Next week’s movie magic is reserved for French films, curtesy of The Friends of the Cinema in collaboration with the Institut Francais de Chypre. French film week will see the screening of five films at Cine Studio at the University of Nicosia with English subtitles.
The festival will kick off on Monday with the 2016 comedy La Loi De La Jungle (Struggle for Life). The comedy tells the story of Marc, a trainee of the Ministry of the Standard, who is entrusted with a delicate mission by the minister’s cabinet director to go to Guyana to monitor the upgrade of Guyaneige, the first indoor ski track in Amazonia. This must boost tourism. He embarks on a visit to sites to check that everything is in order. To get there, he is accompanied by Tarzan (Vimala Pons), a pretty trainee at the National Forest Office who serves as a driver. After a road accident, they get lost in the forest. Quickly, the two-young people are confronted with many dangers.
Next up on Wednesday will be the 2015 film Toute Premiere Fois (First Time). The romantic comedy unfolds when Jeremie wakes up alongside a pretty woman. The problem is that he normally prefers waking up next to his future husband Antonie. Directed by Maxime Govare and Noemie Saglio, this is a story about coming in, rather than coming out.
The laughs will continue on Friday with the 2014 comedy drama Les Souvenirs (Memories) that shows us that sometimes an age gap can bring people closer. While 23-year-old night porter Romain Esnart dreams about writing a great novel, his father retires and becomes a pensioner. Romain’s father Michel doesn’t like his new life and as a result his wife, Nathalie, is unhappy because now she has to deal with a husband who mopes around the house all day. But that is just the start of this family’s problems, things skyrocket when Romain’s 85-year-old grandmother Madeleine runs away from a retirement home where she has been placed against her will. Madeleine – who shares a special bond with her grandson – is only heard of again when she sends a postcard to Romain from Normandy. Now knowing where she is, Romain borrows his dad’s car and joins her. They both have a wonderful day in the town of Madeleine’s youth and she even visits the school she went to as a little girl. But in the end perhaps the trip down memory lane will prove too much for the old woman to bear.
Bringing us to October will be the classic 1964 adventure film L’Homme de Rio (The Man from Rio). This fast-paced adventure is set around a French air force pilot who gets a pass to go and see his girlfriend in Paris. He gets there just in time to see her being kidnapped by South American Indians, who believe she knows the location of a set of statues that can pinpoint the location of a jungle treasure. The pilot follows them to the Brazilian jungle and the journey takes many turns until the lovers manage to escape and return to France just before the pilot’s pass expires.
The fifth and final film of the French movie week will be the crime/ comedy Je Fais Le Mort (Playing Dead) on October 2. This is the story of an out-of-work actor who accepts to play dead people in crime scene reconstructions so he can pay the rent.
French Film Week
Screening of five French films. September 25 until October 2. Cine Studio, University of Nicosia. Daily: 9pm, Sunday: 8pm. Free. With English subtitles. Tel: 22-459333