an Opening Night U.S. Premiere film. 9 mois ferme (9 Month Stretch), the laugh-out-loud black comedy starring Albert Dupontel and Sandrine Kiberlain, winner of the César for Best Original Screenplay (Albert Dupontel) and Best Actress (Sandrine Kiberlain), opens the festival on Friday, April 4th followed by the annual Gala Buffet Dinner, this year at the Greenwich Arch Street Teen Center and hosted again by Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, L’Académie
Culinaire de France and Le Wine Shop. Saturday morning’s Round Table will feature a panel of guest directors, actors and producers from the world of French Cinema, moderated by film studies experts and film critics. The screenings will then be followed by fascinating Q&As, a Purchase College student film competition and other festival Special Events. In addition, local Greenwich businesses and restaurants will be gearing up to bring a variety of special offers promoting the festival weekend.
Tuesday, April 8th takes FFC to FIAF, where two U.S. Premiere screenings of the “French Movie of the Year“ and winner of 5 Césars for Best Film, Best Actor (Guillaume Gallienne), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing and Best First Film, Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (Me, Myself and Mum), will bring the festival to a climactic close followed by a festive Closing Night Party.
“FIAF is delighted to join Focus on French Cinema on this new cinematic adventure, uniting the heart of Greenwich, CT and the heart of New York City,” said Marie-Monique Steckel, President of FIAF.
These high-profile partnerships with Angoulême and FIAF establish Focus on French Cinema as an international meeting place for its 10th Anniversary, where film professionals and moviegoers can interact with directors, actors and French film industry professionals. Dominique Besnehard, iconic French “agent to the stars,” director, producer, actor and co-founder of Le Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême in 2008, will be on hand throughout the four-day festival to share his expertise on French-language films with guests and American viewers. The new partnership with FIAF, New York’s premiere French language and cultural center, brings the festival to New York City, with its large community of francophones, francophiles, and passionate French film enthusiasts. These impressive new partnerships establish Focus on French Cinema as a premiere platform for exciting new French cinema in the U.S.