As spring begins to bring more sunlight and warmth to the city, Torontonians have a wonderful film festival to enjoy: CinA�franco, the international francophone film festival of Toronto, which runs from March 25 to April 3. Established for 14 years, it is the citya��s biggest celebration of French-speaking films, and for those of you who dona��t speak French, fear not: all films at CinA�franco are subtitled in English.
Being a francophone film festival, the films come from France and also many other French-speaking countries and regions, including QuA�bec, Belgium, Luxembourg, Algeria, and Switzerland. Several of these films see their North American or Canadian premiere at CinA�franco. In total, the festival will show 27 feature films, 7 documentaries, and 10 short films.
Some of CinA�franco 2011a��s highlights include the following:
- Impasse du dA�sir by Michel Rodde, from Switzerland: in this opening night film, QuA�bec actor RA�my Girard stars as Robert, a psychiatrist who discovers that his wife is cheating on him. Consumed with jealousy, he is driven to take drastic measures.
- Mammuth by Gustave Kervern and BenoA�t DelA�pine: starring the venerable GA�rard Depardieu, Mammuth tells the comedic story of a recent retiree who needs to get papers from his previous jobs in order to qualify for his pension. Thus, he fires up his Mammuth motorbike and embarks on a journey across France filled with laughs and adventure.
- Copacabana by Marc Fitoussi: French dramatic screen icon Isabelle Huppert takes a comedic role, playing an off-kilter, scatterbrained, and hilarious mother named Babou who is dis-invited to her daughtera��s wedding, because her daughter is ashamed of and embarrassed by her. This drives Babou to get her life together, in order to show her daughter that she can be a responsible and mature adult.
In addition to the film screenings, the directors and cast members for several of the films are in attendance at CinA�franco, to allow the audience a valuable opportunity to ask questions after the screening about the process of making the film.
CinA�franco 2011 takes place at the TIFF Lightbox on King and John, with the documentaries in the festival showing at the NFB MA�diatheque on Richmond and John. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for 18 year olds and younger. Tickets can be purchased in person at the TIFF Lightbox, by phone at 416-599-8433, or online at http://2012.cinefranco.com/page/tickets. For the documentaries, tickets are $8 and available at the MA�diatheque.
For more information on the films, the showtimes, and additional film-related events hosted by CinA�franco throughout the week, visit http://www.cinefranco.com/.