The upcoming UK French Film Festival features some MENA gems

Every Fall, the festival held inside the Institut Français' iconic Ciné Lumière, lights up London with French favorites and new discoveries.
The upcoming UK French Film Festival features some MENA gems

The tagline for the upcoming French Film Festival reads "If you want to see the greatest and newest of French and Francophone cinema, look no further!" And we couldn't have put it better ourselves.

From the 2nd to the 13th of November, held inside the beautiful, comfy Ciné Lumière the festival will feature a stellar line up of UK premieres. But also revisit films you may have missed in the past year.

Some of the tried and true filmmakers, mixed with fascinating newcomers include Cédric Klapisch (Rise), Patrice Leconte, uniting two legendary figures in Maigret with Gérard Depardieu, Rachid Bouchareb (Our Brothers), Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (Forever Young), and Robert Guédiguian (Mali Twist).

Among the actors featured in this year's line up are Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Passengers of the Night and Jane by Charlotte), Louis Garrel (Forever Young), Isabelle Adjani (Peter Von Kant), and Romain Duris (Final Cut).

There is also a theme this year, Women's Rights Now! which will address issues of violence, inequality, lack of freedom, the denial of education and the right of women over their own body around the world. Among the films in this section are Eric Gravel’s Full Time and Blandine Lenoir’s Angry Annie both starring Laure Calamy, Feminist Riposte by Marie Perennès and Simon Depardon.

The MENA region is also well represented with both Maryam Touzani's The Blue Caftan, starring Saleh Bakri and Lubna Azabal, which is representing Morocco in this year's Oscar race, as well as the UK premiere of Rachid Bouchareb's Our Brothers, starring Adam Amara, Lyna Khoudri, Reda Kateb and Laïs Salameh.

For more info and to purchase tickets to the screenings, check out the Institut Français' website.

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