Les Intranquilles, Rien à foutre, Noémie Merlant, Jim Cummings and Alice Diop are in the spotlight. After a digital edition in 2020, the festival created by Sophie Dulac and focused on independent French and American cinema opens its 2021 edition which will end on September 21.
The Champs-Elysées Film Festival opens its fifth edition tonight at 7 p.m. at Publicis Cinémas with the Paris premiere of Joachim Lafosse’s new film The Unquiet, in the presence of the film crew. The spectators will be able to discover Leila (Leïla Bekhti) and Damien (Damien Bonnard), forming a united couple despite Damien’s bipolarity. The screening of the feature film will be followed by a piano-voice performance by Yael Naim.
The singer is also part of the feature film jury, chaired by Thomas Lilti and completed by Agathe Rousselle, Aurel and Élie Wajeman. The short films jury is made up of Naïla Guiguet, its president, and Alexandra Pianelli, Kiddy Smile, Coralie Russier, Yoann Zimmer. On the side of the press jury, we notice Ava Cohen (FrenchMania), Antoine Guillot (France Culture), Mathilde Carton and Renaud Baronian (The Parisian). Each jury will have the task of awarding the prizes to the best features and short films in the selection, as well as the critics’ prizes.
With the festival presenting eight French and eight other American feature films this year, as well as 11 French and 13 American short films, the public can expect French productions at screenings ofBetween the waves by Anais Volpé (presented at the Directors’ Fortnight this year) and by Mi iubita, my love by Noémie Merlant (screened in a special screening at Cannes 2021). Two titles selected during the Berlinale 2021 are also on the program, in particular We by Alice Diop. Regarding American feature films, spectators will be able to discover The Sleeping Negro by Skinney Myers or All Light, Everywhere by Theo Anthony, among the eight films in the selection. The full selection, of feature and short films, is available on the festival’s official website.
This tenth edition is accompanied by the creation of the Riot Girls section with the American filmmaker Susan Sedeilman as a guest. A round table will be devoted to it, on the theme “Riot Girls: the underground scene of the 80s filmed by women”. Impact and influences of this generation of “rebellious” “September 16 at 7:30 pm.
A retrospective on 10 years of independence to celebrate independent cinema is also on the calendar, with guest of honor Jim cummings who will come to present among others The Beta Test, as well as a carte blanche to Acid which will present three feature films from its Cannes selection in Parisian previews. DJ sets will liven up the festival, highlighting the independent music scene, with Paloma Colombe, Cléa Vincent, Silly Boy Blue, Sônge and Kiddy Smile.
The closing evening, scheduled for September 21, will be an opportunity to award the various festival prizes, but also to attend the Paris premiere of Nothing to give a fuck by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre, in which Adèle Exarchopoulos takes the leading role.
Extract from Rien à foutre, with Adèle Exarchopoulos: “You smell alcohol”