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Festival du film français 2019

22. The French Film Festival

20. - 27. 11. 2019 

The 22nd edition of the French Film Festival features twelve pre-premieres, in particular the remarkable Portrait of a Lady on Fire byCéline Sciamma which competed in the Official Selection at this year's Cannes Festival. This unconventional historical drama that was awarded the best screenplay in Cannes stars Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant. Another outstanding pre-premiere is Arnaud Desplechine's thriller Oh Mercy! that was also part of the Official Selection in Cannes. The festival will present the new film by Anne Fontaine White as Snowwith the outstanding performance by Isabelle Huppert in the lead role. This year's selection of pre-premieres presents an unusually high number of female directors. We can also mention the film An Easy Girl by Rebecca Zlotowski which was presented at the Un Certain regard competition section in Cannes, or the period love drama replete with eroticism Curiosa, a debut by Lou Jeunet. All fans of the French artist Jean-Jacques Sempé, the author of the famous children's book Little Nicholas, will be thrilled to know that the festival features the comedy Raoul Taburin based on Sempé's eponymous comic book. One of the highlights of this year's programme is Nicolas Bedos's comedy La Belle Époque starring such big names as Daniel Auteuil, Fanny Ardant, Guillaume Canet or Doria Tillier. The audience will also enjoy the restored version of the cult film by the great French director Alain Resnais Last Year at Marienbad.

In Prague, the Festival's competition section Czech Critics' Choice will offer ten selected films which will compete for the TV5MONDE Audience Award as well as Adèle Haenel Focus presenting five films of this remarkable French actress. The Festival line-up will not fail to offer the popular Short Film Evening in Prague and selected festival cities. In Prague, the festival will culminate with a tribute to the outstanding French thriller movie director Henri-Georges Clouzot, who earned the nickname “the French Hitchcock”. Five of his films will be shown including The Wages of Fear, which was later remade by the American director William Friendkin.

 

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FFF: The Wages of Fear

In a deprived urban development in a Latin America country, four misfits join together to undertake a risky adventure. In exchange for a big bonus, these adventurers must transport large quantities of nitroglycerine destined to blow up an oil fire. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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20. 11. Wednesday

120,00 18:00
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FFF: Last Year at Marienbad

At a social gathering at a château or baroque hotel, a man approaches a woman. He claims they met the year before at Marienbad and is convinced that she is waiting there for him. The woman insists they have never met. Show more

2D CS 12
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20. 11. Wednesday

120,00 21:00
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FFF: Love at Second Sight

After 10 years of happy marriage with Olivia and a thriving career as a bestselling author, Raphael has it all. After a huge argument between the couple, Raphael wakes up in parallel life as an unmarried, ping pong playing, middle-school teacher. Realizing Olivia was his everything, he must win back the love of his life, who in this world has absolutely no idea who he is. Show more

2D CS 12
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21. 11. Thursday

120,00 16:00
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FFF: Rolling to You

Jocelyn is a womanizer and a seducer. One day, he pretends to be paraplegic to seduce a young caregiver. How could he imagine that he would fall in love with her sister, who is really in a wheelchair? And so Jocelyn is finally trapped in his own scam. Show more

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21. 11. Thursday

120,00 18:00
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FFF: The Best Years of a Life

They knew each other long ago, a man and a woman whose dazzling and unexpected romance captured in the now-iconic film, revolutionized our understanding of love. Today, the former race car driver seems lost in the pathways of his memory. In order to help him, his son seeks out the woman his father wasn’t able to cherish. Anne reunites with Jean-Louis and their story picks up where they left it. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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21. 11. Thursday

120,00 18:30
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FFF: Sólo

Solo is a lyrical document about solitude and a return to life. Martin P. is a young Argentinian piano virtuoso and a composer who has spent the last four years of his life in south America´s largest psychiatric hospital, El Borda. Once a child musical prodigy and the most promising talent of his generation, he is now searching for a means to overcome his mental illness, to return to a life beyond the walls of the sanatorium and find a way to the concert stage. In the meantime, he is working on a new composition entitled ENFERMARIA. The film Solo tells the universal story of an obsessive quest for a perfect creation, the story of the evolution of a man who draws strength from his own vulnerability. Show more

2D CS/ES CS 12
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21. 11. Thursday

120,00 20:15
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FFF: White as Snow

Claire, a beautiful young woman, arouses the all-consuming jealousy of her stepmother Maud, who hires someone to kill her. Saved at the last minute by a mysterious man who takes her to his farm, Claire decides to stay in this small village, where she causes quite a stir: one, two, and soon seven men fall under her charm. For Claire this is the beginning of a radical emancipation, both charnel and romantic. Show more

2D CS 12
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21. 11. Thursday

120,00 20:30
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FFF: Love at First Fight

Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud’s summer looks set to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusque, a concrete block of tensed muscles and doomsday prophecies. He expects nothing; she prepares for the worst. He takes things as they come, likes a good laugh. She fights, runs, swims, pushes herself to the limit. Given she hasn’t asked him for anything, just how far will he go along with her? It’s a love story. Or a story of survival. Or both. Show more

2D CS 15
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22. 11. Friday

120,00 16:00
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FFF: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Brittany, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. Show more

2D CS 12
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22. 11. Friday

120,00 18:00
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FFF: The Mystery of Picasso

Using a specially designed transparent 'canvas' to provide an unobstructed view, Picasso creates as the camera rolls. He begins with simple works that take shape after only a single brush stroke. He then progresses to more complex paintings, in which he repeatedly adds and removes elements, transforming the entire scene at will, until at last the work is complete. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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22. 11. Friday

120,00 18:15
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FFF: Love at Second Sight

After 10 years of happy marriage with Olivia and a thriving career as a bestselling author, Raphael has it all. After a huge argument between the couple, Raphael wakes up in parallel life as an unmarried, ping pong playing, middle-school teacher. Realizing Olivia was his everything, he must win back the love of his life, who in this world has absolutely no idea who he is. Show more

2D CS 12
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22. 11. Friday

120,00 20:00
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FFF: Curiosa

Pierre and his friend Henri De Régnier are both madly in love with Marie de Heredia. Despite her feelings for Pierre, Marie eventually marries Henri who has a better situation. Badly hurt, Pierre leaves for Algeria. One year later, he comes back to Paris. Marie rushes to see Pierre and confesses that she kept herself for him. They quickly start an affair and a game of cat and mouse between many players begins, full of desire, jealousy and photography. Show more

2D CS 15
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22. 11. Friday

120,00 20:30
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FFF: Yao

Yao, a young boy who loves books and dreams of adventure, runs away from his village in northern Senegal- 240 miles to Dakar to meet his hero, a renowned French actor visiting his native country. Moved by the boy’s dedication, the actor decides to accompany him back home. But on the byways of Senegal, nothing ever happens as expected. And as they share the dusty, adventure-filled journey to Yao's village, the actor realizes he is also traveling towards his own roots. Show more

2D CS 12
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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 14:00
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FFF: La Belle Epoque

Victor, a disillusioned man in his sixties, finds his life turned upside down the day that Antoine, a brilliant entrepreneur, offers him an experience of a new kind: mixing theatrical artifice and historical reconstruction, Antoine's firm allows its clients to step back into any period of their choice. Victor chooses to return to the most important week of his life, when, forty years earlier, he met the love of his life. Show more

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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 16:15
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FFF: The Prayer

Thomas, a 22-year-old heroin addict, joins an isolated community at a Catholic rehab centre in the French Alps with the aim to try to kick his habit. The film chronicles his difficult path to recovery through a mix of prayer and hard labour, the short-tempered adolescent’s transformation into an independent, spiritual being. Its greatest fortes are unpretentious, precise direction, the courage to render the story in painful detail and a brilliant cast. Kahn’s feature is a humble character study, a formally pure, quiet celebration of human compassion and determination – a discreet, yet piercing and unsentimental account of faith, redemption, addiction, and the tough choice one is compelled to make between love of humans and God. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 18:30
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FFF: The Specials

For twenty years, Bruno and Malik have lived in a different world: the world of autistic children and teens. In charge of two separate nonprofit organizations, they train young people from underprivileged areas to be caregivers for extreme cases that have been refused by all other institutions. It's an exceptional partnership, outside of traditional settings, for some quite extraordinary characters. Show more

2D CS 12
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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 18:45
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FFF: In the Name of My Daughter

1976. After the failure of her marriage, Agnès Le Roux returns from Africa to join her mother, Renée, the proprietor of the Palais de la Méditerranée casino in Nice. Agnès falls in love with her mother's advisor, Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer ten years older than herself. A shareholder in the Palais, Agnès wants her part of the family inheritance. After a suicide attempt, Agnès disappears on November 1, 1977. Her body is never found. Thirty years later, Maurice Agnelet is still the suspect of this crime without proof or cadaver. Convinced of his guilt, Renée fights for him to be put on trial. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 21:00
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FFF: Room 212

After 20 years of marriage, Maria decides to leave the marital home. One night, she moves into the room 212 of the hotel across the street. From there, Maria has a bird's-eye view of her apartment, her husband, her marriage. She wonders if she has made the right decision. Many of the people in her life have an opinion on the matter and they plan to let her know. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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23. 11. Saturday

120,00 21:15
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FFF: Mia and the while lion

Ten year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia find happiness again as she develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia’s life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away leaving the farm and her family behind. Show more

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24. 11. Sunday

120,00 14:00
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FFF: Serial (Bad) Weddings 2

Claude and Marie Verneuil are facing a new crisis. Their four son-in-laws, Rachid, David, Chao and Charles, have decided to leave France with their wives and children to try their luck abroad. Unable to imagine their family far from them, Claude and Marie will do anything to hold them back. For their part, the Ko s arrive in France to marry their daughter. Them too, are in for a surprise. Show more

2D CS 12
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24. 11. Sunday

120,00 16:15
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FFF: Diabolique

In a French provincial town, Michel Delassalle, a headmaster of a school belonging to his wife Christina, carries on an affair with Nicole Horner, a strong, forceful teacher who has been his mistress from the day she arrived. He has, however, treated her as badly as his wife, and the two women have been driven into an alliance against him. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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24. 11. Sunday

120,00 17:30
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FFF: Rebels

Brought together by the accidental killing of their lecherous boss, fish-canning factory workers Sandra, Marilyn and Nadine discover a bag full of stolen cash on the dead man’s body. All three women desperately in need, they decide to steal the money and to get rid of his corpse – by canning it. What could have been a perfect plan quickly heads south. Show more

2D CS 12
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24. 11. Sunday

120,00 18:30
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FFF: The Murderer Lives at Number 21

Záhadný sériový vrah zanechává u svých obětí vizitku se jménem Durand. Komisař Wens nalézá stopu, která ho přivádí do rodinného penzionu Les Mimosas na Montmartru. Ubytuje se zde v převleku za kněze. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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24. 11. Sunday

120,00 20:00
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FFF: Savage

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. Men come and go, but he stays put, longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. Then he hits the road. His heart is pounding. Show more

2D CS 18
2DCS

24. 11. Sunday

120,00 20:30
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FFF: In the Name of My Daughter

1976. After the failure of her marriage, Agnès Le Roux returns from Africa to join her mother, Renée, the proprietor of the Palais de la Méditerranée casino in Nice. Agnès falls in love with her mother's advisor, Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer ten years older than herself. A shareholder in the Palais, Agnès wants her part of the family inheritance. After a suicide attempt, Agnès disappears on November 1, 1977. Her body is never found. Thirty years later, Maurice Agnelet is still the suspect of this crime without proof or cadaver. Convinced of his guilt, Renée fights for him to be put on trial. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

25. 11. Monday

120,00 16:30
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FFF: Wellness

Provocative French writer Michel Houellebecq meets Gérard Depardieu at a sea water therapy center in Cabourg. Together, they try to survive the health regime to which they are subjected by the establishment. But events quickly derail their routine. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
2DCS/ES

25. 11. Monday

120,00 19:00
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FFF: Real Love

Since his wife walked out on the family, Mario has raised their two daughters on his own. Frida, 14, blames him for her mother leaving. Niki, 17, dreams of independence. Meanwhile, Mario waits for his wife to come home. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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25. 11. Monday

120,00 21:00
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FFF: Orphan

Four moments in the lives of four female characters. A little country girl, caught up in a tragic game of hide-and-seek. A teenager runaway who bounces from man to man because anything is better than grim family life. A young woman who moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. And finally an adult woman, who thought she was safe from her own past. Little by little, these characters form one and the same heroine. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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26. 11. Tuesday

120,00 16:00
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FFF: Farewell to the Night

Muriel farms horses and owns an almond plantation. When her grandson comes to visit her for one last time before he leaves for Canada she learns that he has dark secrets. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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26. 11. Tuesday

120,00 18:15
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FFF: By the Grace of God

Alexandre lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day he learns by chance that the priest who abused him when he was in scouts is still working with children. He decides to take action and is soon joined by two other victims of the priest, François and Emmanuel. They band together to “lift the burden of silence′′ surrounding their ordeal. But the repercussions and consequences will leave no one unscathed. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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26. 11. Tuesday

120,00 20:30
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FFF: A Faithful Man

Eight years after their separation, Abel meets Marianne again, at Paul’s funeral. Abel sees this tragic event as a good omen. Paul’s death will allow him to win Marianne back. That is, unless Joseph, Paul and Marianne’s son, and Paul’s sister Eve, acting behind the scenes, don’t succeed in destroying Abel’s hopes. Show more

2D CS 15
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27. 11. Wednesday

120,00 16:00
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FFF: An Easy Girl

Naïma is 16 and lives in Cannes. She has given herself the summer to choose what she wants to do with her life. Then her cousin Sofia, with her alluring lifestyle, arrives to spend the holidays with her. Together, they will share an unforgettable summer. Show more

2D CS 15
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27. 11. Wednesday

120,00 18:00
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FFF: Young Ahmed

Ahmed is a 13-year-old boy who gives the impression of being a perfect machine operated by the doctrines of pure Islam. Under the influence of a bigoted imam he becomes closed off in an ideological shell. His life in liberal Belgian society turns into a series of rejections and hatreds that he projects primarily onto a friendly and unreserved teacher. Ahmed’s fanatical faith leads him to an extreme act. In their latest film, two masters of social realism look at how deep humanity is hidden beneath the load of religious doctrine and what can turn religious fanaticism around – education, social openness, or first love. Show more

2D CS/ES 15
2DCS/ES

27. 11. Wednesday

120,00 20:00
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