The Francophone Film Festival returns to Athens and Thessaloniki for a 17th year, featuring a wide range of interesting synergies.
The annual event kicks off on April 7 at the Onassis Cultural Center (107-109 Syngrou), with the Greek premiere of the 2015 romantic drama “Mon Roi.” Director and actress Μaïwenn Le Besco also directed award-winning “Polisse” — a film that was screened in the competitive section of the past Cannes Film Festival. The closing film of the 17th Francophone Film Festival will also be an international premiere, as the film “Mum, I’m back!” by Eric Lavin will screen for the first time in Athens.
The rest of the movies will be screened at the French Institute amphitheater at 31 Sina Street in Kolonaki as well as the capital’s Danaos (109 Kifissias) and Embassy (5 Patriarchou Ioakim & Irodotou) cinemas.
According to audiovisual attache Laetitia Kulyk, the festival is based on the idea of diversity: There are joint projects by Greek and foreign artists, a Greek-French jury, collaborations with other embassies in Athens, support from individual donors, cooperation with other festivals, master classes and a number of special screenings.
On April 14, the festival will move to the northern port city of Thessaloniki, where it will run through April 20. The organizers aim to expand the popularity of Francophone films – arthouse as well as more commercial productions – across the country.
Screenings are divided in three categories: Competition, Panorama, and Carte Blanche to Animasyros. The members of this year’s jury are sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin, Leda Galanou, Spyros Yannaras, Stefania Goulioti and Panayiotis Evangelidis.
For more information, visit www.festivalfilmfrancophone.gr.