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For French film lovers out there, the French Institut in Nicosia is organising a week of French films to be screened at the University of Nicosia’s Cine Studio tomorrow.

The week will include five French comedies with Greek subtitles. All screenings start at 8pm and entrance is free.

The first film up is the 2012 film La Fille du 14 Juillet (The Rendez – Vous of Deja-Vu). The film, directed by Antonin Peretjakto and starring Gregoire Tachnakian (Hector) and Vimala Pons (Truquette), concentrates on Hector’s story. Hector meets Truquette on Bastille Day and becomes obsessed with seducing her. The plan is to get her to the seaside ASAP. The woman Hector has his eye on isn’t complaining, especially if her friend Charlotte can come along for the ride.

So off they go, down the country roads of a France that is going through a financial crisis. Then the unthinkable happens, the government decides to reduce the summer vacation time and everyone must go back to work. Although they are also caught-up in this break-down of France, the trio are set on living out an endless summer.

Moving away from the theme of trying to seduce someone to actually succeeding, the next film to be screened is 9 Mois Ferme (9 Month Stretch) on Friday. The 2012 comedy, directed by Albert Dupontel, and starring Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Dupontel and Nicolas Marie, was nominated in six categories at the 39th Cesar Awards – including Best Film and Best Director.

As you may have guessed from the title, the comedy is concerned with a pregnant woman. The woman in question is Ariane Felder, an examining magistrate who is single and very old-fashioned. If the pregnancy wasn’t enough of a surprise, the results of the DNA tests show that the father of the baby is Bob, a criminal prosecuted for atrocious assault and battery. Ariane, who doesn’t remember anything about how she got herself into this predicament, tries to understand what happened.

Sunday will bring us the 2013 film Quai d’Orsay (The French Minister). Directed by Bertrand Tavernier and starring Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz and Niels Arestrup, the film tells the story of Arthur Vlaminack. Vlaminack is a graduate of the elite National School of Administration and is hired as head of language at the Foreign Ministry – in other words, he is to write the minister’s speeches. He is bullied by his ambitious colleagues and his new boss isn’t much fun either. Funnily enough, in a world where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the name of the game, Vlaminack’s career takes off, despite all the odds against him.

Mobile Home, the 2012 film directed by Francois Pirot, and starring Arthur Dupont, Guillaume Gouix and Jean-Paul Bonnaire, is next to be screened on Monday. Simon goes back to his hometown in the countryside after breaking up with his girlfriend and leaving his job. There he meets up with his old friend Julien. The two 32-year-old, unemployed men decide to take up one of their teenage dreams of hitting the road for an adventurous journey. They buy a huge motor-home, but the trip gets delayed. So they decide to start their journey by staying exactly where they are. It is this motionless stage of their trip where the two are confronted with themselves and what they wanted to run away from.

The final film of the week is Lulu Femme Nue (Lulu in the Nude). The 2013 comedy/ drama directed by Solveig Anspach and starring Karin Viard, Bouli Lanners and Pascal Demolon, will be screened on Wednesday.

After an interview that went south, Lulu decides to take a few days off from her family life. She leaves her husband and three kids and takes some time off alone on the coast. On the way, her path crosses with those of a variety of people, and each encounter gets her closer to getting to know herself again.

French Film Week
A week’s screening of French films. September 28 until October 5. Cine Studio, University of Nicosia. 9pm and 8pm on Sunday. Free. French with Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-459333

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