By Ryan Keating-Lambert
From April 27 – April 30, Film Europe’s Crème de la Crème showcases French spectacles of modern cinema in Prague cinemas Kino Lucerna and Kino Evald. This year includes festival darlings like The Unknown Girl, Nocturama, and The Innocents. Scroll down for recommendations. All recommended films have English friendly screenings, but check before you book!
The Unknown Girl (2016)
Directed by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Unknown Girl is a crime drama involving a doctor’s obsession with the murder of a girl, after she was refused surgery. The film was also an official selection for the Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
An unconventional coming of age story of a young vegetarian girl who develops a taste for human flesh during her first year of veterinary school. It’s delicious, nutritious, and directed by controversial French director Julie Ducournau. Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Raw has developed a reputation for making viewers vomit, and even faint at its screenings. Bring your sick bag!
A nightmarish look into a night of youth and terrorism on the streets of Paris by director Bertrand Bonello (House of Tolerance). An ambiguous and alluring tale of atypical terrorists from various social backgrounds that was critically acclaimed and awarded on the festival circuit last year.
The Innocents (2016)
A French Red Cross intern is sent to Poland in 1945 to treat and liberate French survivors of World War II. However, upon her arrival the situation becomes even more dire as several nuns are discovered to be pregnant at a local convent. Directed by Anne Fontaine and an official Sundance Film Festival selection for 2016.
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Directed by Olivier Assayas, who also did the recent Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria follows an actress’s confrontation with herself as she is forced to reprise her role in the play that made her a star. Stand-out performances from both Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.
150 Milligrams (2016)
A doctor attempts to expose an anti-diabetic drug scandal in the French pharmaceutical industry that has caused hundreds of deaths. Based on a true story and set in coastal Breton in France, 150 Milligrams is a controversial yet relevant social statement.
The Odyssey (2016)
A biopic of the great ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau starring the talented Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, and Amelie’s Audrey Tatou. It’s also impossible not to marvel at the stunning cinematography, not to mention the sound for which it received three Cesar awards.
All recommended films have English friendly screenings, but check before you book! For tickets and times, click here.