Festival of French Films to play in five cities

The 19th edition of the festival has a retrospective on Catherine Deneuve

The 19th Festival of French Films starts Nov. 23 and runs to Nov. 30 in Prague, with smaller versions running Nov. 24–30 in Brno, České Budějovice, Hradec Králové and Ostrava. Tickets for films are Kč 100, and some but by no means all films have English subtitles in addition to Czech ones.

In Prague, films will be at Lucerna, CineStar Anděl, Světozor and Kino 35 in the French Institute.

The festival is broken up in to five parts. The section of previews (avant-premières) mostly has films in French with Czech subtitles only, as they are all going to soon play in Czech cinemas. One exception is the animated film The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge), which has no dialogue. The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli about a man stranded on an island where a red turtle blocks his efforts to leave. The film The Dancer (La Danseuse) is partly in English and features Lily-Rose Depp as Isadora Duncan.

The Czech critics' choice section (choix de la critique tchèque) is sponsored by TV5Monde. The winning film, chosen by audience vote, will get financial support for its Czech distribution. Air France is also offering two tickets to Paris to a lucky winner from the voting audience. Eight of the 10 films in this section have English subtitles and two are in English.

The documentary film Hitchcock/Truffaut looks at the time that the French director interviewed Alfred Hitchcock in 1962, with modern directors commenting on it. Hurricane (Ouragan), another documentary, follows a sandstorm as it grows into large storm system and crosses the Atlantic.

Fiction films in the critics' choice section include Elle by director Paul Verhoeven, starring Isabelle Huppert. It is based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. The drama Courted (L'Hermine) is a courtroom drama that has won several awards. The French-Canadian drama A Kid (Le Fils de Jean) is about a Parisian who suddenly finds out he has two brothers in Quebec.

The true Louis-Ferdinand Céline examines a French author who was accused of collaborating with the Nazis. Another true story, The Outsider (L'Outsider) follows the rise and fall of a trader Jérôme Kervielat the outset of the financial crisis.

The historical drama Come What May (En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît) takes place in a coastal village at the start of World War II. Another historical drama with a war backdrop, L'Odeur de la mandarine is a romance involving a wounded soldier in World War I. Going back further, the costume drama The Death of Louis XIV (La Mort de Louis XIV) stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as the famed monarch.

The successful film section (succès du cinéma) has only two film with English subtitles. The Unknown Girl (La Fille inconnue) is about a doctor who tries to find the identity of a woman who died due to lack of medical care. Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) is a teen coming of age film by veteran director André Téchiné.

In a retrospective of films focuses with Catherine Deneuve (focus Catherine Deneuve), three of the films will have English subtitles, including The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro), a 1980 film by François Truffaut set in France during World War II. The 2014 film In the Courtyard (Dans la cour) and 2013's On My Way (Elle s'en va) also have English subtitles.

The final section of films is two packages of shorts (soirée du court-métrage). Both sets have English subtitles. 

For more information visit www.festivalff.cz in French and Czech.

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