November at the Irish Film Institute is always a treat for fans of French cinema and this year is no different. The IFI French Film Festival begins next Wednesday and tickets are selling fast for some of the big titles in this year’s season, running from November 13th – 24th.
From the eagerly anticipated Portrait of a Lady on Fire serving as the opening Gala of this year’s IFI French Film Festival, on through to the closing drama in On A Magical Night at festival’s end, there’s a fantastic selection of French cinema bringing together some of the biggest names from the country’s cinematic scene. Check in with the latest works of Céline Sciamma, Xavier Dolan, festival guest Cédric Klapisch and more, while taking the chance to see stars including Binoche, Huppert and Deneuve, Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Virginie Efira.
Tickets are available now from the IFI Box Office at €11.50 each, excluding the opening film which includes a post-screening reception and costs €15. Is often the case with festivals at the Institute, multi-film passes are on offer also for 5 or 10 screenings (€50 for 5 films. €90 for 10 films).
A success on the festival circuit throughout the year, Portrait of a Lady on Fire sees writer-director Céline Sciamma following themes of themes of identity, gender and self-discovery from Girlhood , one of the decades standout films. On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. In addition to starting the festival, the film will screen again on the 23rd.
A series of four films by Claude Sautet will screen throughout the festival. Focusing on the lives of small groups o observations often on the lives of small groups of people in their day to day lives, Sautet is seen as relatively unsung outside of France. The festival will also showcase and celebrate the work of pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) both with the documentary portrait Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché by Pamela B. Green, and a selection of six short films directed by Guy-Blaché from the Gaumont Pathé Archives which will be peppered throughout the festival before main features.
The full programme of the IFI French Film Festival is available here.