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Interview with the founders of the French Film Festival in Richmond, VA

For the 22nd French Film Festival in Richmond, VA, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France provides its support to the documentary programming. This year’s selection includes: Cinéast(e)s by Mathieu Busson and Julie Gayet, Il est minuit, Paris s’éveille by Yves Jeuland, and Faire quelque chose by Vincent Goubet.
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The Hooping Life

THE HOOPING LIFE is the first film that captures the origins and rise of modern day hula-hooping – a.k.a hooping. With an introduction by hooper (of basketball and hula alike) Shaquille O’Neal, the film illuminates eight extraordinary stories of hoop devotees who have embraced it as an art form, a teaching aid, and even an instrument of redemption. British electronic duo BASEMENT JAXX provides the buoyant score that captures the free-spirited nature of hooping. The film celebrates the healing power of movement and the spirit of human inventiveness.
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BRICK MANSIONS

In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. Undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) is determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when Tremaine kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.
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Cannes Announces 2014 Official Film Selection

The official film selection for the 2014 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was unveiled on April 17th during a press conference held by Gilles Jacob (President) and Thierry Frémaux (Executive Director). Out of 1,800 submissions, 49 films representing 28 countries were selected for this year’s slate, with 18 titles competing for the Palme d’Or and 19 for the Un Certain Regard section.
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THE KING OF ESCAPE

NY THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN ! ONE WEEK ONLY (April 11-17, 2014) Armand, a man who sells farm machines in the country, is a popular middle-aged homosexual. Just as he was getting sick of life, he falls in love with a young girl called, Curlie, and goes on the run from her parents and the police.
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THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT

Jacques Demy's love letter to American musicals, French cityscapes and romance in general. One of his greatest films.
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THE JEWISH CARDINAL

A Jewish-born man converts to Catholicism and joins the priesthood, all while balancing his dual identities.
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Cannes Film Festival 2014: A Look Ahead

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is set to take place May 14-25, 2014. One month before its opening, let’s take a look at what we know so far.
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VIOLETTE

Martin Provost's second biopic of a French female artist stars Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain as Violette Leduc and her mentor/object of desire Simone de Beauvoir.
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Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014 Gathers 15,000 Spectators

This year’s edition of the French film festival organized by UniFrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center met with an unprecedented success.
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YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL

Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. The film portrays of a 17 year-old girl (Marine Vacth), in 4 seasons and 4 songs.