Tautou, Depardieu, Moreau and more appear in a starry 2013 fest
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In 2012, the Alliance Française French Film Festival filled 126,000 cinema seats nationwide. The 2013 edition promises to be just as popular with plenty of great movies, big-name movie stars and chic parties. Here are Time Out’s top ten picks of the upcoming festival:
Haute Cuisine (Opening Night)
Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot) gets her world turned upside down after being appointed personal chef to the President (Jean D’Ormesson). This is a light comedy of distinctly French manners and deliciously French food.
Children of Paradise (Closing Night)
A true epic of the French cinema, closing night film Children of Paradise is a loving portrait of the theatre world of 1830s Paris. The 1946 classic will be screened in a new print painstakingly restored from the original negatives.
Another Woman’s Life
Ever wanted to wake up older, wiser and smarter? Oscar-winner Juliet Binoche stars as Marie, who wakes up after a night of passion with Paul (Mathieu Kassovitz) to find ten years have passed.
A Lady in Paris
This is a story of friendship between a young Estonian émigré (Laine Mägi) who becomes a carer for elderly Parisian Frida – played by legend of the silver screen, Jeanne Moreau. Sparks fly and personalities clash in this ultimately moving film.
In 1915, painter Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) is in a slump – old, decrepit, sad – until the ethereal beauty Andrée (Christa Theret) enters his life. Then his son – and future filmmaker – Jean (Vincent Rottiers) returns from war and despite his father’s pleas, falls for the young muse.
In Claude Miller’s final film, free spirit Thérèse (Audrey Tautou) cannot handle life under the chauvinistic thumb of husband Bernard Desqueyroux (Gilles Lellouche). Her freedom becomes ever closer after she discovers that increasing Bernard’s medicine dose makes him unwell.
A nostalgic and passionate portrait of a young artist’s (Clément Métayer) dalliance with sex, love and socialism in the wake of France’s 1968 student protests. This semi-autobiographical film comes courtesy of acclaimed director Olivier Assayas.
This whimsical comedy asks – like the Coppola film Peggy Sue Got Married – what would happen if we could go back in time? What would we do differently? Noémie Lvovsky directs, co-writes and stars.
Farewell My Queen
This exquisite historical drama is set in the upheaval following the French Revolution. Director Benoit Jacquot’s period piece features intricate characters and wonderful attention to detail and stars Diane Kruger as Marie-Antoinette.
Asterix and Obelix in Britain
Here’s one to take the kids to. Everyone’s favourite Gauls (Gérard Depardieu and Edouard Baer) are employed by the Queen of Londinium (Catherine Deneuve) to protect the British Isles from a Roman invasion.