London Film Festival 2009

Selection of cross-channel cinema.

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Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and The French Kissers
Around A Small Mountain (36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Jacques Rivette; Writer: Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette; Stars: Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, André Marcon, Jacques Bonnaffé, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Hélène de Vallombreuse, Tintin Orsoni, Vimala Pons, Mikaël Gaspar, Stéphane Laisné, Dominique D'Angelo, Hélène De Bissy, Pierre Barayre, Marie-Paule André, Julie-Anne Roth)
The last days of a travelling circus.
The French Kissers (Les Beaux Gosses) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Riad Sattouf; Stars: Vincent Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo, Alice Tremoliere)
A geeky underachiever finds his life turning around when the prettiest girl in his class declares an interest in him - but both are nervous, and they soon discover that relationships are fragile things.
The Girl On The Train (La fille du RER) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: André Téchiné; Writer: Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset, André Téchiné; Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Michel Blanc, Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Demy, Ronit Elkabetz, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jérémie Quaegebeur, Djibril Pavadé, Alain Cauchi, Amer Alwan, Mélaine Leconte, Raphaëline Goupilleau, Arnaud Valois, Bruno Mary, Jessica Borio)
Ensemble drama examining the politics, lifestyle and rise of anti-Semitism in contemporary France.
Hadewijch (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Bruno Dumont; Writer: Bruno Dumont; Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Yassine Salihine, David Dewaele, Karl Sarafidis), Official Site
Exploration of religious extremism as viewed through the eyes of a young woman.
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (L'Enfer D'Henri-Georges Clouzot) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea; Writer: Serge Bromberg; Stars: Catherine Allégret, Bérénice Bejo, Jacques Gamblin, Serge Reggiani, Romy Schneider)
A documentary about the great director Henri-Georges Clouzot and the fabulously innovative film that almost killed him.
Hadewijch Hadewijch
Hadewijch and The Girl On The Train
Leaving (Partir) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Catherine Corsini; Writer: Catherine Corsini; Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi López, Yvan Attal, Bernard Blancan, Aladin Reibel, Alexandre Vidal, Daisy Broom, Berta Esquirol, Gérard Lartigau, Geneviève Casile, Philippe Laudenbach, Michèle Ernou, Jonathan Cohen, Hélène Babu, Sali Cervià)
A bourgeois married mum decides to ditch everything when she embarks on a passionate affair.
My Greatest Escape (Ne me libérez pas, je m'en charge) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Fabienne Godet)
Documentary tracing the story of Michel Vaujour, who escaped from a Paris prison on board a helicopter.
Persecution (Persécution) (Country: France, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Patrice Chéreau; Writer: Patrice Chéreau, Anne-Louise Trividic; Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gilles Cohen, Michel Duchaussoy, Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Xavier Robic)
A loner becomes dogged by a mysterious tramp.
Regrets (Les regrets) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Cédric Kahn; Writer: Cédric Kahn; Stars: Yvan Attal, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Arly Jover, Philippe Katerine, François Négret, Lisbeth Wagner, Franck Mercadal, Vincent Berger, Gurvan Cloatre, Laurent Lévy, David Tissot, Emmanuelle Lepoutre)
Thriller sees the paths of former lovers cross, sparking trouble for their spouses.
The Thorn In The Heart (L'épine dans le coeur) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Michel Gondry; Writer: Michel Gondry; Stars: Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry, Sasha Allard, Remi Andre, Lucas Andreo, Laura Arjailles, Sophie Balderelli, Viviane Bastide, Henri Bec, Gabrielle Bell, Denis Bertaux, Denis Bertavy, Berthezene Denise, Francis Bertot, Gerard Bertrand)
Documentary tribute to the director's great aunt.
Leaving Leaving
Leaving and White Material
White Material (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Claire Denis; Writer: Claire Denis, Marie N'Diaye; Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Isaach De Bankolé, William Nadylam, David Gozlan, Christopher Lambert)
European ex-pats in Africa find their lives threatened by the outbreak of civil war.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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