The University of Hull’s Middleton Hall is one of thirty-four cinemas across the UK hosting the French Film Festival UK, as the event celebrates its Silver Jubilee Edition.
French Film maker Yannik Raualt will attend the festival and four official selections of French Film Festival UK will be screened, including The Workshop by Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning writer-director Laurent Cantet, a portrait of multicultural tensions in contemporary France. The festival will begin with Abrahadabra, which will be introduced by its maker, Yannik Ruault.
Yannik Ruault said ‘I am delighted to be bringing Abrahadabra to the University of Hull as part of the French Film Festival. This is a film in which I try to blend photography, poetry, and my interest in the natural world, using a mix of camera and tablet shooting. I am excited to have the chance to introduce this very personal film to an audience.’
Director of French Film Festival UK, Richard Mowe, said ‘The Festival was started thanks to European funding during the UK's Presidency of the EC and when Glasgow was European City of Culture. It is fitting that for its 25th anniversary the Festival visits Hull as part of its year as UK City of Culture. In these uncertain times it is more important than ever to nurture such cultural events, leading to closer harmony and an appreciation as well as a deeper understanding of our European neighbours, sentiments that find voice in the themes of many of the films on offer.’
Adult tickets are £6 per screening, with concessions available for students and seniors. Day passes are also available for £10, with concessions available..
Sunday 19 November:
Abrahadabra (Ruault, 2017), 2pm. 72 mins. The sudden death of her father in a terrorist attack plunges a young woman into a waking dream. Featuring a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Yannik Ruault.
Aurore (Lenoir, 2016), 4.30pm. 89 mins. Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job, and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. What if now was the time to start over?
Sunday 26 November:
Before Summer Ends (Goormaghtigh, 2017), 2pm. 80 mins. After five years in Paris, Arash has decided to return home to Iran, but his fellow Iranian natives Hossein and Ashkan convince him to take one last trip through the South of France.
The Workshop (Cantet, 2016), 4pm. 113 mins. ‘A stunningly authentic portrait of French youth today; their class, racial and occupational concerns.’ Variety
This event is supported by BFI Film Hub North and Hull2017, as part of season 4 of Hull UK City of Culture, ‘Tell the World.’