by Helen Barlow

The first French-language film festival to be held entirely online, it has attracted more than 54 million viewers in over 200 territories since it was first established. This year, the short films can be viewed free of charge, while the feature films have a viewing charge of €1.99 per film or €7.99 per pack.

A jury will decide the competition winner and award a prize of €15,000. Two other awards will be handed out by the audience and an international press jury.

Three films in the competition, in particular, are recommended:

Just Kids

The story of two siblings left to their own devices after the death of their parents is a real heart warmer. Rebellious nineteen year-old Jack (a fabulous Kacey Mottet Klein from Being 17 and Sister) has a job and must look after his ten year-old brother Mathis played by Andrea Maggiulli, who is a cool dude and in some ways is more mature than his elder brother. Maggiulli is quite a discovery.

Josep

As you discover in this animated feature, Josep Bartoli was a little-known Spanish Franco-era newspaper cartoonist who is finally being given recognition. In 1939, he was one of 50,000 Spanish Republicans who crossed the Pyrenees to find refuge in France, only to be placed in a concentration camp. He managed to flee to the US and Mexico where he befriended and worked with Frida Kahlo with whom he was more than just friends. The colour palette becomes vibrant during this period.

Adolescentes

Sebastien Lifshitz (The Invisibles) follows two teenage girls, one rich, one poor, over five years in a small French city as they discover their sexuality. It more resembles a fictional feature than a documentary.

COMPETITION

ADOLESCENTES by Sébastien Lifshitz (France)

CAMILLE by Boris Lojkine (France)

ENORMOUS by Sophie Letourneur (France)

FELICITÀ by Bruno Merle (France)

WORKING GIRLS by Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicevich (Belgium, in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles Images)

HEROES DON’T DIE by Aude Léa Rapin (France)

JOSEP by Aurel (France)

JUST KIDS by Christophe Blanc (France)

YOU DESERVE A LOVER by Hafsia Herzi (France)

BURNING GHOST by Stéphane Batut (France)

3 feature films are presented out of competition.

KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault (Canada, in partnership with Téléfilm Canada)

MADAME by Stéphane Riethauser (Switzerland, in partnership with SWISS FILMS)

ORPHEUS by Jean Cocteau

10 short films are presented in competition.

BEAUTY BOYS by Florent Gouëlou (France)

EMPTY PLACES by Geoffroy de Crécy (France)

INTERMISSION by Anthony Lemaitre (France)

NUCLEAR FAMILY by Faustine Crespy (Belgium, in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles Images)

BLUE FEAR by Marie Jacotey and Lola Halifa-Legrand (France)

FRIEND OF A FRIEND by Zachary Zezima (France)

MISS CHAZELLES by Thomas Vernay (France)

NOT A WORD by Élodie Wallace (France)

SOLE MIO by Maxime Roy (France)

FIRST GOODBYES by Mathilde Profit (France)

2 short films are presented out of competition.

MUTTS by Halima Ouardiri (Canada, in partnership with Téléfilm Canada)

LIFE OF THE DEAD by Arnaud Desplechin (France)

Organised for several years in thematic sections mixing shorts and feature films, MyFrenchFilmFestival offers “Internet festivalgoers” the chance to discover the best of French and Francophone cinema: poignant, talented and innovative films, arranged by theme.

For the previously mentioned films, this year’s themes are:

       Forever Young

Initiatory journeys of youth and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

       Crazy Loving Families

Humour, tenderness and complicated family situations.

       True Heroines

Through incredible, explosive and singular portraits, this section celebrates women and girls who carve out their own destinies.

       French Ghost Stories

A panoply of French ghost stories.

       On the Road

Migrations of women and men fleeing international conflicts.

       Love is love

Films that question love from every angle.

Finally, two thematic sections out of competition complete this film offer.

       Kids Corner

A programme to share the love of French cinema with the youngest viewers thanks to silent animated short films for kids: MAESTRO, DALIA’S WORLD, 028, THE KINDERGARTEN SHOW and A LYNX IN TOWN.

       New Horizons

An initiative dedicated to new forms of French film images, writing and experimentations with 3 creations: ODYSSEY 1.4.9, SATURNISM and RECODING ENTROPIA.

 

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