As reported by the public relations office of the 34th FIFF, the six French films to be screened in the Iranian film event, which are mostly 2015 productions, have previously been screened at prominent film festivals like Cannes. ‘The Measure of a Man’ is one of the most successful films on the list, which has formerly been praised at numerous film festivals and won best acting awards.
The lineup for the Retrospection of French Cinema Section is as follows:
‘The Fear’ (2015), Damian Odoul
Synopsis: Gabriel, an introverted young man, finds terror and appalling carnage in the hell on earth of the trenches between 1914 and 1918. At the end of his horrifying interior journey through the conflict – full of sound, fury and blood – he will discover his own humanity.
Awards: Prix Jean Vigo for Best Feature Film
‘Rabid Dogs’ (2015), Eric Hannezo
Synopsis: A bank job goes wrong. Four armed robbers take refuge in a shopping center- shots are fired, panic ensues. Surrounded, the criminals shoot a man and take a woman hostage. Cornered, they hijack a car, at the wheel a father on his way to hospital with his sick child. Out of control, on the run, their escape turns into a merciless manhunt. For these rabid dogs, there is no turning back.
The Little Prince (2015), Mark Osborne
Synopsis: A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.
Awards: César Awards: Best Animated Feature Film
The Measure of a Man (2015), Stéphane Brizé
Synopsis: An unemployed factory worker is trying to make ends in working-class France.
Awards: Cannes IFF: Best Actor, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention / Cesar Awards 2016: Best Actor / Brussels European IFF: Audience Award / Denver IFF: Special Jury Prize / International Film Festival of India: Silver Peacock for Best Actor
The Clear Stream Affaire (2014), Vincent Garenq
Synopsis: Journalist Denis Robert sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of banking firm Clearstream. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world of shadowy multinational banking puts him in contact with an ever-expanding anti-corruption investigation carried out by Judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke. Their paths will lead them to the heart of a political/financial intrigue named the which will rock the foundations of the Europe and the French government itself.
Anton Chekhov 1890 (2015), Rene Feret
Synopsis: Anton Chekhov, a humble Russian doctor, writes novels he sells to newspapers to feed his family. As his talent gets noticed by his peers, Chekhov even gains Tolstoy’s admiration. But when his brother dies from tuberculosis, Chekhov, remorseful, decides to flee his escalating notoriety and travels to the penal colony of the Sakhalin Island, in Siberia, to write about the depraved society the convicts live in. This journey will inspire some of his most brilliant and famous pieces.