Ladj Ly’s debut feature film Les Misérables is less musical than its name suggests… It’s a tense little gang thriller set in the modern-day Montfermeil district of Paris, where Victor Hugo’s classic novel ‘Les Misérables’ was written, whose explosive third act feels wholly original and timely.
This year, the Prague French Film Festival boasts a number of titles with both Czech AND English subtitles. From competition films like Cannes hit comedy On a Magical Night to Ladj Ly’s visceral Parisian gang thriller Les Misérables, and a retrospective on French auteur Henri-Georges Clouzot. Prague based cinemas Kino Lucerna, Kino Svetozor, Kino 35 and Edison Filmhub will host the festival from November 20th – 27th.
Climax is one of the most disturbing films I’ve seen in a while. Visually captivating, entertaining, and truly horrific at times.
The award-winning queer film 120 BPM will premiere on the 30th November in Prague’s Kino Světozor.
French / Polish director Roman Polanski will present his new drama Based on a True Story starring Eva Green at Cannes Film Festival this year between May 17 – 28.
Opening the Crème de la Crème French film weekend last night was The Unknown Girl – an official selection at Cannes last year that sees a young doctor obsess over the murder of a girl near her office.
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 and the full programme. All recommended films have English friendly screenings, but check before you book!
Now in its second year, Weird Europe in Bio OKO is dedicated to the twisted and deranged films at the centre of Europe’s artistic heart. Presented by Aleš Stuchlý & Vít Schmarc, the festival boasts fresh titles that’ll strike a chord deep within your tortured soul, as well as accompanying introductions and talks.
The highlight of the festival for me so far. A stunning portrayal of the lives of the elderly, both tragic and absolutely gorgeous.