The second edition of the French Film Festival in South Africa will take place in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront Nouveau cinema from Wednesday August 1 to 5.
French cinema is rolling at the moment. In the past year, films such as ‘Intouchables’ broke box-office records in France and overseas. ‘The Artist’ scooped many an award, including five Oscars, which is totally unprecedented for a French movie. French films are everywhere, whether they are being projected in regular cinemas across the world, opening or appearing on the lists of award-winners in major international film festivals – respectively ‘38 Witnesses’ (‘38 témoins’) by Lucas Belvaux and ‘Farewell My Queen’ (‘Les adieux à la reine’) by Benoit Jacquot have opened the Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals this year.
Following the success of the first edition of the French Film Festival in South Africa, this exceptional edition features as part of the French Season in South Africa 2012.
This year’s programme includes a medley of the finest films for all tastes and moods ranging from drama to comedy and the historical, with the presence of French guest stars and glamour opening screenings. The festival also presents a retrospective of films by Claire Denis, whose work is strongly linked with Africa, and a film by prominent South African director, Ramadan Suleman.
* Visit www.fff.org.za for more information and a full list of the films to be screened.