French Film Festival launches in Glasgow

Romantic Anonymous opens to a sell-out crowd.

by Jennie Kermode

Gentle comedy Romantics Anonymous opened the French Film Festival in Glasgow tonight, with director Jean-Pierre Améris in attendance. "I love Scotland," he told fans. "This was the first place I ever travelled without my parents. That was 20 years ago now, but I have been back many times since."

This year's festival is much bigger than previous ones. Director Richard Mowe explained that he sees it as a trial run for a spectacular event next year, which will be the festival's 20th. That doesn't mean that this year's films aren't impressive in their own right. From offbeat romances like Angel And Tony to satirical comedy The Conquest and powerful dramas like Hands Up, there's plenty of choice, and at least ten special guests will be visiting venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and London. This year the festival is reaching out to new venue, with some films screening in the Borders town of Hawick.

The festival runs from November 9 to December 7, and we'll be bringing you extensive coverage here at Eye For Film. You can read our coverage so far, here.

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