French feast

Written by Sudipta Datta | Updated: Jan 27 2008, 05:25am hrs
Hes one of Frances most celebrated film-makers and he is coming to India to premiere his 2007 offering Crossed Tracks. Claude Lelouch,who won the Palme dOr in 1966 when only 30 for his A Man and a Woman, is part of a high-level cultural delegation. Crossed Tracks follows the story of Judith Ralitzer, femme fatale and popular writer, who is seeking characters for her next best-seller. A serial killer has just escaped from a high security prison watch how a hairdresser will change the writer and the prisoner's destinies.

Also, the first edition of Rendezvous with French Cinema in India, between January 27-February 14 across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad will also screen Asterix at the Olympic Games, starring Gerard Depardieu, Caramel, by Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki, which premiered at Cannes last year, The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry, The Stone Council starring Monica Belluci by Guillaume Nicloux, Azur & Asmar by Michel Ocelot among others. Nicloux's The Stone Council has Belluci as a mother who is suffering from acute anxiety about the identity of her adopted son, Liu-San. After he is kidnapped, Laura encounters an adventure at the edges of the strange and supernatural. If Gondrys The Science of Sleep is a story about Stephane and Stephanie and their love played out mostly in the imagination, Caramel is about the trials and tribulations of five women in Beirut who meet regularly in a beauty salon to confide in each other. Also attending the event will be Jerome Seydoux, chairman of Pathe, the biggest film studio in Europe. The festival is showcasing the latest production of an innovative, diverse and dynamic French film industry, says Jerome Bonnafont, ambassador of France in India. Go catch the festival, as Bonnafont says, to feel French cinemas inimitable touch, to enjoy its never bland, sometimes spicy, always witty taste.