For four days, from Sunday 30th June to Wednesday 3rd July 2019, the Fête du Cinéma returns, offering audiences the height of entertainment. For this 35th edition, which will take place throughout France and abroad, the line-up combines arthouse films and blockbusters, like Parasites (2019), the latest Cannes Palm d’Or winner by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, and Guy Ritchie’s new remake of Aladdin (2019). Action films, comedies, documentaries, cinema classics, re-releases and more: the public benefits from a vast selection, at a flat price of 4 euros per seat.
A constantly-changing formula
Created on 14th June 1985 by the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF) and Jack Lang, Minister of Culture, this new 24-hour event was called "The longest day at the cinema". For the price of a single ticket, viewers could watch film after film until dawn. Over the years, the duration of the Fête du Cinéma has changed. Since 2012, this event has taken place over 4 consecutive days.
Beyond screenings in cinemas, the festival now involves many other elements which bring it a new and exciting dimension. Games, debates, a film flea market and various activities like the "Winning Seat”, which gives spectators the chance to win 1 year of free cinema or a trip to Hollywood, an invitation to the Cannes Film Festival or to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. This year, the National Centre for Cinema and Animation (CNC) is organising an Instagram story competition on the theme of musicals, which offers the chance to spend days on-set during filming.
A Travelling Festival
This year from 27th June to 7th July, the Fête du Cinéma will once again travel around the world through the cultural network of Instituts françaises and Alliances françaises, which will be hosting screenings, events, meetings and workshops. From Kuwait to the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Burkina Faso and Burundi, an eclectic and often thematic line-up will feature children’s films like Spirou and Fantasio’s Big Adventures (“Les Aventures de Spirou et Fantasio”) (2018), comedies like Let the Girls Play (“Comme des garçons") (2018), the arthouse film Kiss and Cry (2017), and classics like The Young Girls of Rochefort (“Les Demoiselles de Rochefort”) (1967) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”)(1964). Genre films will also be showcased with Just a Breath Away (“Dans la brume”) (2018) and The Night Eats the World (“La Nuit a dévoré le monde”) (2018) two films at the intersection of thriller and science fiction.
This global circulation of the Fête du Cinéma, contributes to international visibility and development of French film creation, in all its diversity.
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