French Film Festival 2022

25. French film festival 

24. - 30.11.2022

The 25th edition of the festival will be a celebration of French cinema and will present the TOP 10 films of recent years, new releases in preview, French classics, short films and new films from the Cannes Film Festival. The festival has approached film distributors to select the best French film of the last 25 years from their line-up. The TOP 10 section includes award-winning hits both in France and abroad such as The Nightingales in the Cage, The Life of Adèle, Portrait of a Girl on Fire, What Have We Done to Whom and more. The rich festival programme continues with a special screening of the cult film Amélie de Montmartre, which will be shown in Prague and all festival cities for a symbolic admission fee. As part of the festival's 25th year celebrations, audiences can also head to 14 preview screenings, headlined by several films from the main competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The Prague part of the festival will offer a Czech Critics' Choice section, and the popular Evening of Short Films will also be on the programme. The festival will commemorate 100 years since the birth of Alain Resnais and the Prague part of the festival will be rounded off with a tribute to the classic of the French New Wave, François Truffaut.

 

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Serial (Bad) Weddings? Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?

The Verneuils are catholic. They are also a well-off, well-educated , well-intentioned, well-thought of couple. Everything would be for the best in the best of worlds if three of their daughters had not married three young men... of different religions and origins. So, the day their fourth girl tells them that she is going to marry a Catholic they are on cloud nine... Show more

2D CS 12
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Yves Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent

Paris, 1957. Barely 21 years old, Yves Saint Laurent is handed the reins of the prestigious fashion house founded by Christian Dior, who has recently died. During his first fashion show, which is a triumph, he meets Pierre Bergé. This encounter will change his life. Lovers and business partners, three years later the two men become partners and form the Yves Saint Laurent label. Show more

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Little Nicholas - Happy as Can Be Le Petit Nicolas - Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux?

Somewhere between Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny lean over a large white sheet of paper and bring to life a mischievous and endearing boy, Little Nicolas. From schoolyard games and fights, to summer camp pranks and camaraderie, Nicolas lives a merry and enriching childhood. Show more

2D CS 12
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Two Is a Family Demain tout commence

Samuel parties hard in the Marseille area of France and is awoken one morning by a woman carrying a baby she claims is his. She drives off leaving him with a wailing infant; he gives chase to London where he finds work and raises Gloria by himself. Show more

2D CS 12
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Little Nicholas - Happy as Can Be Le Petit Nicolas - Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux?

Somewhere between Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny lean over a large white sheet of paper and bring to life a mischievous and endearing boy, Little Nicolas. From schoolyard games and fights, to summer camp pranks and camaraderie, Nicolas lives a merry and enriching childhood. Show more

2D CS 12
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Forever Young Les Amandiers

At the end of the 1980s, Stella, Victor, Adèle and Etienne are 20 years old. They take the entrance exam to the famous acting school created by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre. Launched at full speed into life, passion, and love, together they will experience the turning point of their lives, but also their first tragedy. Show more

2D CS 12
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Amelie Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Amélie lives in the Montmartre district of Paris, a world unto itself. She waits tables at the local bistro, shops at the local greengrocer, and greets her neighbours like in a small town. Nothing special has ever happened in her life, except for her mother's curious death, which Amélie's father still mourns. Amélie would probably have remained resigned to her lonely fate if one day she hadn't discovered a hidden treasure in her apartment in the form of an old box containing mementos of her former tenant's childhood. Not only does Amélie decide to deliver the box to its owner years later, but she also comes to the realisation that she can help improve and repair the world around her. Then one day, when she discovers a man collecting discarded likenesses of strangers at the station's photo machines, Amélie falls in love. But it takes some time before she meets Nino and allows him to decipher her cryptic messages. Show more

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Heart of Oak Le chene

Considered the king of the forest, the oak symbolizes power and longevity: it is the tallest and most majestic tree in the forests of our Northern Hemisphere. For many, it is synonymous with a hope of life for future generations. Show more

2D CS U
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Serial (bad) weddings 2 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au Bon Dieu?

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

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Close Close

The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi's mother. Show more

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Lola vers la mer Lola vers la mer

Just when Lola, 18 years old and transgender, learns that she can finally have surgery, her mother, who is her only financial support, passes away. Abiding by her mother’s last wishes, Lola and her father, who are permanently in conflict and have not seen each other for two years, undertake a journey all the way to the Belgian coast. They realize the outcome of the journey may not be the one they were both expecting... Show more

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Le Tourbillon de la vie Le Tourbillon de la vie

About an 80-year old Julia, who reflects on the decisions and circumstances that happened in her life which could have led her down different paths. Show more

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The New Toy Le Nouveau Jouet

Samy lives happily in the housing projects. To provide for the needs of his future family, he takes a job as a night watchman in a luxury goods store. Philippe Etienne is the wealthiest man in France. For his only son's birthday, Philippe opens the toy department of the store where Samy works and tells Alexandre he can take whatever he wants. Alexandre chooses Samy! Show more

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The Dreyfus Affair J'accuse

In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island. Show more

2D CS 15
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The Kitchen Brigade La Brigade

Cathy is a stubborn 40-year-old sous chef. This year, she is finally about to fulfill her lifelong dream: Opening her own gastronomic restaurant. But nothing goes as planned. Facing serious financial difficulties, she reluctantly accepts a job in the cafeteria of a shelter for young migrants. While she hates her new position, Cathy’s skills and passion for cuisine start to change the kids’ lives. And they also have a lot to teach her. Show more

2D CS 12
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27. 11. Sunday

140,00 18:30
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

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 OR 12
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27. 11. Sunday

140,00 19:45
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The Innocent L'Innocent

When Abel learns that his 60-year-old mother Sylvie is about to marry a man in prison he freaks out. With the help of his best friend, Clémence, he will do whatever it takes to protect her. But meeting Michel, his new stepfather, may well offer him a new perspective. Show more

2D CS 12
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27. 11. Sunday

140,00 20:30
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Qu’est-ce gu’on a tous fait au Bon Dieu? Qu’est-ce gu’on a tous fait au Bon Dieu?

Claude and Marie Verneuil are back. And of course, with their extended family, they are facing a whole new set of problems. Really big and numerous problems. Claude and Marie Verneuil married off a fourth daughter in the first film, and successfully kept all their daughters and their families in France in the second. And just when they managed to convince them not to go anywhere, they didn't expect them all to end up in their picturesque Chinon, more or less always at each other's throats. The daughters and their families want to repay them for their care and concern, and they take advantage of the fact that Claude and Marie are celebrating forty years together. They start to prepare a big party for them at their family home and, because it has to be a big party, they invite their parents to France. Claude and Marie will have to welcome the parents of their sons-in-law Rachid, David, Chao and Charles under their roof. This "family" reunion promises to be very eventful. It's bad enough that these families come from all over the world and are certainly not united by the same faith. Let yourself be surprised and, above all, entertained. Show more

2D CS 12
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28. 11. Monday

140,00 18:00
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Juste ciel Juste ciel

Five nuns set their sights on winning the cash prize in a major cycling race to raise money to renovate a dilapidated hospice. The only hitch is that none of them can ride a bicycle. Show more

2D CS 12
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28. 11. Monday

140,00 19:00
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Test Le Test

The Castillon seem to be the perfect family. That is until Annie, the mother, fnds a positive pregnancy test in the bathroom. Is it Juliette's, her son's girlfriend? Poupi's, her teenage daughter? Another woman in her husband's life? Does her other son actually have girlfriends? Whatever the answer, this is no good news. Show more

2D CS U
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28. 11. Monday

140,00 20:00
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The World of Yesterday Le Monde d'hier

Elisabeth de Raincy, the French President, has decided to withdraw from political life. Three days before the first round of the presidential election, she learns from her Secretary-General, Franck L'Herbier, that a scandal coming from abroad will splash her designated successor and give victory to the far-right candidate. They have three days to change the course of History. Show more

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28. 11. Monday

140,00 21:00
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Lost Illusions Illusions perdues

Lucien is a young unknown poet living in 19th century France who has high hopes and ambitions for his existence. He leaves the family printing press in the region he comes from to try to find happiness in Paris alongside his patroness. In this wonderful city, he soon finds himself at the mercy of his own fate and gradually discovers the backstage world of profit and pretence. A human comedy in which everything can be bought or sold: literary fame and print media, politics and emotions, reputation and soul. Lucien will love, suffer and sober up from his illusions. The film is an adaptation of the famous novel by Honoré de Balzac. Show more

2D CS 12
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29. 11. Tuesday

140,00 17:45
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Nobody's Hero Viens je t'emmène

Clermont-Ferrand, central France. Médéric (35) meets and falls in love with middle-aged sex worker Isadora, who is married. When the city center is the scene of a terrorist attack, Selim, a young, homeless guy, provokes a wave of paranoia by taking refuge in Médéric's building. Sympathizing with Selim, crazy about Isadora, Mederic's life suddenly turns into a mess. Show more

2D CS 12
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29. 11. Tuesday

140,00 18:15
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Brother and Sister Frère et sœur

Alice and Louis are brother and sister. She is an actress; he was a teacher and poet. For more than 20 years, Alice has hated her brother. In all this time they haven’t seen one another. The death of their parents brings the siblings face to face. Show more

2D CS 12
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29. 11. Tuesday

140,00 20:30
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Final cut COUPEZ !

In an abandoned building, a low-budget zombie horror film is falling apart on set. The abusive director is already pushing the cast and crew to the brink with his obnoxious behavior when he reveals his plan to inject energy and excitement into the project: unlocking a real-life ancient zombie curse. In a frenetic one-shot where body parts and fluids are flying, the actors fight the undead and their director for their lives before the film comes to a shocking conclusion and the credits roll...but is that the whole story? Academy Award–winning writer-director Michel Hazanavicius brings one of the most innovative, joyful, and funniest love letters to film and filmmaking you’ll ever see. Adapted from the cult Japanese box office hit One Cut of The Dead by Shinichiro Ueda. Show more

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29. 11. Tuesday

140,00 20:45
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Notre Dame on Fire Notre-Dame brûle

A film relating from the inside the Notre-Dame de Paris fire of April 2019. Show more

2D CS 12
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30. 11. Wednesday

140,00 18:15
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FFF22: Celine and Julie Go Boating Céline et Julie vont en bateau

Celine and Julie go from sharing a story about a haunted house to being part of a story about a haunted house... or is it a real haunted house that has been called up by the story? The film blurs the line between the telling of the story and the story itself, as Celine and Julie, like Alice in Wonderland, become part of a surreal, drug-induced parallel universe; also like Alice, they ultimately become the heroines of the story that first imprisoned them. Show more

2D CS 12
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30. 11. Wednesday

140,00 19:00
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The Young Lovers Les Jeunes Amants

Elegant, retired architect Shauna (70) crosses paths with Pierre, a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years ago. Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair. While Pierre’s family life is soon turned upside down, Shauna struggles with feelings she thought belonged to the past. Show more

2D CS 12
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30. 11. Wednesday

140,00 20:30