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Bullet Train, Review: Brad luck Pitt

Bullet Train, Review: Brad luck Pitt A Japanese book adapted into an American film, with Brad Pitt in the leading role, set on a high speed train, with armed and dangerous Mafia agents and gangsters on board, seems to be the menu for a high-octane entertainer. And for once, a film delivers most of what it promises. It is a quaint mix of mayhem, mirth and thrills. Bullet Train re-works the gangster genre with a twist that is so obvious that you wonder why did nobody think of it before. And tha...

IFFI 52, 044: Lingui, The Sacred Bonds propagates Gandhian ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence

IFFI 52, 044: Lingui, The Sacred Bonds propagates Gandhian ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence Lingui, The Sacred Bonds - an internationally co-produced drama film recounting the story of the sacred relationship between a mother and daughter, and their survival against the harsh laws set by men – won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI 52. It was an official selection in the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival, 2021. The film is a bold portrayal of female struggle ...

Pierre Deladonchamps & Vincent Lacoste on Sorry Angel (Cannes 2018 Competition)

Pierre Deladonchamps is a French actor and filmmaker, known for Stranger by the lake, Golden Years & House of Time. In Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite) by Christophe Honoré portrays a 90s Parisian gay writer who develops a relationship with a young student, Vincent Lacoste, who is also one of France's youngest talents, known for Amanda and The French Kissers.  Bodies are very important in Christophe’s films. How did you get comfortable with that?  &nb...

COLCOA edition of 2018 is officially open!

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"From On High" to have French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde!

"From On High" will have its French premiere with Festival Retours du Monde in St. Jean-St. Nicolas, France May 23-26, 2018. The film, shot and edited in the Barcelona area of Catalunya by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, is about a young Syrian refugee girl who finds a better life in Europe. An original score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. "From On High" was written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Productions shingle out o...

"From On High" to have Spanish premiere in Ciudad Real!

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Scrappy presented in Argentina!

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Afterglow goes international!

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Urucu Media, one of South Africa’s newest feature film production houses, which recently produced the internationally acclaimed Necktie Youth, is proud to announce that they have partnered with Cannes’s La Semaine de la Critique (Critic’s Week) to host a dynamic selection of the top films emerging from this programme in recent years.  The South African programme launches as part of the Durban International Film Festival 2015, at Cinecentre, Suncoast ...

Games People Play accepted to Rwanda Film Fest for July!

"Games People Play" has been accepted to the Rwanda Film Fest in Kigali, Rwanda for July 19-31, 2015. The film was shot on the Canon C500 thanks to the generosity of Canon USA, Inc. "Games People Play" stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with helmer Dawn Westlake who also wrote the screenplay. Filmed in the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, the film has a Morricone-esque score by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on...

New York Lauds Godard with Awesome Retrospective

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OTOH: Switzerland - Submission to ÉCU 2013

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Call for entries for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2013!

For short films completed in 2011 (after June 1, 2011): October 15, 2012 For short films completed in 2012 (after January 1, 2012): December 20, 2012 Submissions must be postmarked by the applicable deadline based on the production year of your film, and late submissions will not be considered and screener DVDs cannot be returned under any circumstances. International / Asia International Competition 1. Japan Premieres Only: Your film MUST NOT have been screened in Japan on any media and oc...

Les Fameux Gars

Director: Adolf El Assal.
THE NOTORIOUS GUYS tells the story of Steven, a 23-year old pupil attending a special needs class in Luxembourg. He is overjoyed to hear that his school has won a trip to visit Portugal. As soon as Steven arrives on location, he decides to discover his homeland on his own with his friends. But things lead that they are on the Most Wanted List for money counterfeiting. That's when Steven's best friend, Guy-Desire (who had to stay at home because of bad grades) is about to come to their rescue.


Director: Florent Tillon.
The automobile industry jumpstarted Detroit’s rise and made it the most industrialized city in the United States. But because of changes in American society and population demographics, the city lay deserted for decades and urban prairies complete with falcon, deer and coyote turning out the urban landscape in a B movie setting. Now an unexpected turn of events has created an environment where young people are moving back into the ruins of the former Detroit... are they a new kind of pioneer? Could this now be a way for America to be “rediscovered”?

Call for Script/Film Entries: The 6th Annual SURGE Film Festival 2012. Early Bird Deadline for Entries, July 14, 2011

Call for Script/Film Entries: The 6th Annual SURGE Film Festival Dear friends in this group and beyond, The Sixth Annual S.U.R.G.E. Film Festival is accepting entries. We accept Multimedia, Film and Script Entries. We offer wonderful Early Bird discounts until July 14th on all entry Fees. We accept entries through Withoutabox (click here) or through our website (click here). After that we accept entries until November 2011 for the 2012 festiva...

French Film Panorama



From April 5 to May 30 2011, UniFrance films - an organization promoting French cinema worldwide - and the French Embassy in China, are presenting the eighth edition of the French Film Panorama in China in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.


A selection composed of ten recently released feature films and ten short films, established in cooperation with SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film, Television), will be brought to the Chinese audience. The films will be screened in French with Chinese subtitles. The screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with the directors, actors and producers who will be traveling to China to promote the films, meet with the press and the Chinese audience. Masterclasses will be held in various universities.


The opening ceremony of Panorama will take place in Sanlitun Village in Beijing on April 7th, as well as the special screening of the film "Potiche", with Director François Ozon attending. The delegation will then go to Chengdu and Shenzhen in order to meet the local audience.


The Annual French Film Panorama in China aims to promote newly produced French films to the local distributors, the press as well as the Chinese spectators.


The Panorama is made possible thanks to the support of CNC, Paris City Government, Air France, Fondation Gan, Groupama, LVT, Broadway Cinemas, Stellar Cinema Chengdu, Jinyi International Cinemas, Sofitel Wanda Chengdu, Hotel G Beijing, Institut Français, Alliance Française, Art Genesis.


(This initiative only reflects the organizer's opinion. The European Commission and the All-China Youth Federation cannot be held responsible for the content of this initiative. )



Films list

Screenings will be held in French with Chinese subtitles


(Feature Films)

Potiche directed by François Ozon (Opening night movie, exclusive preview)

Angèle et Tony directed by Alix Delaporte

Copacabana directed by Marc Fitoussi

Océans directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

No et moi directed by Zabou Breitman

Tout ce qui brille directed by Hervé Mimran and Géraldine Nakache

Une vie de chat directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean Loup Felicioli

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie directed by Eric Lartigau

Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart directed by René Féret

Les Femmes du 6e étage directed by Philippe Le Guay


(Short Films)

Program 1

Chienne d'histoire by Serge Avédikian

Dans la jungle des villes by Stéphane Demoustier et Denis Eyriey

Les amies qui t'aiment by Alexis Van Stratum

Mémoire fossile by Anne-Laure Torato

Je pourrais être votre grand-mère by Bernard Tanguy


Program 2

Logorama by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain

Des enfants dans les arbres by Bania Medjbar

Madagascar, carnet de voyage by Bastien Dubois

Cul de bouteille by Jean-Claude Rozecs

Richard aux yeux bizarres by Nicolas Livecchi

La carte by Stéfan Le Lay


Delegation list (subject to change)


Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre - UniFrance films President

Zabou Breitman - Director & Actress of "No et moi"

Frédéric Brillion - Producer of "No et moi"

Jacques Cluzaud - Director of "Oceans"

Alix Delaporte - Director of "Angèle et Tony"

Hervé Mimran - Director  of "Tout ce qui brille"

Marc Fitoussi - Director of "Copacabana"

Alain Gagnol - Director of "Une vie de chat"

Eric Lartigau - Director of "L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie"

François Ozon - Director of "Potiche"

Evgueni Galperine - Composer of "L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie"

Delphine Chuillot - Actresse of "Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart"



Cinema information :


In Beijing


5 to 9 April:

Broadway cinemas Star City cinema

(BB65, Oriental Plaza, No.1 East Chang An Ave.Dong Cheng District 100738)

Broadway Cinematheque MOMA

(T4, China MOMA North Section, No. 1 Xiangheyuan Street)


14 to 30 May:

Institut Français

(18Gongti xi lu, Chaoyang District 100020)



In Shenzhen (10 to 16 April):

Jin Yi International Cinemas

(G Floor, No.3 YiJing Zhong Xin Cheng, Fu Hua Yi Lu, Fu Tian Qu,Shenzhen)



In Chengdu (17 to 23 April) :

Stellar Yingdu Multiplexe

(No.68 Zongfu RD, Chengdu,Sichuan)


In Hangzhou (30 April - 7 May):

Broadway Cinemas Hangzhou Mixc Mall

(3th Floor, MIXC Mall, 701 Fuchun Road, Hangzhou


Director: Eric ATLAN.
MORTEM is a metaphysical THRILLER. The story of JENA, a young woman who defies her own death during all one night.

la fille coupable

Director: Ana Maria Gomes, Alice de Sagazan, Stéphanie Cazaentre.

call for films

THE INCONNU FESTIVAL - 2011 CALL FOR FILMS   Directors! If you are looking for an audience to discover your talents, send your work to The Inconnu Festival! The 8th edition of our short-film festival will be held from the 27-30 April 2011 in Paris! Films must be between 5-25 minutes in length, but as for the rest, surprise us! If your film is i...

Bilbao Borderline

Director: Jean-Christophe Meunier.

French Cinema Now

The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now, Thursday, October 28Wednesday, November 3, at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level. The weeklong annual festival brings the most significant new work from one of the world’s most renowned filmmaking countries to discerning Bay Area audiences. FCN covers a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres, builds a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema and delivers some of the country’s most vital filmmakers in person to San Francisco audiences.