French Film Festival 2010

Ssection dedicated to films by first and second-time directors. This year widened to encompass films from Switzerland and Quebec.

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The Hedgehog The Hedgehog
The Hedgehog and Straight To The Heart
An Ordinary Execution (Une Exécution Ordinaire) (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Marc Dugain; Writer: Marc Dugain; Stars: André Dussollier, Marina Hands, Edouard Baer, Denis Podalydès, Tom Novembre, Grégory Gadebois, Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus, Anne Benoît, Marie Payen, Amandine Dewasmes, Régis Romele, Gilles Ségal, Vincent Ozanon, Horatiu Bob, Denis Falgoux), Official Site
An imagined encounter between the ageing Joseph Stalin and a young doctor with extraordinary healing abilities.
Bus Palladium (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Christopher Thompson; Writer: Christopher Thompson; Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Arthur Dupont, Elisa Sednaoui, Géraldine Pailhas, François Civil, Jules Pélissier, Abraham Belaga, Karole Rocher, Dominique Reymond, Naomi Greene, Noémie Lvovsky, Solange Najman, Agathe Bonitzer, Xavier Pottier, Zara Prassinot), Official Site
A group of rockers try to make it big, learning life lessons along the way.
The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Mona Achache; Writer: Mona Achache, Muriel Barbery; Stars: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Igawa Togo, Anne Brochet, Ariane Ascoride, Wladmir Yordanoff, Sarah Le Picard, Jean-Luc Porraz), Official Site
A precocious 11-year-old decides to kill herself on her 12th birthday.
Imogène (Imogène McCarthery) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Alexandre Charlot, Franck Magnier; Writer: Alexandre Charlot, Charles Exbrayat, Franck Magnier; Stars: Catherine Frot, Lambert Wilson, Danièle Lebrun, Michel Aumont, Lionel Abelanski, Pierre Laplace, Francis Leplay, Nicolas Vaude, Sara Giraudeau, Anne Benoît, Michel Duchaussoy)
Fifties-style spy spoof, set in Scotland
The Small Room (La Petite Chambre) (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond; Stars: Florence Loiret Caille, Michel Bouquet, Eric Caravaca, Joël Delsaut, Valerie Bodson, Véronique Fauconnet, Marc Olinger, Claudine Pelletier, Daniel Plier, Raoul Schlechter)
A relationship sparks between a bereaved nurse and an old man.
Bus Palladium Bus Palladium
Bus Palladium and An Ordinary Execution
Straight To The Heart (En Plein Coeur) (Country: Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Stéphane Géhami; Writer: Julian Ferrera, Stéphane Géhami, Jacques Marcotte, Héloïse Masse; Stars: Bénédicte Décary, Julie Deslauriers, Sandra Dumaresq, Patrice Godin, Karine Lagueux, Jean Maheux, Jacques Marcotte, Marie-France Marcotte, Keven Noël, Martin David Peters, Pierre Rivard, Dino Tavarone)
A car thief runs into trouble when he experiences love at first sight.
White As Snow (Blanc Comme Neige) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2010; Director: Christophe Blanc; Writer: Christophe Blanc, Roger Bohbot; Stars: François Cluzet, Olivier Gourmet, Jonathan Zaccaï, Bouli Lanners, Louise Bourgoin, Pertti Koivula, Ilkka Koivula, Kai Lehtinen, Sasha Queille, Lauri Uusitalo, Brigitte Messina, Gianluca Matarrese, Noria Tzaprenko, Ludo Hellinx, Luc Wouters), Official Site
Film noir sees a car salesman in deep trouble turn to his dodgy brothers for help.

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