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French Cinema – Highlights of 2014

The Institut français proposes to the French Cultural Network and its partners around the world (Cinémathèques – film libraries, festivals, museums, universities, etc.) a host of programs of recent and heritage films. This editorialized offering, aiming to enhance French cinema in all its beauty and diversity, is intended for cultural public projections in the countries in which these films have not been commercially distributed. Along with such projections are cultural action and educational programs in the realm of the image in order to bring a new public to French cinema, particularly the youth.
See the highlights of the 2014 programming of French cinema with all its new films in line with the latest news in cinema, its retrospectives and spotlights on major figures and new talent in French cinema, with theme-based series, major encounters and educational programs. The complete programs offered are available in PDF format.
The films are available in subtitled versions in different media, according to the title: DCP, 35 mm, Blu-ray, Beta and DVD, downloading from the IFcinéma platform.

Not to be missed

Benoit Jacquot Retrospective
A tribute, via 6 feature films and 2 documentaries, to the rich and profound work of Benoit Jacquot. His cinema gives body, voice and movement to the depths of desire and amorous passion, embodied by the incandescent presence of his actresses: Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Huppert, Isild Le Besco, etc.
New films, new media
A selection of films acquired by the Institut français, available in DCP and Blu-ray, above all including Les Beaux Jours by Marion Vernoux and La Maison de la radio by Nicolas Philibert.
Great classics restored in DCP and Blu-ray, from Vigo to Godard
Overview of French cinema from the 30’s to the early 60’s, with 13 major films recently restored, particularly Zéro de conduite by Jean Vigo, Les Enfants du paradis by Marcel Carné, Casque d'Or by Jacques Becker and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy, Palme d'Or 1964, presented in its restored version at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
World War I Centennial 
On the program are 15 films commemorating World War I, including documentaries and feature films – among which La Grande Illusion by Jean Renoir, Jules et Jim by François Truffaut, La France by Serge Bozon, the cinema-concert Verdun, visions d’histoire by Léon Poirier and, premiering, the series by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle, Apocalyse, la 1ère Guerre mondiale.


Paris 1919, un traité pour la paix by Paul Cowan (World War I Centennial)Adolphe by Benoit Jacquot Jour de fête by Jacques Tati © DR (Great Classics Restored)

Filmmakers: Tributes and Retrospectives

Contemporary filmmakers
  • Claire Denis Retrospective: 8 films to discover this essential personality of contemporary cinema, one of the most cosmopolitan French filmmakers
  • Abdellatif Kechiche: his career path through four films preceding La Vie d'Adèle, Palme d'or (Golden Palm) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
  • Jacques Doillon: 5 films by a filmmaker dealing with childhood, youth, love games and transgression for instance in his last film, Mes séances de lutte
  • Bruno Podalydès: spotlight on 3 burlesque comedies, including his last film, Adieu Berthe – l'enterrement de mémé
  • Claire Simon: an exploration into different facets of what is real, between documentary and fiction, through 6 films, including Gare du Nord
  • Bertrand Tavernier: spotlight on this great movie-loving filmmaker, particularly with La Princesse de Montpensier
From the classics to the moderns
  • Pierre Étaix complete edition: Eight restored films along with an exhibit of his drawings and sketches – by a filmmaker, also artist, director and mime, particularly with Le Soupirant, Yoyo and Le Grand Amour
  • Maurice Pialat: four-film series, including Van Gogh in a restored copy (echoing the French Cinémathèque exhibit ‘‘Maurice Pialat peintre et cinéaste’’ – Maurice Pialat, painter and filmmaker)
  • Tribute to François Truffaut: 30 years after his death, 4 films and a spotlight on ‘‘François Truffaut et les actrices” (François Truffaut and Actresses)
  • Marguerite Duras Centennial, writer and filmmaker born 100 years ago, above all with several portraits by Benoit Jacquot and Dominique Auvray
  • In memory of Chéreau, who died in October 2013: films and documentaries to salute this unique filmmaker and great director of theater and opera
White Material by Claire Denis Cosi fan tutte by Patrice Chéreau Les 400 coups by François Truffaut © MK2 

A Spotlight on Actors

A generation in the limelight
A series about a new generation of great actors via 12 highly appreciated films, from La Religieuse and La Princesse de Montpensier to Bien-Aimés.
Isabelle Carré – Romain Duris – Charlotte Gainsbourg – Pauline Étienne – Sara Forestier – Grégory Gadebois – Louis Garrel – Clothilde Hesme – Marina Hands – Hafsia Herzi –  Reda Kateb – Isild Le Besco – Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet – Chiara Mastroianni – Raphaël Personnaz – Tahar Rahim – Léa Seydoux – Mélanie Thierry
Actors in the spotlight
The path of major actors with top billing in 2014, through 4 to 6 films each:
  • Fanny Ardant
  • Emmanuelle Devos
  • Jean-Pierre Darroussin
  • Vincent Lindon
Mélanie Thierry, in La Princesse de Montpensier – Vincent Lindon, in Augustine – Fanny Ardant et Laurent Lafitte, in Les Beaux Jours

Theme-based Series

New generation of filmmakers: first or second feature films of a generation involved in comedy, emotions and politics, with films selected at the Cannes Film Festival: La Bataille de Solférino by Justine Triet, La Fille du 14 juillet by Antonin Peretjatko, Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski.
Short films in the Big League
This takes us back to the beginning of the great filmmakers of our time through five restored short films by filmmakers from Jean Rouch to Cédric Klapisch.
What is a hero? in 10 films. Legendary and historical heroes of yesteryear, today ordinary heroes, the cinema seizes them to create all sorts of heroes.
“News items” on the silver screen
News items adapted for the cinema and directed to a panting, shocking and stupefying pace in those 9 films questionning our society.
On both sides of the Mediterranean
10 recent films (documentary, comedy, drama, first films) giving us an inside view of current issues in France, the Maghreb and Middle East.
Projections for a young public
On the program are 13 recent films or great classics restored to enable a younger population to discover them on the screen.
Vive la musique! (Continued)
Cinema and music in the company of Brigitte Fontaine or Alexandre Tharaud, as well as restored musical films, new cinematographic talent and current music.
17 filles by Delphine et Muriel Coulin (“News items” on the silver screen) – La Vierge, les Coptes et moi by Namir Abdel Messeeh – Une bouteille à la mer by Thierry Binisti (On both sides of the Mediterranean)

Major Annual Events

My French Film Festival (January)
A completely dematerialized festival proposed on IFcinéma, presenting ten short and ten feature films, all recent, of young cinematographic creation in France, along with learning files for teachers.
Francophonie (March)
Celebrating the French language and cinema in 2014 via 8 films by Nicolas Philibert, Alain Gomis, Leïla Kilani, Moussa Touré, etc.
La Fête du cinéma d’animation – (Animated Film Festival) (October)
A festival brought up to an international level by the Institut français, running each year through the month of October, with a specific guest of honor, a major filmmaker. After Michel Ocelot in 2013, the guest of honor in 2014 will be Jacques-Rémy Girerd, founder of the Folimage studio, and director of Tante Hilda!
The Documentary Film Month (November)
An event that enhances documentaries created in all their diversity, distributed internationally by the Institut français, proposing in 2014, two spotlights on filmmakers ((Jean Rouch et Claire Simon) and three theme-based series to celebrate 15 years of the event. Encounters, discussions and cross-programs question the world we live in. 
Short Film Festival – Le jour le plus court (December)
Festival to present short films riches and diversity – fiction, documentary, animation, traditional and experimental films. Special programs presented by the Institut français.
Être et avoir de Nicolas Philibert (Documentary Film Month) – Double mixte de Vincent Mariette (Le Jour le plus court) – Princes et Princesses de Michel Ocelot (Animated Film Festival)

Learning with Films

Cinema education
Recent and older films along with film analyses, intended for instructors and students alike of schools from all levels, as well as film school students.
Film Schools
  • La Fémis
16 awarded short films by young talent, end-of-year works and personal research, representing different learning departments of La Fémis: directing, production, sound, image, editing
  • Les Ateliers Varan
10 films directed by young filmmakers in training in France or abroad, within the framework of Ateliers Varan, a learning center on how to direct documentaries.
Cinema and Learning the French Language
More than 300 films and approximately 40 learning files to be accessed by French teachers abroad on the online cinema platform, IFcinéma. French subtitles are also available.
Discussions, workshops, master classes
Encounters with cinema historians, professionals, filmmakers and actors, with the support of the Institut français
Requests on IFprog
Cinema exhibits
Exhibit offerings linked to films – Pierre Étaix, 60 years of Positif, Jean-Pierre Melville, Isabelle Huppert –, completed by moving exhibitions of the Cinémathèque française.
Development tools for the public
Suggestions and links to know more about cultural action programs implemented by French independent theaters to reach out to a new public.
Toucher l'horizon by Emma Benestan Les Naufragés by François Abdelnour (La Fémis) Blush by Luciana Botelho Bodnar (Les Ateliers Varan)

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Photograph: Benoit Jacquot. In 2014 a retrospective is dedicated to his work.