What a godsend the French Film Festival is. January is a dark, cold, often boring month: good for nothing except lounging indoors, having friends over for dinner and sleeping as late as you possibly can. The black month is also useful for catching up on cultural consumption, reading through the piles of books that have been accumulating on your nightstand and watching movies and television series. Such a long, black, dark, boring month is thus ideal to attend an ambitious film festival, and luckily that is exactly what the Alliance Française are providing us with at the moment. Good job!
The ninth annual French Film Festival features ten feature length presentations; eight from France, as well as francophone flicks from Belgium (Nut Noire) and Canada (C.R.A.Z.Y.) All of the films are subtitled in English, with the exception of Le Renard Et L’Enfant (which has them in Icelandic). The festival takes place at Háskólabíó and features an average of five showings per day.
The festival program is an ambitious one, and features some very choice cuts from recent French cinema, including opening selection Entre les Murs, which received the Golden Palm at last year’s Cannes film festival.
The French Film Festival commenced last week, and will go on until the 29th. Get further info at the Alliance Française web site, and get yer tickets at www.midi.is.