20. 9. 2016. – After last year’s successful collaboration with the French Institute and Rendez-vous event, the festival of France in Croatia, independent cinemas of the Cinema Network will again this October screen French films in the line-up called Rendez-vous au cinéma. The line-up includes new French titles, classics and a beautifully crafted animated film for the young ones, and the 2nd Rendez-vous au cinéma opens with a screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic film Pierrot le Fou!
Pierrot le Fou was made in 1965 and based on Lionel White’s novel Obsession. It plot centres around Ferdinand Griffon (Jean-Paul Belmondo), who one day leaves his wife and children and heads south with his ex-girlfriend Marianne (Anna Karina). Marianne is chased by gangsters and a series of robberies, murders and deceits inevitably leads to a tragic ending. The screening of Pierrot le Fou is scheduled for Saturday, 1 October at eight independent cinemas at the same time (Samobor, Velika Gorica, Kutina, Prelog, Zabok, Pazin, Novska and Europa cinema in Zagreb).
Another classic in this selection is the comedy The Big Day (Jour de fête) by Jacques Tati, made in 1949. Tati plays François, a postman in a small French provincial town. Although kind-hearted and ready to help, he is often the subject of mockery among the citizens. After seeing a film about the efficiency of the US postal service, François decides to become as successful as American postmen.
The rest of the Rendez-vous au cinéma line-up includes recent French films: Memories (Les souvenirs) by Jean-Paul Rouve, a touching comedy about a relationship between a grandson and his grandmother; Hippocrates (Hippocrate) by Thomas Lilti, about a young medical resident facing the fear and limits of his possibilities; the comedy The Sweet Escape (Comme un avion) by Bruno Podalydès, about 50-year-old Michel getting ready for a kayaking adventure; Fatima by Philippe Faucon, a drama about an immigrant from Morocco who barely speaks French and raises two teenage daughters in Lyon; and the children’s film Yellowbird (Gus – Petit oiseau, grand voyage) by Christian De Vita, about a heroic journey of an incredible yellowbird, from an orphan without a family that never leaves the nest, to the leader of a southbound flock.