Born in Ivory Coast in 1951, Bayon (aka Bruno Taravant) is a French journalist and writer. Since 1978 he has worked as a journalist covering rock music, books and film at French daily newspaper Libération, where he founded the Music Section (1981), and was Arts Editor (2010-14). His numerous books include the bestselling Gainsbourg raconte sa mort (1991) which amassed 850,000 sales in France, and he was awarded the Interallié Prize in 1991 for Les Animals. We are delighted to welcome Bayon to present Oh, les filles! at this year’s festival on Thursday 21st at 18.20. This fascinating documentary was co-scripted with François Armanet and screened at the Cannes International Film Festival 2019. Tickets.
One of the most internationally renowned French directors, Cédric Klapisch, born in 1961, is also a screenwriter and producer for cinema and TV. He has written and directed 13 features including: Good Old Daze (Le péril jeune) 1994; When the Cat’s Away (Chacun cherche son chat),1996; and what became known as his ‘Erasmus’ trilogy: Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole) 2002; The Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes) 2005 and Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) 2013. He also directed the first two episodes, and was artistic director of season 1 of the hit comedy series, Call my Agent! We are delighted to welcome Klapisch to present at this year’s festival his latest film Someone, Somewhere on Thursday 14th at 18.10. Tickets.
Born in 1978, actor, director and screenwriter Vincent Macaigne grew up in Paris. His directing credits include What We’ll Leave Behind (2011, short), Dom Juan & Sganarelle (2015, TV), and a feature, Comfort and Consolation in France (2017). As an actor he has been a figurehead of ‘young French cinema’ collaborating with filmmakers such as Guillaume Brac and Sébastien Betbeder, and also working with many established arthouse filmmakers such as Catherine Corsini, Anne Fontaine, Mia Hansen-Løve, and most recently Olivier Assayas (Non-Fiction, 2018). We are delighted to welcome Vincent to this year’s festival to present the latest film by Cédric Kahn, Happy Birthday on Saturday 16th at 20.30 and Anne Fontaine’s Pure as Snow on Sunday 17th at 17.40.
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