January 12th 2024: The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is proud to present MyFrenchFilmFestival, available to view online nationwide on IFI@Home. This is the 14th edition of this online French-language film festival, presenting eleven feature films, available to rent online from January 19th – February 19th. MyFrenchFilmFestival (MyFFF) is organised by Unifrance, the organisation responsible for promoting French cinema and television content worldwide.
Commenting on presenting this festival online on IFI@Home, IFI Acting Head of Marketing Frances Wilde said, ‘We’re so excited to present these new, fresh and original French films, alongside Agnès Varda’s beloved Jane B. for Agnès V., on IFI@Home. IFI audiences engage in French language film throughout the year, and throughout their film journey, from our Schools Programme all the way through to the IFI French Film Festival, so we hope that these colourful films bring some light and cheer during a dark part of the year.’
The selection of films reflects the plurality and creativity of French and Francophone cinema. The 2024 festival teaser takes a look back at previous editions of the festival, ahead of this year’s programme.
The 2024 festival, available to pre-order now on IFI@Home, presents comedies including Super Drunk (Super-bourrés), in which a high school student living in the countryside discovers an artisanal distillery hidden in his family cellar, and comedy-mystery thriller The Green Perfume (La parfum vert), which follows a member of an acting troupe who becomes a primary suspect when his friend and fellow actor is poisoned and dies on stage mid-performance.
French language dramas in the line-up include Junkyard Dog (Chien de la Casse), set in a village in the south of France, and winner of Best Feature Film at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma; Spare Keys (Fifi), about a teenage girl who begins a romantic relationship with her friend’s brother; and Stampede (Rodéo), a father-daughter road movie which screened at the IFI French Film Festival 2022.
My Sole Desire (À mon seul désir) turns the female gaze upon a story of sex workers, with cameos from Melvil Poupaud (Time to Leave), Félix Maritaud (Knife+Heart), director Frederick Wiseman, and Ariane Labed (The Lobster). From director Patric Chiha, whose work has screened at the IFI as part of GAZE International LBGTQIA Film Festival, Beasts in the Jungle (La bete dans la jungle), spans 25 years, 1979 to 2004, where a man and woman watch and wait for an unknown event in a nightclub. The debut feature from Zeno Graton, The Lost Boys (Le Paradis), is a stunning portrait of burgeoning masculinity and queer sexuality.
In documentaries, new French-Danish-Greenlandic production Polaris, about an expert sailor in the arctic and the long-distance connection with her sister, is presented alongside classic Jane B. par Agnès V., the 1988 docudrama about Jane Birkin.
The animation No Dogs or Italians Allowed (Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens) is based on the true story of Luigi, an immigrant who clandestinely crosses the Italian border in the 1920s to start a new life in France.
All films are now available to pre-order on IFI@Home.
All films will be available to stream from January 19th – February 19th.
Once you have rented your film, it will remain active in your Library for 72 hours. Once you click play, you will have 48 hours to finish watching.
A full festival bundle is available here, offering all 11 films for just €49.99.
My Sole Desire
No Dogs or Italians Allowed
Jane B. for Agnès V.
The Beast in the Jungle
The Green Perfume
The Lost Boys
IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.
ABOUT THE IFI
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema. It preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.
Located in Paris, Unifrance employs around 50 staff members, as well as representatives based in the US, in China, and in Japan. The organisation currently brings together more than 1,000 French cinema and TV content professionals (producers, talents, agents, sales companies, etc.) working together to promote French films and TV programmes among foreign audiences, industry executives, and media. Unifrance is supported by the French Government, the CNC, the PROCIREP and by many public and private partners.
MyFrenchFilmFestival 2024 benefits from the precious support of Official Partners: the French Government, CNC, Institut Français, Telefilm Canada, Wallonie Bruxelles Images, and TitraFilm. Media partners include France Médias Monde, RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya, Variety, TV5MONDE, AlloCiné, AdoroCinema, SensaCine, SensaCine LATAM, Filmstarts, El Hype, El País, ComingSoon.it, IONCINEMA.com, Flix.gr, kino-teatr.ua, Focus Taiwan – CNA, Quadro por Quadro, Under The Milky Way, JustWatch, and Orange. Read more about MyFrenchFilmFestival here.
ALL OF US STRANGERS
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
12.50 (Programme 1)
IFI & DIFF: THE SWIMMING DIARIES + Q&A
THE TASTE OF THINGS
THE ZONE OF INTEREST
WICKED LITTLE LETTERS
WILD STRAWBERRIES: ONE LIFE
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council