Varilux French Cinema Festival
Curitiba is hosting, from April 9 to April 16, the 5th edition of the Varilux French Cinema Festival. The Festival hopes to attract an estimated audience of 100,000 people in 45 different Brazilian cities that will be featuring the event, including Curitiba.
The Festival opened to the public in Curitiba on Wednesday, April 9, in the movie theaters in Estação and Crystal malls. The Festival continues until April 16.
This year, besides the 15 French contemporary movies displayed, the event will honor the filmmaker François Truffaut on the 30th anniversary of his death. Truffaut’s masterpiece, Four Hundred Blows, will be exhibited in a restored, digital version.
A private preview opened the Festival on April 8 simultaneously in the 45 participating Brazilian cities. At Crystal Plaza, invited guests from Curitiba attended a cocktail party, followed by the national premiere of the film Yves Saint-Laurent, by Jalil Laspert, one of the most anticipated films of the Festival.
The premiere in Curitiba was honored with the presence of the Festival director, Christian Boudier. According to Boudier, the success of the event is proof that the Brazilian public loves French cinema and culture. Boudier is confident that Varilux 2014 will enable this public to be, more than ever, connected to what is new and exciting in the art of contemporary French cinema.
More than half of the films chosen were released in France in just the last few weeks such as Yves Saint-Laurent and La ritournelle. The latter film stars the famous Isabelle Huppert, who is coming to Brazil in honor of the event. La délicatesse, a huge success in France, will also be shown, starring the major French star, Audrey Tautou.
Festival goers will also be able to enjoy the winners of the César du Cinema 2014 award, such as Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!, that provided the director and actor Guillaume Gallienne with five different awards. This film was a huge success in France, bringing 2.3 million people to the movie theaters.
One of the most known French filmmakers, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is also coming to Brazil, to present his latest movie, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, that will be projected in 3D for children free, as an educational exhibition. Jeunet, who was also the director of the blockbuster Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amelie) will be giving a master class in cinema in São Paulo.
For more information, visit the official web site of the event: http://variluxcinefrances.com
[This article was written by Manuela Niclewicz and Gabriel Massaneiro and edited by CIE.]