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Ten days to go until French Film Festival

The French Film Festival, already on its 15th edition, will take place between October 21 and 28 in Bucharest, having as its highlights the productions “My Little Princess”, by Eve Ionesco, and “Impardonnables”, by Andre Techine, starring Carole Bou­quet, who will be back in Bucharest on this occasion.

This year’s edition includes 22 feature films, nine previews and six of the films presented in the latest Cannes Festival – “this year’s most important French productions”, according to a release by the organizers, the French Institute in Bucharest. The festival will kick off on October 21, starting 7.30pm, at the Studio Cinema, with a screening of “Impardonnables”, with actress Carole Bouquet’s participation. On the next night, at 8pm, film-lovers are invited to a screening of Eve Ionesco’s production, “My Little Princess”, inspired from the real-life story of the director, the French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco’s daughter, who started posing for her mother when she was five and went on to become the muse of the Parisian artistic elite and, at 11, the youngest model ever to appear in a nude pictorial in “Playboy”.

The special guest of the festival, Patrice Leconte (photo), whose work will be celebrated in a retrospective, will attend the screening of his latest film, “Voir la mer”, on October 23, at 8pm, and will take questions from the public after the screening of “Ridicule”, on October 24, starting 4pm.

This year’s edition of the festival has seven sections: “Previews” (nine 2010 and 2011 productions presented for the first time in Romania), “Films and Power” (four recent productions which address topical political affairs), “Patrice Leconte Retrospective” (from “Les Bronzes” to the celebrated French director’s latest film), “Decouverte” (three new films signed by young talents), “Animation” (“Le chat du rabin”), ”Do­cumen­tary” (“Nous, Prin­cesse de Cleves”) and “Short-reel” (a selection of five original shorts).

The festival will continue in Timisoara (Timis Cinema, October 29 to 30), Cluj-Napoca (Victoria Cinema, November 3 to 5) and Sibiu (Habitus, Atrium Cinema, November 4 to 6).

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