WOMEN’S VOICE IN A MEN’S WORLD | July
This year, three female directors were in competition for La Palme d’Or of the 70th Cannes Festival: Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Naomi Kawase (Radiance) and Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled). They represent 17% of the selected filmmakers in this category.
Because quantity doesn’t mean quality, we choose to show the genius and the diversity of Women’s Cinema for the Ciné-club of July, and to honour those women who fight in a men’s world to make their films for real and to invent a new way of making images, telling stories and directing movies.
Katell Quillévéré made a candid and strong fictional drama, Suzanne, about a truck-driver’s daughter in France who gets into trouble. This stunningly confident movie spans an entire generation in its heroine’s story. Céline Sciamma gives us a powerful matter-of-fact drama about a young girl who wants to be a boy in Tomboy. Let’s continue this cycle with a comedy: Les Gazelles by Mona Achache, which was inspired by a one-woman show, brought to the stage by Camille Chamoux, who is also the lead role of the movie. Then, discover Corniche Kennedy by Dominique Cabrera, adapted from Maylis de Keangal’s sensual and strong novel.
I wanted to make a movie in a crazy energy, as free as possible. I thought that story would be perfect, because it’s about childhood, the rush of emotions, the energy.
Céline Sciamma, French filmmaker, about Tomboy
ETERNAL TRIANGLE | August
In August, the Alliance revisits the eternal triangle that inspired so many movie directors!
Dive into an unusual love affait with César et Rosalie, a witty and sophisticated romantic drama about the ebb and flow of relationships filmed by famous French director Claude Sautet. Then, discover the love triangle imagined by Benoît Jacquot in 3 coeurs, an ultimately unsatisfying romantic comedy about two sisters in love with the same man. Continue this exciting cycle with La Jalousie directed by Philippe Garrel. Come across Les beaux jours by Marion Vernoux, a May-September intrepid romance featuring Fanny Ardant. To end the cycle en beauté, indulge in a romantic comedy with Un profil pour deux by Stéphane Robelin, and explore the world of online dating!
“I’m interested in existential films: I love movies that console you in the same way that a person consoles a weeping child.” – Louis Garrel
SUSPENSE MONTH | September
September Ciné-Club will keep you on the edge of your seat with exciting thrillers and action-packed movies! Star with Le dernier diamant, by Eric Barbier, a thrilling caper about a thief trying to steal a mythical diamond by daringly conning its owner. Continue your suspense movie trip with La prochaine fois je viserai le cœur, a serial killer chronicle by Cédric Anger. Explore the ins and out of frug trafficking with the true-life story of La French by Cédric Jimenez, led by charismatic figures Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche. To finish, François Ozon will keep you out of breath with Frantz, a sumptuous period war drama.
“From the start of the film you do not know exactly what was the relationship between Frantz and Adrien. It was, of course, also a way to play with the expectations of the audience: some people think there was a love story; some people think something else and others think that he killed him. So that was the idea – to have this ambiguity.” – François Ozon, French filmmaker