The IFI French Film Festival 2017 is almost here, running from the 15th to the 26th of November. 19 Irish premieres and more than 40 screenings will take place during the season which will also include a celebration of the centennial of Jean-Pierre Melville and more.
We’re also welcoming a host of special guests this year, including a masterclass which you won’t want to miss. Read on for more details.
AGNÈS JAOUI (Nov 17 + 18)
Agnès Jaoui is a multi-award winning actress, screenwriter, director and singer. Her acting and screenwriting collaborations with former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri include Philippe Muyl’s Kitchen with Apartment (1993), Alain Resnais’s Smoking/No Smoking (1993), and Same Old Song (1997). Her directing credits include The Taste of Others (2000), Look at Me (2004), and Let’s Talk About the Rain (2008). We are delighted to welcome her to present Blandine Lenoir’s Aurora (Friday, Nov 17th), to introduce her film The Taste of Others (Saturday, Nov 18th), and to conduct a Masterclass (Nov 18th), which will be hosted by director Rebecca Daly.
Tickets for Agnès Jaoui’s masterclass on Saturday, November 18th are available here, priced at €5.
LÉA MYSIUS (Nov 19)
After studying literature, Léa Mysius graduated in 2014 from the screenwriting department of the Fémis French National Film School. She has directed three award-winning short films, which have been selected for a number of festivals: Cadavre exquis (2013), Les Oiseaux-tonnerre (2014), selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation award, and L’Île jaune (2016), co-directed with Paul Guilhaume.
We are delighted to welcome her to present her début feature Ava on Sunday, November 19th, and to introduce Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts, which she co-wrote.
ROBIN CAMPILLO (Nov 20)
Robin Campillo was born in Morocco in 1962. In 1983, he went to study at the IDHEC (the Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies), where he met Laurent Cantet, with whom he has collaborated since the late 1990s as editor and co-screenwriter for the films Time Out, The Class, Foxfire Confessions of a Girl Gang, and most recently The Workshop, which was officially selected for the Un Certain Regard strand at the 70th Cannes Films Festival.
In 2004, he directed his first feature film, The Returned. Eastern Boys, his second feature film, received the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and was nominated at the 2015 César Awards in the Best Film and Best Director categories.
Robin Campillo will participate in a post-screening Q&A, following 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) on Monday, November 20th at 19.30.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council