Eight French films - all released within the last three years - will be screened at the India Habitat Centre Film Club throughout the month of April. This initiative is part of Institut français India (IFI)’s newly-formed Innovation and Multimedia department whose mandate is to engage in creative and innovative tie-ups with Indian cinema, television and online platforms and mobile devices, and to bring new, acclaimed and innovative French films to Indian audiences.
The selection by Innovation for the screenings at Habitat Film Club reflects the range of contemporary French cinema which goes beyond comedy to social drama to encompass the supernatural. All of the above highly-select films promise narrative and visual delights – not least among them is “Cowboys,” partially shot in India.
At the first and highly-successful Habitat International Film Festival in March, France’s official entry, Justine Triet’s “In Bed With Victoria”, was warmly received two other acclaimed French co-productions, The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi, and Ma Vie de Courgette by Claude Barras also screened at the festival to full-houses.
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NEW FRENCH FILMS AT HABITAT FILM CLUB
April Screening Schedule
5 April, 7:00pm| Les Chevaliers Blancs (French/112mins/2015) Dir. Joachim Lafosse Jacques Arnault, the chief of an NGO, Move for Kids, requests humanitarian workers in Africa to help orphaned kids, which leads to chaotic consequences.
6 April, 7:00pm| Retour à Ithaque (French/96mins/2014) Dir. Laurent Cantet Five friends gather on a Havana rooftop to dance, drink and make sense of the past and present in Laurent Cantet's contemplative drama.
9 April, 7:00pm| Nos futurs (French/97mins/2015) Dir. Rémi Bezançon The film follows Yann, a successful insurance broker who’s also miserably bored with himself, even if longtime girlfriend Estelle does her best to keep her man happy Collab.
16 April, 7:00pm| Les Cowboys (French/114mins/2015) Dir. Thomas Bidegain When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest. Partly Shot In India
17 April, 7:00pm| Ni le ciel, ni la terre (French/100mins/2015) Dir. Clement Cogitore The soldiers in a French army unit in Afghanistan begin disappearing one by one, pitting French soldiers against a supernatural menace.
25 April, 7:00pm| Baden Baden (French/96mins/2016) Dir. Rachel Lang The film charts the trials and tribulations of Ana, a free-spirited 26 year-old returning home to Strasbourg for the summer after living abroad for long enough to feel out of place everywhere.
26 April, 7:00pm| Je Ne Suis Pas Un Salaud (French/111mins/2015) Dir. Emmanuel Finkiel Having just been injured in a mugging, a depressed man earns the attention of his estranged family; but soon the evidence against the accused starts to unravel.
27 April, 7:00pm| Rosalie Blum (French/96mins/2015) Dir. Julien Rappeneau A hairdresser meets a mysterious and lonely woman and becomes obsessed with learning all about her past.