The French Film Festival in India to screen five works by Female Directors

By: WE Staff | Tuesday, 17 January 2023

A two-week French Film Festival that celebrates women filmmakers' significant contribution to French cinema made its debut at New Delhi's India Habitat Centre (IHC). The "Women Directors from France" film festival, which is scheduled to begin on January 9, 2023, is being organised by the French Embassy in India and the French Institute in India (IFI). It will feature the screening of five films by women directors.

The festival seeks to highlight the many and talented voices of women in the film industry by featuring both established and up-and-coming directors. The roster features a wide variety of genres and styles, from thought-provoking documentaries to devastating dramas. The festival will also hold panel discussions and Q&A sessions in addition to the movie screenings.

The character of Mario is featured in the Claire Burger film Real Love / C'estçal'amour (Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.), which is set in contemporary Forbach, Eastern France. Mario raised their two teenage children alone when his wife abandoned the family.

The Mati Diop film Atlantics / Atlantique (Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.) sends spectators to the Atlantic coast, where a futuristic tower that will soon be inaugurated towers over a Dakar neighbourhood. Ada, 17, and Souleiman, a young builder, are in love. However, she was sworn to another guy. In search of a better future, Souleiman and his coworkers depart the nation by boat one evening.A fire destroys Ada's wedding a few days later, and a strange disease soon spreads. Ada is unaware that Souleiman has come back.

The summer of 1942 is the setting for Sandrine Kiberlain's play A Radiant Girl / Une Jeune Fille Qui Va Bien, which premieres on January 17 at 7 p.m. Irene is a 19-year-old Jewish girl who is energetic and enthusiastic. The young, carefree life of the aspiring actress is lived in complete ignorance of the possibility that time is running short.

A family is forced to flee after their town is pillaged in the dead of night in Florence Miailhe's animated picture The Crossing / La Traversée (Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.). The two oldest kids, Kyona and Adriel, are soon taken from their parents and go off on a brave adventure from childhood to adolescence in quest of safety, tranquilly, and the possibility of returning home and reuniting their family. These brave siblings traverse a continent torn apart by conflict and the persecution of migrants, overcoming enormous odds to finally arrive in a new world, free.

The fifth Chloé Mazlois film, Skies of Lebanon / Sous le cield'Alice (Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.), is set in the 1950s, when young Alice travels from Switzerland to Lebanon, a cheerful and sunny country, and falls in love with Joseph, a cunning astrophysicist who hopes to launch the first Lebanese into space.

In Semaine de la Critique at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, the movie was chosen. In "Skies of Lebanon," a poetic fusion of the personal and the political, live action and animation are used to paint a vivid picture of Lebanon, which was inspired by the director's family background. Mazlo creates a poignant and heartbreaking tale of love through war using the tales her grandmother told her about life during the Lebanese Civil War.
All films will be shown with English subtitles and in French.