Ready for the 15th Focus on French Cinema Festival!

It took a small team of FFC volunteers months to prepare these five days of Focus on French Cinema! This event started in 2005 by Alliance Française of Greenwich and has developed over the years to become a staple in Connecticut and Westchester counties, an international celebration of the Best Premieres from France and across the French-speaking world. Watch the lineup and see the diversity for yourself.

 The audience and sponsors were already excited by the lineup announcement a month before the opening at the Kick-off party. Volunteers had spontaneously offered to help set up and welcome the festival’s guests.

What makes this festival unique is the conviviality, good food and drinks and how cinema industry professionals from around the world mingle with the audience -made of movie lovers and francophiles. This year after a glamorous gala cocktail party at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel, guests took a short walk or ride to the Bow Tie Cinemas and enjoyed the Opening Night film See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) by Albert Dupontel starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Albert Dupontel. In the morning, actress Hélène Godec came from New York City to teach a workshop on eloquence to a full house of students following the film Le Brio directed by Yvan Attal and starring Daniel Auteuil and Camilla Jordana, who won the César for Most Promising Actress.

This year the festival honored extraordinary women in cinema. Brilliant visionaries, these women are fearless new voices as directors, actors and producers… women who are driven by a sense of freedom and independence.

It was impressive to meet so many honored guests from around the world: Guetty Felin, Nathalie Fuchs, Colombe Savignac, Pascal Ralite, Manthia Diawara, Thierry Klifa and Gaël Morel, all Film Directors who came to present their films and participate in Masterclass and Q&As; Producer & Expedition Leader Luc Hardy who was proud to show his documentary in World Premiere along Film Director Alain Zenou; French Actress Hélène Godec and Canadian Actor Noah Parker, Tencho Gyatso and Matteo Meccaci, Director and President of the International Campaign for Tibet; Guilhem Caillard, Director of Cinemania our partner festival in Montreal!

FFC 2018 lineup:

  • OPENING FILM: SEE YOU UP THERE (Au revoir là-haut)– 13 César nominations
  • LE BRIO– César Win, 3 César & 2 Lumières nominations
  • MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE (Jeune femme)– Caméra d’Or at Festival de Cannes
  • PETIT PAYSAN– 3 César Wins, 8 César nominations
  • HOCHELAGA LAND OF SOULS (Terre des âmes)– 4 Canadian Screen Awards
  • ELSEWHERE-SQUAT (Ailleurs)– US Premiere
  • C’EST LA VIE (Le sens de la fête)– 10 César nominations, 4 Lumières nominations
  • ALL THAT DIVIDES US (Tout nous sépare)– US Premiere
  • UN CESAR NOMME ESPOIR- A documentary on most promising actors in France
  • GODARD MON AMOUR (Le Redoutable)– 5 César nominations
  • DIARY OF MY MIND (Journal de ma tête)– US Premiere
  • KALACHKRA (L’éveil)– US Premiere
  • MY MOTHER’S LAUGH (Le rire de ma mère)– US Premiere
  • ARKTIKA INCOGNITA– World Premiere
  • INSYRIATED (Une famille syrienne)– 4 Magritte Belgian Awards
  • PROMISE AT DAWN (La promesse de l’aube)– 4 César nominations
  • OPERA OF THE WORLD- A documentary from Mali
  • AYITI MON AMOUR– Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the Oscars
  • GODARD MON AMOUR (Le Redoutable)– 5 César nominations
  • INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING SHORTS: GARDEN PARTY & NEGATIVE SPACE, both Best Animated Short Film nominations at the Oscars, SIROCCO and LA-BAS
  • CLOSING NIGHT: CATCH THE WIND (Prendre le large)– US Premiere

Le Brio has been awarded the Festival Audience Award presented by La Compagnie! The festival has ended with an incredibly positive feedback from the audience and sponsors (99% would recommend the festival to their friends according to the post-festival survey).

Get ready for FFC 2019, it will be the 15th festival- Focus on French Cinema! Dates to be announced.