Rendez-Vous with French Cinema | Curzon

Curzon is proud to host 2014's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, showcasing a selection of the best new French films yet to be released in the UK.

A post-screening discussion with filmmakers and talent follows all screenings.

Opening night - UK premiere: Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) plus &A with director Marion Vernoux and lead actor Fanny Ardant

Director: Marion Vernoux • France, 2013 • 94mins

Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, of her husband, and of herself above all. She soon comes to realize that this new freedom is synonymous with boredom and idleness. Especially when she receives a membership to her neighbourhood’s senior club as a birthday present... Reluctant at first, she nevertheless decides to take the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from being insensible to her charms. Caroline will gradually take control of her life again and live a second youth. Who said retirement was the beginning of the end and not a new beginning?

This event took place on Wednesday 23 April 2014 at 6.30pm, at Curzon Soho.

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UK premiere: My Name Is Hmmm… (Je m’appelle hmmm…) Plus Q&A with director agnès b

Director: Agnès Troublé aka agnès b. • France, 2013 • 120mins

A fiction. An 11-year-old runaway, the oldest daughter of three. An absent mother, an abusive father, a grandmother too pure to imagine what is going on. A field trip, the girl disappears… She has found refuge in a truck; an initiatory journey, a chance meeting, new encounters; a wonderful and tragic road movie with a Scottish truck driver “when love just happens”.

This event took place on Thursday 24 April 2014 at 6.20pm, at Curzon Soho.

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UK premiere: ViolettePlus Q&A with director Martin Provost and lead actors Dandrine Kiberlain & Emmanuelle Devos

Director: Martin Provost • France, 2013 • 139mins

Born out of wedlock early in the last century, impoverished and unloved Violette Leduc meets Simone de Beauvoir in post war Saint-Germaindes-Prés. An intense lifelong relationship develops between the two women authors, based on Violette’s quest for freedom through writing and on Simone’s conviction that she holds in her hands the destiny of an extraordinary writer.

This event took place on Friday 25 April 2014 at 6.15pm, at Curzon Soho.

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UK premiere: Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure) plus Q&A with lead actor Emmanuelle Seigner

Director: Roman Polanski • France, Poland, 2013 • 95mins

Alone in a Paris theatre after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor calibre of talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female character; a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theatre when actress Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic and erotic energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared; or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession.

This event took place on Saturday 26 April 2014 at 6.30pm, at Curzon Soho.

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