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  • Talma Gotteiner

The 19th French Film Festival - Hourra!

Hi there,

The 19th edition of the French Film Festival, one of the favorite festivals of the Israeli audience, will take place in various cinemas around the country, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Herzliya, Holon, Sderot, and Rosh Pina.

The festival will open with an Israeli première of director Martin Bourboulon's film "Eiffel" starring Romain Duris and alongside the French / British actress, Emma Mackey, known from the series "Sex Education".

The story of the renowned architect and engineer and the story of the construction of the tower that became the iconic symbol of Paris. Through an exciting love story the director brings us an impressive and fascinating epic film about one of the most recognizable monuments in the entire world, the Eiffel Tower. The film is screened courtesy of Lev Cinema.

The festival will closed by the film "On est fait pour s'entendre". Actor and Director Pascal Elbé's drama alongside Sandrine Kiberlain is about a man in his early 50s who discovers that he is losing his hearing and tries to ignore it, but reality invites him to a miserable confrontation and perhaps an opening for hope and love. Pascal Elbé has visited the country several times and even shot a film here. Ronit Elkabetz starred in his first directorial work, "Turkish Head."

The 19th French Film Festival - Hourra!
Credit: 'Eiffel' cinematographer Matias Boucard

WHEN: May 16, 2022 - May 31, 2022

16 films will be screened during the festival. Festival director, Caroline Boneh has chosen films from the past year that showcase the imagery and diversity in French cinema today. From period films to social films.

The festival is produced by Eden Cinema under the direction of Caroline Boneh, in collaboration with the French Institute in Israel and with the assistance of UniFrance and L'Occitane.

Of note in this year's festival, is the fact that out of the 16 films that will be screened, eleven of them place women as leading characters in the plot and four of the films were directed by women directors.

As every year the festival present the best films, created by prominent creators in the French film industry starring the beloved and well-known actors and alongside debut films and films that reveal the contemporary generation of French cinema today and its diversity in terms of the origin of the actors and actresses. Many of this year's festival films are based on literary works.


François Ozon's film, "Everything Went Fine" starring Sophie Marcea and Charlotte Rampling, premiered at the last Cannes Film Festival and received critical acclaim.

"Lost Illusions" by Xavier Giannoli, his spectacular work based on an adaptation of Balzac's novel. The big winner of this year's César Competition, in which he won seven awards, including Best Film and best supporting actor and best promising actor awards for the young duo Benjamin Voisin and Vincent Lacoste.

Juliette Binoche will excite you in the film "Between Two Worlds", based on the book by Florence Aubenas, the journalist who was captured by ISIS and released. Binoche plays a journalist impersonating a cleaning lady who works on the ferry ships in a small town in the north of France revealing the hard facts of their lives. An impressive film in which she acts alongside women whose work it is in real life appearing on screen for the first time.

Isabelle Huppert once again proves that she is one of the greatest actresses in the world in the political drama "The Promises" alongside actor Reda Kateb.

Natalie Baye in "Haute Couture", occupies the screen as a sewing room manager, a Jew, at the Dior fashion house whose job is her whole life. An encounter with a girl from the suburbs, the rising actress Lyna Khoudri, presents her with new challenges.

Karin Viard impresses you with the drama "Tokyo Shaking", as a banker in Tokyo during the tsunami in Fukushima who has to deal with her responsibilities to the French, foreign and Japanese workers as well as her family. A fascinating film about taking responsibility in difficult times.

Agnès Jaoui and Najaa Bensaid in a fascinating film "Compagnons" (i.e.The Companions) about a girl who loves street art and the welfare services who are trying to find a way to get her away from the street that threatens her.

Virginie Efira will break your heart as Camille the eccentric character in the film "Waiting for Bojangles" the woman who all her life seeks pleasure, fun and dance until it is revealed that she suffers from bipolar disorder and forces her family members to deal with the difficult situation. The film is based on Olivier Bourdeaut's bestseller, which has been translated into many languages ​​and will be published in Hebrew under the title "This is how life is beautiful".

Two other women in a special dialogue are veteran actress Sabine Azéma, director Alain Renee's muse and once again rising actress Lyna Khoudri in "The Place of Another", an adaptation of a novel by English writer Wilkie Collins, directed by Aurélia Georges.

And another selection of movies

"Délicieux", about the first chef's restaurant in history, a film that will whet your appetite, "Fragile", a comedy about love and brokenness.

And more

The festival will also provide another opportunity to watch Albert Dupontel's wonderful film "Hello and Goodbye" last year's big winner César Competition starring Virginie Efira.

The 19th edition of the festival will allow you to meet again with the beloved stars Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Nathalie Baye, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karin Viard, Virginie Efira, Romain Duris, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling, Agnès Jaoui and more alongside rising stars like Benjamin Lavernhe , Vincent Lacoste, Lyna Khoudri and more.

Artistic Production and Management Caroline Boneh, Eden Cinema. In collaboration with the French Institute in Israel, UniFrance films and L'Occitane Company

Amusez-vous bien!


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