French cinema lovers catch early screenings as Covid-19 lockdown eases

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “French cinema lovers catch early screenings as Covid-19 lockdown eases” – below is their description. FRANCE 24 #film critic Lisa Nesselson reports that some movie lovers attended #screenings before the workday began as French #cinemas reopened with capacity limits on May 19, 2021. FRANCE 24 English YouTube … Read more French cinema lovers catch early screenings as Covid-19 lockdown eases

Aïssa Maïga: Calling out racism in France’s film industry

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Aïssa Maïga: Calling out racism in France’s film industry” – below is their description. The French actress Aïssa Maïga created a book about the lack of Black representation in French cinema and television, “Black is not my profession”. She also spoke out about the subject on stage … Read more Aïssa Maïga: Calling out racism in France’s film industry

Iconic French film director Bertrand Tavernier dies at 79

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Iconic French film director Bertrand Tavernier dies at 79” – below is their description. French director Bertrand Tavernier, who has died aged 79, was the conscience of French cinema, unafraid to lose friends when he turned on the political left late in life. FRANCE 24 English YouTube … Read more Iconic French film director Bertrand Tavernier dies at 79

Looking ahead to France’s César awards, one year after Polanski scandal

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Looking ahead to France’s César awards, one year after Polanski scandal” – below is their description. France’s equivalent of the Oscars – the César awards – are taking place this Friday, after last year’s ceremony sparked fury (and the mass resignation of the board of the César Academy) by … Read more Looking ahead to France’s César awards, one year after Polanski scandal

Kourtrajmé gets its close-up: Grassroots cinema from the Paris suburbs

FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Kourtrajmé gets its close-up: Grassroots cinema from the Paris suburbs” – below is their description. In 1995 “La Haine” rocked French cinema to its core, and the shockwaves were felt across society, from artistic circles to the underprivileged suburbs it depicted. One bittersweet phrase from the film’s … Read more Kourtrajmé gets its close-up: Grassroots cinema from the Paris suburbs

Film show: How is Covid-19 impacting the French cinema industry?

With 6,000 cinemas closed, 200 film shoots stopped in March, more than €150 million already lost and more than half of the population signed up to a streaming service, film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the effect of the coronavirus on the French film industry. They also talk about the revival of … Read more Film show: How is Covid-19 impacting the French cinema industry?

Does Polanski’s César award highlight a deep problem in French society?

The elite world of French cinema is divided over the 45th César Awards ceremony, the French equivalent of the Oscars. A movie by the controversial and divisive Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski won three awards, including the coveted Best Director prize. This was a bitter pill to swallow for many, including feminist groups who had called … Read more Does Polanski’s César award highlight a deep problem in French society?

Op-ed slamming Polanski’s ‘César’ award goes viral

It’s a ‘cri de coeur’ written by French writer Virginie Despentes and published in the daily paper ‘Libération’. In it, Despentes launches a blistering attack on the world of French cinema but also goes on to criticise a broader culture of impunity in France when it comes to the powerful and how they treat the weak. Firstly … Read more Op-ed slamming Polanski’s ‘César’ award goes viral

French cinema’s big night overshadowed by Polanski protests

The Cesar Awards are France’s equivalent to the Oscars, but they’re mired in controversy this year. Roman Polanski’s latest film has received 12 nominations, but many feel the convicted child rapist should not be honoured for his work. There are protests outside the ceremony in Paris. Polanski and his cast and crew have chosen not to … Read more French cinema’s big night overshadowed by Polanski protests

‘How to manage your anxiety about Coronavirus’

The Nigerian paper Punch leads on the first case of Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. An Italian national arriving on business is being treated in a Lagos hospital. TIME magazine, meanwhile, has tips on how to handle coronavirus anxiety, advising people not to watch the news 24/7. And, French papers headline on controversial film director Roman Polanski who … Read more ‘How to manage your anxiety about Coronavirus’

Festival de Cannes 2010: Tim Burton Heads the Jury

Flushed with the success of Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton is heading to France to lead the Jury of the Cannes Film Festival 2010. Throughout the festival, film buffs, writers, big name actors and technical experts from around the world will congregate to celebrate the best of the big screen. The films to be judged … Read more Festival de Cannes 2010: Tim Burton Heads the Jury