A total of five titles have been recognized as the best of the current batch of French and Francophone cinema
The French and French-speaking film festival concluded on February 13 MyFrenchFilmFestivalan annual and online appointment to show the best of a cinematography that every year surpasses itself in quality, diversity and maturity of the narrated content.
2023 has not been an exception. In total, 29 films (16 directed by women) and short films organized by different genres and themes have passed through the MyFrenchFilmFestival program, from the social documentary by director Alice Diop We to the generational portrait of I don’t give a fuckstarring one of the best actresses on the current international scene, Adéle Exarchopoulos.
The latter, precisely, has risen with the Grand Prix of the festivalawarded by the International Jury made up of Emily Atef, Chie Hayakawa, Sergei Loznitsa, Juho Kuosmanen and Albert Serra. I don’t give a fuckdirected by the duo formed by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre, has been recognized “for her unique and modern take on the life of a low-cost flight attendant trying to escape her daily life. (…) With their powerful artistic choices and bold, raw cinematography, both filmmakers depict a modern malady: the need to leave the surface and the mirage that results from it. This reward is accompanied by an endowment of €15,000 for the directors, producers and the international distributor of the footage.”
Likewise, the International Press Jury, made up of Foteini Alevra (Athens Voice / Greece), Émilie Gambade (Maverick Life / South Africa), Kong Rithdee (The Bangkok Post / Thailand), Marcelo Stiletano (The nation / Argentina), Aramide Tinubu (freelance journalist / USA), Larisa Turea (tympul / Moldova), and Albert Zagt (freelance journalist / Netherlands), wanted to award the following prizes to two titles: the short Pigeonby Hugo Bardin (“Surprising love story between two audacious characters”) and the film The Magnetics by Vincent Maël Cardona (the director describes the frustrations, anger and hopes of a youth: a true declaration of love for the 80s).
The public has also offered their vote and two works of deep emotional depth have been awarded: the short film cataract by Faustine Crespy and Laetitia Montalembert and the long The World After Usby Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas.
MyFrenchFilmFestival says goodbye for another year as a benchmark for French and Francophone cinema, hoping that the coming harvest will be of even higher quality. So that we can all continue enjoying what we like the most: cinema.