4 October 2017,


4.10.2017. – For the third time, this year in October and November, in association with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the French Institute, a line-up of French films Rendez-vous au cinéma will be shown in independent Cinema Network cinemas. The programme opens on 15 October in 18 Croatian cinemas with Jean-Luc Godard’s drama Contempt starring Brigitte Bardot, and other four brilliant French animated films, comedies and documentaries will be screened by 15 November on 24 big screens across the country.

Apart from opening the third Rendez-vous au cinéma with a screening of Godard, this event also celebrates another date important for cinemas – 15 October is the European Art House Cinema Day, and over 400 of them will host special events to celebrate the occasion, thus paying tribute to the diversity of European cinema and culture. All the details are available on this link.

This successful collaboration with the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and Cinema Network has also been acknowledged by the French Institute in Croatia: “Rendez-vous au cinéma makes it possible for us to share our unique love of film and values fostered by independent cinemas with a large number of people. This year’s line-up is based on the richness and complexity of love,” says the Institute.

In addition to Contempt, 24 cinemas across the country will screen other four magnificent French films by 15 November. The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi at l’Oiseau, 1952) by Paul Grimault is a classic French animation based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, one of those works of art whose imagination equally enthrals both children and adults. The original score was composed by Wojcieh Kilar, to the lyrics by Jacques Prévert.

The Invisible Ones (Les Invisibles, 2012) by Sébastien Lifshitz are a group of men and women born in the interwar period. They have nothing in common besides their homosexuality and the decision to speak up about it at a time when this was in no way acceptable. An award-winning documentary film about people who opted for love and freedom despite the circumstances.

A humour drama In Bed with Victoria directed by Justine Triet was screened at the International Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2016 and actress Virginie Efira won the Magritte Award at a film festival in Belgium for her portrayal of a divorced mother of two and a lawyer.

The romantic drama Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse, 2011) was directed by one of the currently most prominent young French directors and screenwriters Mia Hansen-Løve and inspired by her personal failure in love. In 2011 the film was screened in competition of the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, where it won the jury special mention.

The month of French films, Rendez-vous au cinéma, takes place at 24 independent cinemas across the Cinema Network.

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