News 22 OCT 2020

Home Front, Lola & Into Dad's Woods at French Film Festival UK

The French Film Festival UK announced its 2020 film selection, amongst which there are Home Front, Lola and Into Dad's Woods.

Lola

French Film Festival UK is a French-speaking film festival in the UK. This year, the festival will take place in several cinemas from November 4 to December 17 and will happen online from November 27 to December 4.

In the "Panorama" section, there is Home Front by Lucas Belvaux, produced by Artémis Productions, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. This is the eleventh feature film by Lucas Belvaux and it is an adpation of the eponymous novel by Laurent Mauvignier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Jean-Pierre Daroussin and introducing the young Belgian actor Yoann Zimmer. The film received the 2020 Festival de Cannes label and was selected in several important festivals like Angoulême and Gent.

"In 1960 they were called up to fight in the Algerian War. Two years later, Bernard, Rabut, Février and others came back to France. They kept quiet, living in silence. But 40 years later, it takes almost nothing — a birthday party, or a gift held in one’s pocket — for the past to overwhelm those who have denied it for so long."
- Home Front

In the "Discovery" section, there is Lola by Laurent Micheli, produced by Wrong Men and Gsara, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. The film was selected at the 2019 Alice nella Cità.

"Just when Lola, 18 years old and transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother's last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting..."
- Lola

For "Fest @ Home", the online selection of the festival, there is Into Dad's Woods by Vero Cratzborn, produced by Iota Production, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"Gina, 15, has grown up in a loving family who lives on the edge of a forest. She admires her father, Jimmy, an unpredictable, whimsical man whose constant excesses and extravagance she readily forgives. Until the day when the situation becomes unbearable: Jimmy tips over the edge and the family’s fragile balance is shattered. Unable to understand the situation and in a period of rebellion, Gina teams up with a teenager from her neighborhood to save her father."
- Into Dad's Woods

Into Dad's Woods

In the "Shorts Cuts" section, is selected the Oscar-nominated short film A Sister by Delphine Girard, produced by Versus production, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"A night. A car. A woman in trouble. A call."
- A Sister

In the same section, there is also Our Territory by Mathieu Volpe, produced by Luna Blue Films and Gsara, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. But also Airhead! by Gaspard Chabaud, produced by Atelier de production de La Cambre.

"Armed with a few feet of film, I return to the territories of my childhood to meet those who were absent from my summer memories: the migrants from Northern and Southern Africa, gathered together for picking in modern plantations. Through a sensible collage of moving and still, black and white images, I reveal a parallel economy and give both a name and a history to these invisible people who have arrived in Europe in the pursuit of their dreams."
- Our Territory

"A child confronted with a maths problem and his own problems of concentration, accompanied by a mother who is slowly but surely losing patience."
- Airhead!

A Sister

A few co-productions are selected like The Good Wife (Umedia and Imagine Films Productions), Three Days and a life (Umedia, Nexus Factory, RTBF and Proximus) and The Translators (Artémis Productions) in the "Panorama" section. In the "Discovery" section, are selected Cyrano My Love (Nexus Factory and Umedia) and My Donkey, My Lover & I (Belga Productions). For FFF @ Home, there is Under the Stars of Paris (GapBusters).