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My French Film Festival: the unique online French Film Festival begins now!

An innovative concept, My French Film Festival proposes to worldwide internet users to discover the best of contemporary French cinema from the 12th of January to the 1st of February 2012. To access its selection, all you need is an internet connection. As soon as you are registered on its website, you can watch films in streaming for incredibly cheap prices – ranging from 2 Euros or about 20 Rand for a long feature to 16 Euros or about 160 Rand for the festival's full pack, including access to 10 long feature and 10 shorts films plus other bonuses films. A true cinema festival focused on sharing talented artistic creation, My French Film Festival proposes to its audiences to judge the films by attributing them marks, and to discuss it on dedicated forums. And by betting on the winning film that will be chosen by internet users, you could well win a trip for two to New York and its French Film Festival in March 2012!

 

A guide to the Festival's selection

A true cinema lover, Intofrench has picked some favourites among the selection of My French Film Festival. What follows here is a totally subjective opinion on what you should not miss in the proposed selection of the festival. This does not mean, off course, that you should not have a look at the other films.

Entre nos mains / Into our own Hands: an original, yet hilarious documentary on social issues that has a special meaning in these troubled economic times. Confronted by the failure of their lingerie factory, the employees try to take over its management by turning it into a cooperative. Surrounded by bras and panties, the workers discover a new freedom in this collective adventure (in the long feature selection).

Un poison violent / Love like poison: not unknown to South African audiences since it was screened at the first French Film Festival in SA last year, "Love like poison" is a subtle drama that deals with the issues of faith, love and loss through a teenager's point of view. Anna a young teenager comes home from her Catholic boarding school for the holidays and discovers her father has left. Her mother is devastated and confined in the company of the local priest, who is also a childhood friend. Anna clings to her beloved grandfather and grows close to Pierre, a free-spirited teenager who cares little about God. Anna is preparing for her confirmation, but her budding desire for Pierre shakes her faith (in the long feature selection).

J'aurais pu être une pute / I could have been a hooker: The promising scipt-writress Baya Kasmi – who was awarded the prestigious "César" for the best script for "The names of love" in 2011 – directs her first short film on a daring plot she wrote. At the cash desk of a DIY store, Mina is submerged by a panic attack and falls into Pierre's arms. Here is the story of a young lady a little crazy , a chap too normal, a big pair of pruning shears and an old piano teacher (in the short films selection).

Le silence sous l'écorce / The silence beneath the bark: a true festival's selection could not be complete without an animation film. Based on the poetic sketches of Joanna Lurie, this short film is a night-tale full of tenderness. In a huge forest covered with a big white coat, some funny small creatures discover snow, so white, so beautiful, so fascinating. It takes them in a whirlwind of drunkenness and enjoyment to a meeting of strange phenomena (in the short films selection).

 

Hadrien Diez

 

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