Running online until 15 February, MyFrenchFilmFestival 2021 is offering award-winning features, contemporary drama and the odd Cocteau classic. Longer works can be viewed for 650 forints each, ten films for 1,500 forints, while 20 animated and shorter pieces can be seen for free. Films are in French but all have English subtitles – a couple of child-friendly animations have no dialogue. See www.MyFrenchFilmFestival.com for details.
In this short tale by Florent Gouëlou, young friends in a small village cross the line about cross-dressing – until a communal night of open theatre with everyone watching. See film here.
A dark night in the hills of Provence, a woman afraid, and a strange sisterhood, all in this animation created by Marie Jacotey. Disturbing scenes feature. See film here.
The Camille in question is a photojournalist covering an impending civil war in the Central African Republic. While she records events, her idealistic outlook is significantly challenged. Boris Lojkine’s feature won the Prix du Public at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019. See film here.
An animated short for kids and a tale of discovery by Javier Navarro Avilés involving Little Dalia, who loses herself in the exotic splendour of her father’s tropical greenhouse. See film here.
Tommy’s wacky parents take her on a bizarre road trip on the promise that their daughter won’t miss her first day at school – but Dad’s just left jail and Mum’s got something going on with an astronaut. By Bruno Merle. See film here.
Friend of a Friend
In this dream-like vision by Zachary Zezima, serious topics are portrayed such as abuse, revenge and forgiveness, all in a riot of bright colours. See film here.
Both a road movie and a coming-of-age saga, Christophe Blanc’s feature focuses on three teenagers trying to find their way without their recently deceased parents. When in doubt, zoom down to the south of France! See film here.
Granny’s deepest secrets are revealed to her grandson, an intimate and human portrait of a colourful lady approaching the end of her life in this Swiss feature by Stéphane Riethauser. See film here.
Thomas Vernay explores the opaque relationship between two girls bidding to be beauty queen of Chazelles-sur-Lyon. See film here.
Lisbon’s vertiginous tram 28 takes a turn for the weird as a German couple try to save their baby from flying out over Lisbon. A short animation by Otalia Caussé. See film here.
A black-and-white classic by poet, playwright and visual artist Jean Cocteau, fusing Ancient Greek legend with chic Paris in the years immediately after World War II. Starring Cocteau’s long-term muse and lover, Jean Marais. See film here.