The many facets of love are something of a theme emerging from this year’s programme.
We are delighted to open the Festival with the extraordinary Love by Michael Haneke. Other highlights from Cannes are Laurence Anyways, Xavier Dolan’s vivid melodrama of an impossible love story, and the engaging documentary The Invisibles which focuses on the older gay and lesbian generation.
Our First-Time Directors programme introduces Aliyah by Elie Wajeman and Alice Winocour’s Augustine, both remarkable. Sylvie Testud’s Another Woman’s Life captures a dazzling Juliette Binoche who will also be in attendance. Louis-Do de Lencquesaing’s flowing In a Rush will close the Festival.
Several comedies are on show including the lively What’s in a Name?, Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds – perhaps one of the best films of the year(!); the Podalydès brothers’ Granny’s Funeral; and The Big Night from duo Delépine-Kervern, whose Mammuth was one of the Festival favourites from 2010.
Other remarkable works include Xavier Giannoli’s Superstar (Venice official competition), and the irrepressible Alain Resnais’ latest film You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, in competition at Cannes this year. Benoit Jacquot will attend the screening of Farewell, My Queen which opened this year’s Berlin Festival.
It is our great pleasure to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Les Films du Losange, the company founded in 1962 by Eric Rohmer and Barbet Schroeder, with a selection of unique screenings. My sincere gratitude goes to Margaret Ménégoz.
Finally the Festival is made possible with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and I would like to thank the Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Emmanuelle d’Achon, all our Festival supporters, the Institut Français and Unifrance Films, and the IFI’s principal funder the Arts Council for its invaluable support again this year.
Marie-Pierre Richard, Festival Director
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