My Men opens French Film Festival

Director Emma Luchini attends Q&A

by Amber Wilkinson

The French Film Festival's Ilona Morrison and Richard Mowe with My Men director Emma Luchini at Edinburgh Filmhouse
The French Film Festival's Ilona Morrison and Richard Mowe with My Men director Emma Luchini at Edinburgh Filmhouse Photo: Ludovic Farine
Emma Luchini introduces My Men at Edinburgh Filmhouse
Emma Luchini introduces My Men at Edinburgh Filmhouse Photo: Ludovic Farine
The French Film Festival opened last night with a Scottish gala screening of Emma Luchini's My Men (Un Début prometteur) at Edinburgh Filmhouse, which was shown alongside her short film La Femme De Rio.

Speaking about the short - and the aspects it shares with the feature film - she said: "The feature film takes so long - and really, in this case, a long time, so we decided with the author of the book, who plays the lead in the short movie, to make something and experiment. To do something, because if you don't, you die. So we wrote it and it's like a variation on the feature."

Luchini declared herself “ravie” to be part of the Festival - and revealed that one of the scenes shot in Monet's garden at Giverny Monet’s garden cost almost half of the budget.

“But it was worth it,” she said, adding: "It was the best night of my life." She also acknowledged a taste for cheesey songs, some of which featured on the soundtrack with original music.

The screening was preceded by a drinks reception at the Sheraton Hotel. Tonight (November 11) the film will be screened at Glasgow Film Theatre at 6.10pm and feature a post-screenign Q&A with Luchini.

Watch a clip from the film:

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