Broken childhoods is the summary of this week's film show: those of young film stars, at the heart of French actress Judith Godrèche's speech at France's César awards ceremony; and that of the young heroine in the film "When it Melts", which is out in France this week.
Eyes in the movie world turn to Berlin as its annual film showcase opens with a typically exciting roster, including the new release from French director André Téchiné starring Isabelle Huppert and Hafsia Herzi.
Since premiering in Venice in September, Polish director Agnieszka Holland's refugee drama "Green Border" has been showered with prizes and praise. But it sparked outrage from Poland's now former right-wing government, with politicians calling it "Nazi propaganda".
FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her take on both the Oscar nominations and France's Lumière awards, for which she is the academy president. France has been reacting with both pride and astonishment to the success of Justine Triet's courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Fall", which got five Oscar nods despite not being submitted by France for Best International Film.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including the movie that won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Film and Best Actress Golden Globes, "Poor Things". Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, it's a Victorian-era comic romp tipped for an Oscar or two.
Based on Priscilla Presley's 1985 memoir "Elvis and Me", Sofia Coppola's biopic "Priscilla" tells the story of the woman who married one of the world's biggest stars, from their meeting on a US air base when she was just 14, to the birth of their daughter and eventual separation. FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson says the movie invites us to consider Priscilla's perspective – and may leave you wondering whether Elvis was a perfect gentleman or a controlling jerk.
Embraced as a modern holiday classic after its release in 2003, British romantic comedy “Love Actually” has since been chided for its lineup of all-heterosexual couples and sexist storylines. FRANCE 24 critic Lisa Nesselson makes an argument for the film's enduring magic, in part thanks to its incredible cast.
From Ridley Scott's epic about Napoleon to a film on the woman who brought the music of the tiny Cape Verde islands to a worldwide audience, join us for our film show with critic Lisa Nesselson and Ana Sofia Fonseca, the filmmaker behind the documentary "Césaria Evora — The Barefoot Diva".
From the Hunger Games prequel without Jennifer Lawrence to a hit American independent movie that knocked Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny off the top of the box office this summer – Sound of Freedom without forgetting the British debut feature How to Have Sex, film critic Emma Jones discusses this week’s new pictures with Eve Jackson.
Film critic Lisa Nesselson and presenter Eve Jackson talk about the week's film news, including Juliette Binoche starring in historical foodie movie "The Taste of Things", also known as "The Pot-au-Feu". They also discuss the biopic of adventurous skilled navigator Florence Arthaud, as well as "Goodbye Julia", the first ever Sudanese film to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival, plus John Malkovich speaking French in "Complètement cramé !".
Set amid the snowy mountains of northern China, "The Breaking Ice" follows three young people over the course of several days as they form a brief and life-changing friendship. It's the latest film from Singaporean director Anthony Chen, whose first feature "Ilo Ilo" won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2013. Anthony Chen spoke to Alison Sargent and film critic Emma Jones about his work, mental health and why he's drawn to relationships between strangers.
Renowned for her stuffy, old world attitude, the wife of former French president Jacques Chirac gets the comedic treatment in "Bernadette", starring Catherine Deneuve as the eponymous first lady. FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson describes it as "a joyful comedy anchored in French political history" including behind-the-scenes political dealings and a style makeover from Karl Lagerfeld.