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2015 International Film Festival

Films for lovers of the French language

 

For nearly half a century the New Zealand International Film Festival has been dedicated to expanding the options of audiences and film-makers alike. NZIFF is a popular annual event operated by a charitable trust.

For those with a love of the French language we have a variety of films this year in French (with English subtitles) for you to choose from, including several direct from Cannes.The last two films listed are set in France and made by French film-makers, although they are in English.

My Golden Days

Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse | France 2015 | Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

An engagingly eccentric and engrossingly literate coming-of-age film from French writer-director Arnaud Desplechin (My Sex Life), featuring Mathieu Amalric and a cast of brilliant young newcomers.

Girlhood

Bande de filles | France 2015 | Directed by Céline Sciamma

Newcomer Karidja Touré makes a mesmerising impression as a teenager drawn out of her shell and into a black girl gang in Céline Sciamma’s energetic and deeply empathetic drama, set in the tough suburbs of Paris.

Far From Men

Loin des hommes | France 2015 | Directed by David Oelhoffen

This gripping existential Western – North African style – sees Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb play two men battling to survive in 50s Algeria. Based on a story by Albert Camus and scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Mommy

Canada 2014 | Directed by Xavier Dolan

The emotional roller-coaster of a single mother’s relationship with her ADHD teenage son is rendered with intense sympathy and dramatic flair by 25-year-old director Xavier Dolan. Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize in 2014.

Clouds of Sils Maria

France/Germany/Switzerland 2014 | Directed by Olivier Assayas
IN ENGLISH

Actresses Juliet Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz bring ample personal history to this engrossing drama of theatre-world affinities and rivalries from the director of Summer Hours and Irma Vep.

Saint Laurent
Belgium/France 2014 | Directed by Bertrand Bonello

The latest French biopic of the iconic fashion designer is a heady experience, stunningly realised without official YSL approval, and concentrating on the decade that culminated with a triumphant collection in 1976.

Measure of a Man

La Loi du marché | France 2015 | Directed by Stéphane Brizé WORLD

In a compelling performance that won him the Best Actor Award at Cannes, Vincent Lindon plays a laid-off factory worker battling to fend for his family and retain compassion and integrity at the bottom of the heap.

The Brand New Testament

Le Tout nouveau testament | Belgium/France/Luxembourg 2015 | Directed by Jaco van Dormael

There’s the Old Testament, the New Testament and now this surreal and funny Brand New one in which God’s ten-year-old daughter leaves home on a mission to liberate humanity from the bored old man’s destructive whims.

Marie's Story

Marie Heurtin | France 2014 | Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris

Education and divine mission drive this 19th-century French pastoral drama: the true story of deaf-blind Marie Heurtin. Her life transforms with the discovery of language, due to the incredible persistence of a Catholic nun.

Love 3D

Marie Heurtin | France 2014 | Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris
IN ENGLISH

Education and divine mission drive this 19th-century French pastoral drama: the true story of deaf-blind Marie Heurtin. Her life transforms with the discovery of language, due to the incredible persistence of a Catholic nun.