French Film Festival 2009

A section aimed to broaden your knowledge of French cinema and introduce you to some new up-and-coming faces.

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Eldorado Eldorado
Eldorado and Another Man
Another Man (Un autre homme) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2008; Director: Lionel Baier; Writer: Lionel Baier; Stars: Robin Harsch, Natacha Koutchoumov, Elodie Weber, Georges-Henri Dépraz, Brigitte Jordan, Olivia Csiky Trnka, Bulle Ogier, Agnieszka Kowalski, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Ursula Meier, Claude Muret, Bernabé Rico, Michal Rudnicki), Official Site
Psychological drama about a young, inexperienced film reviewer who falls for the charms of a well-established female colleague.
Eldorado (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2008; Director: Bouli Lanners; Writer: Bouli Lanners; Stars: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon, Didier Toupy, Françoise Chichéry, Stefan Liberski, Baptiste Isaia, Rausin Jean-Jacques, Renaud Rutten, Jean-Luc Meekers)
A car dealer and a hapless burglar go on a road trip across Belgium.
The First Star (La première étoile) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Lucien Jean-Baptiste; Writer: Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar; Stars: Firmine Richard, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Anne Consigny, Jimmy Woha, Ludovic François, Loreyna Colombo, Bernadette Lafont, Michel Jonasz, Gilles Benizio, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jacques Frantz, Edouard Montoute, Cyril Couton, Marie Parouty, Yanig Samot)
A gambling dad tells his daughter he'll take the family skiing... but doesn't bank on the ultimatum from his wife: "Keep your promise or I'll leave."
Grown-Ups (Les grandes personnes) (Country: France, Sweden; Year: 2008; Director: Anne Novion; Writer: Béatrice Colombier, Anne Novion, Mathieu Robin; Stars: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Anaïs Demoustier, Judith Henry, Lia Boysen, Jakob Eklund, Anastasios Soulis, Björn Gustafsson, Mirja Turestedt, Dag Malmberg, Åsa Göransson, Pierre Lindstedt, Sven-Erik Siljestav, Stefan Hurtig, Louis Guerpillon, Anna-Lena Erlandson)
A teenager finds the dreariness of her yearly 'holidays' with her single dad lifted when their latest destination is double-booked.
Nueilly, Yo Mama! (Neuilly sa mère!) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Gabriel Laferrière; Writer: Philippe de Chauveron, Marc de Chauveron, Gilles Laurent; Stars: Samy Seghir, Denis Podalydès, Rachida Brakni, Jérémy Denisty, Joséphine Japy, Mathieu Spinosi, Chloé Coulloud, Farida Khelfa, Anne Duverneuil, Pierre-Louis Bellet, Shaiko Dieng, Josiane Balasko, Valérie Lemercier, Booder, Steve Tran)
An arab teenager finds himself transplanted to the swanky Nueilly quarter of Paris and has to stand up both to his over-privileged cousin and bullies at his new posh school.
Versailles (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Pierre Schöller; Writer: Pierre Schöller; Stars: Guillaume Depardieu, Max Baissette Baissette de Malglaive, Judith Chemla, Aure Atika, Patrick Descamps, Brigitte Sy, Franck Bruneau, Philippe Dupagne, Matteo Giovannetti, Blandine Lenoir)
After a chance encounter a social misfit is left looking after a five-year-old in the forest.
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