The French Film Festival: from Cannes premieres to the latest from Isaki Lacuesta with C. Tangana

Stills from ‘En roue libre’, ‘L’innocent’, ‘Un an, une nuit’ and ‘Novembre’.

The billboard for this new edition focuses on young creation and presents twelve unpublished titles on Spanish screens from October 14 to 21

Regina Sotorrio

The new “and the best” -they add- of Francophone cinema returns to the screens of Malaga from October 14 to 21. Eight days of screenings with twelve national previews, including five films that have just arrived from Cannes and the latest from Isaki Lacuesta, ‘Un an, une nuit’, with the film debut of C. Tangana. An edition, the 28th already, that rejuvenates by focusing on the new talents of the French scene beyond cinema. There are new directors, yes, but also pop singers and a new Young Jury that will choose the best film of the week. “We want to make young people speak,” says its director Hédi Saïm. A novelty that adds to the incorporation of the Malaga Metrovacesa Drive-in for the closure and the return after the pandemic of school sessions for 10,000 students from all over Andalusia.

Up to 300 titles screened at different international events have been reviewed by the organization to choose the twelve films that make up the trunk of this ’boutique festival’ of the Alliance Française. The Albéniz cinema will once again be the main venue. The event will open there on October 14 with ‘L’innocent’ (out of competition), directed, written and starring the young Louis Garrel, who walked the red carpet at Cannes a few months ago. The closure (also out of competition) corresponds to ‘En roue libre’, Didier Barcelo’s debut feature, which will be in Malaga presenting this story about mental health with the actor Benjamin Voisin, nominated for the César last year. A film that will be seen on wheels at Autocines Málaga before a final party to the rhythm of Miki and P.R2B, two of the promises of French music (free admission).

Teresa Álvarez Rey (Caja Rural del Sur), Hédi Saïm (French Alliance), Tecla Lumbreras (UMA) and Berta González de Vega (Culture area of ​​the City Council). /

Miguel Fernandez

Malaga will also be a showcase for the early works of Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller with the comedy ‘Maria Rêve’ (October 15) and Tunisian Mehdi M. Barsaoui with ‘Un fils’ (October 20). They are, for the most part, films that pulse the current and the most recent reality of France. The brutal terrorist attack in the Bataclan theater in Paris on November 13, 2015, for example, is the focus of two films: the Franco-Spanish ‘Un an, une nuit’ by Isaki Lacuesta (October 14) with Natalia de Molina and C. Tangana, and ‘Novembre’ by Cédric Jimenez (October 19), a rare action film in French cinematography that Belgian actor Jérémie Rénier will present in Malaga after premiering in Cannes.

Direct from the French cradle of cinema, there are also ‘Les cinq diables’ by Léa Mysius (October 16), ‘Nos frangis’ by Rachid Bouchareb (October 17) and ‘La nuit du 12’ by Dominik Moll (October 20) , which has been on the French billboard for more than three months. These last two are based on real events to portray the normalization of violence. Tickets for the official section, at 6 euros per session, will be on sale starting this Tuesday.

Beyond the premieres, the French Film Festival will pay tribute to the screenwriter and director Sébastien Lifshitz, an independent spirit who has delved into LGBTIQ issues, such as the one reflected in the documentary ‘Bambi, une nouvelle femme’. Her protagonist, the transgender actress and writer Marie-Pierre Pruvot, will participate in a colloquium on October 17 to narrate her experiences from her childhood in Algeria to her stage in Parisian cabarets. The video art piece ‘Garçon sensible’ by Lifshitz (a reflection on the representation of homosexuals on French television) will focus an exhibition on heteronormativity in the French Alliance with Spanish and French-speaking artists.

“What began as a modest film week in 1994 has grown and is now approaching thirty, also positioning itself as a national reference festival with synergies with many prestigious international festivals,” celebrated Tecla Lumbreras, vice-rector for Culture at the UMA and vice-president of the Alianza Francesa, the festival’s organizing institution with the collaboration of the City Council, Caja Rural del Sur, Cervezas Alhambra and Autocine Málaga Metrovacesa.

The French Film Festival: from Cannes premieres to the latest from Isaki Lacuesta with C. Tangana