JAPPELOUP Director: Christian Duguay 130 minutes, France, 2013. Book cinema tickets Based on the pursuits of Olympic show jumping champion Pierre Durand, Jr., this rousing equestrian biopic from Quebecois director Christian Duguay focusses on the athlete’s relationship with his obstinate, but nevertheless masterful horse, Jappeloup. Written by and starring Guillaume Canet – himself a former show jumper who turned to acting after a fall from his horse at 18 – the film effectively relates the decisive moments in Durand’s career, including his decision to compete with Jappeloup, considered by many too small a horse to be used professionally. With a strong supporting cast, including Daniel Auteuil and Marina Hands, this is a polished account of a gripping tale. (Notes by Alice Butler.) Director’s Note: A gripping adventure, highly entertaining and appealing, the pace is exhilarating! In one word: Emotion! This film is screening as part of the Carte Noire IFI French Film Festival (November 20th – December 1st 2013). Director: Christian Duguay 130 minutes, France, 2013.