Lib­erté, égal­ité et qual­ité at French Film Fes­ti­val

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

It is a tes­ta­ment to the con­tin­u­ing in­flu­ence of France on qual­ity cin­ema that the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute’s French Film Fes­ti­val re­mains one of the most im­por­tant events in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cal­en­dar. This year’s jam­boree, which be­gins on Thurs­day and runs through the 29th, ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions in its bal­ance of new, in­no­va­tive ma­te­rial and restora­tions of clas­sics.

Per­haps the most in­trigu­ing prospect is Serge Bromberg’s al­ready highly praised ex­am­i­na­tion of the mak­ing of Henri-Ge­orge Clouzot’s doomed high­brow ex­per­i­ment In­ferno. Also un­earthed from the vaults are a se­ries of com­edy clas­sics by the ir­re­sistible Jac­ques Tati. Mr Hu­lot’s Hol­i­day has been dig­i­tally re­stored, and Tati’s epic Play­time will be screened in lus­cious, lux­u­ri­ous 70mm. Fresh work from old hands Claude Chabrol and An­dré Téch­iné will make ap­pear­ances, and the fes­ti­val closes with a screen­ing of Around a Small Moun­tain, the lat­est from Jac­ques Rivette, that most for­bid­ding of nou­velle vague pi­o­neers.

But fear not, neophiles. There will also be plenty of flicks from younger direc­tors. Jac­ques Au­di­ard’s hugely praised A Prophet, a tale from the cells, and Al­bert Pereira-Lazaro and Em­manuel Klotz’s adult an­i­ma­tion Round Da Way are set to un­spool over the week.

So­cial ac­tiv­ity in­cludes an evening of French hip-hop, a panel dis­cus­sion on Tati, and a quiz night in the IFI’s newly re­stored bar. Ooh la la! (And so forth.)­

No kids al­lowed: Round Da Way/Les Las­cars at the IFI’s French Film Fes­ti­val

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