French Film Festival
The Irish Film Institute’s French Film Festival kicked off last night with the Irish premiere of Faubourg 36, Christophe Barratier’s tale of a working-class community and their beloved theatre, set in Popular Front France. Likely highlights of this ten-day festival include Capitaine Achab (Captain Ahab), Philippe Ramos’ imagining of the life of the famous Moby Dick character (Wednesday, November 19th), Eleve Libre (Private Lessons), the latest from Private Property director Joachim Lafosse (Sunday, November 16th), and Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis, Danny Boon’s comedy about moving to rural Northern France, a box-office smash in its native France. (Saturday, Novemer 15th and Monday, November 17th). The newly restored version of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montes, once famously described by Andrew Sarris as “the greatest film ever made” is also a chance to see whether this fifties film about the fascinating Irish-born courtesan lives up to the hype. For more details of what’s on offer, check out the Irish Film Institute website.