At the Créteil International Women's Film Festival, queens of cinema and “queer queens”


We must savor every good news, in these fragile and uncertain times. No doubt this bias inspired the program for the 46th edition of the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival (FIFF), which takes place until March 24, a number of directors, actresses, and other professionals from the cinema having shone with their successes in recent months.

Guest of honor, Léa Drucker, the troubled lawyer and lover of Last Summer (2023), by Catherine Breillat, in competition at Cannes, takes a “self-portrait” on Saturday March 16, during a special day dedicated to her; for their part, Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, the happy producers of Anatomy of a Fall , by Justine Triet, will once again recount the journey of this multi-awarded thriller, from the Palme d’Or to the Oscar for best screenplay original, Sunday March 10.

Justine Triet never fails to salute the memory of the filmmaker and friend Sophie Fillières, who died on July 31, 2023, at the age of 58, who appeared in the casting of Anatomie … and Victori a (2016). A tribute evening to the director of La Belle et la belle (2017) will take place on Monday March 18, in the presence of her daughter, actress Agathe Bonitzer.

Rebound of French #metoo

The festival poster lives up to this exciting year, also under the sign of sport – a nod to the Olympic Games and also because “being a female director is a combat sport” , explains the editorial in its editorial. founder of FIFF, Jacky Buet. At the seaside, reflecting the azure sky, a woman in a leotard jumps brandishing a camera object (pink). Title of the poster: Olympe moves, in homage to the author of the Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens, Olympe de Gouges , who died guillotined on November 3, 1793, whose entry into the Pantheon is strongly hoped for by a collective of historians and intellectuals.

The programmers of the FIFF in Créteil did not – necessarily – expect a rebound in the French #metoo with, among other things, the speaking out of Judith Godrèche, who filed a complaint against the directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon, in particular for rape of a minor aged 15 by a person in authority. Another personality who broke the wall of silence will mark the day of Tuesday March 19, Vanessa Springora, who recounted in Le Consentement (Grasset, 2020) her relationship under influence with the writer Gabriel Matzneff, when she was a teenager, in the middle of 1980s, will speak during a round table on the cinema adaptation of his work which inspired the film of the same name, released in 2023, by Vanessa Filho.

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