FOR fans of the ancient Gauls and the protagonists of the popular French comic series, Asterix and Obelix, good tidings come in the form of the world première of the third live action film on the legionary comic duo, Asterix at the Olympic Games, to be screened in Mumbai on Sunday.
There’s more cheer for Francophiles and cinema zealots whose savoir-faire of all things French will finally come of service as the 1st Rendezvous with French Cinema in India, kicks off on Sunday at the Fun Republic in Andheri.
The three-day festival will showcase seven commercial French titles in an attempt to initiate and popularise French cinema in Mumbai, before travelling to other cities.
The Cultural Service of the French embassy in India devised the festival in partnership with UniFrance, an organisation committed to promoting French cinema across the world.
“As a market that’s very familiar with the business of movies, we thought the time is ripe to tap its potential,” said Philippe Martinet, cultural counsellor to the French embassy in India. “We hope to acquire authorisation and distribution rights for French films once the 1985 co-production agreement between France and India is renewed. We also want filmmakers to use France as the backdrop for their movies.”
Among the seven titles to be screened, film enthusiasts can look forward to Roman de Gare (Crossed Tracks), directed by the Academy and Palm d’or awardee, Claude Lelouch.
This snappy thriller will share screen space with the celebrated La Science Des Reves (The Science of Sleep), a charming story about one man’s flight of fantasy and his vivid dreams, directed by renowned director Michel Gondry, of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame.
“We’ve spent some time conducting non-commercial screenings of French movies in multiplexes across the country,” said Martinet.
At the festival, a screening of short French films is expected to precede each feature film to extend the viewing experience.