French Film Festival 2009

The first chance to sample some of the top French titles due on UK screens soon.

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Father Of My Children (Le père de mes enfants) (Country: Germany, France; Year: 2009; Director: Mia Hansen-Løve; Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve; Stars: Chiara Caselli, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Alice de Lencquesaing, Michaël Abiteboul, Manelle Driss, Sandrine Dumas, Eric Elmosnino, Dominique Frot, Alice Gautier, Libertad Gills, Valerie Lang, Harald Leander, Igor Hansen Love, Antoine Mathieu, Patrick Mimoun), Official Site
A French producer struggles to balance completing his roster of films with the demands of his young family.
A Prophet (Un prophète) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Jacques Audiard; Writer: Thomas Bidegain and Jacques Audiard, based on an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit; Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Antoine Basler, Leïla Bekhti, Pierre Leccia, Foued Nassah, Jean-Emmanuel Pagni, Frédéric Graziani, Slimane Dazi), Official Site, Trailer
An illiterate teenager struggles when he is sent to jail, but after embarking on a series of "missions" for a gang leader, he begins to hatch plans of his own.
Séraphine (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2008; Director: Martin Provost; Writer: Marc Abdelnour, Martin Provost; Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich, Adélaïde Leroux, Nico Rogner, Françoise Lebrun, Hélène Hardouin, Serge Larivière, Léna Breban, Sandrine Bodenes, Muriel Riou, Dominique Pozzetto, Josette Ménard, Xavier Pottier)
Portrait of French 'outsider' artist Séraphine de Senlis.
Welcome (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Philippe Lioret; Writer: Olivier Adam, Emmanuel Courcol, Philippe Lioret; Stars: Vincent Lindon, Derya Ayverdi, Audrey Dana, Firat Ayverdi)
A Kurdish boy from Iraq trying to reach the UK strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Frenchman.
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