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London's Favourite French Film 2007 - The Results

By Julia Chevreton


were proud to present:

To celebrate the enduring and indeed growing popularity of French cinema, the French Institute and joined forces to find out which French film, released in the last five years, was London’s favourite.
With the help of a panel of experts 100 French films were carefully selected and more than 2000 people voted online on between 4th June and 31st July 2007.

You could find below some quotes by voters collected on the’s website:
“It made me realise how many great films I hadn’t seen!”
“Still too few cinemas in London to see French films!”
“French cinema is always on a different level to the rest of the world!”
“French cinema always gives me such enormous pleasure”

The Gala Evening
The results were revealed during a Gala award ceremony held on 13th September at Ciné Lumière. Nearly 300 people attend the evening.  which started with a champagne reception and was promptly followed by the announcement of results by Patricia Connell, the’s managing director and Paul Ryan.  Our two hosts certainly entertained the audience and congratulated the winners. John Fletcher, MD of Pathé UK received the first Prize for the Chorus and Timothy Burrill, who co-produced of La vie en Rose, picked up the second prize.
Prize winners who had taken part in the vote, were also there to collect their prizes.

After the awards, the film The Singer with Gerard Depardieu and Cecile de France was shown and the evening was rounded off with a party in the salons of the French Institute.

The Results:
1    The Chorus (Les Choristes)       
2    La Vie en Rose (La Môme)       
3    Belleville Rendez-vous (Les Triplettes de Belleville)       
4    Tell no one (Ne le dis à personne)       
5    Hidden (Caché)       
6    The Beat That My Heart Skipped (De battre, mon coeur s’est arrêté)       
7    A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de fiançailles)       
8    March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’Empereur(       
9    8 Women (8 Femmes)      
10  Pot Luck (L’Auberge Espagnole)    

1st place: The Chorus (Les Choristes):
Director: Christophe Barratier
Cast: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier
Production year: 2004
Synopsis: Set in 1948, music professor Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school that rehabilitates troublesome little boys. What he discovers disconcerts him: the children are repressed and unhappy. Through the power of song, Clement strives to transform the students. Though at first they are unwilling, the classroom is soon animated with lively and enthusiastic voices. But Clement will find himself under fire from the traditionalist attitudes of the teaching staff around him, who believe that enjoyment has no place within their educational institution.

John Fletcher, Pathé UK’s MD was present to receive his award.
The Chorus was the movie shown on preview screening during the first edition of London’s Favourite French Film in 2005.

2nd place: La Vie en Rose (La Môme):
Director: Olivier Dahan
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud
Production year: 2006
Synopsis: From the streets of the cutthroat Belleville district of Paris to the dazzling limelight of New York's most glamorous concert halls, Edith Piaf's life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love. Raised in abject poverty, surrounded by hookers and pimps, Edith's magical voice made her a star on both sides of the Atlantic. Her passionate romances and friendships with some of the greatest names of the period - Yves Montand, Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich and boxing world champion Marcel Cerdan - made her a household name, as did her memorable live performances and beautiful renditions of songs that were listened to by audiences across the globe: La Vie en Rose, Hymn To Love, Non Je ne Regrette Rien and many more. But despite her determination to deny her tragic destiny, the "Little Sparrow” as she was known flew so high that she could not fail to burn her wings.

Timothy Burrill, La Vie En Rose’s co-producer was present to receive his award.

3rd place: Belleville Rendez-vous (Les Triplettes de Belleville):  
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas
Production year: 2002
Synopsis: Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that the lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race the Tour de France. However during this cycling contest, two mysterious men in black kidnap Champion. Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to a giant megalopolis called Belleville where they encounter the renowned Triplets of Belleville, three eccentric female music-hall stars from the '30s who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing. Thanks to Bruno's brilliant sense of smell, the brave duo are soon on to Champion's trail. But will they succeed in beating the devilish plans of the evil French mafia?

Everyone who voted online were also entered into a free prize draw and the prizes were:
·    One week for 2 in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival
·    A 4-day break in a lavish Paris Apartment in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés
·    A weekend for 2 offered by l’Hotel du vin
·    4 Ciné Lumière film Passes
·    25 DVDs of various French Films

Preview Screening:
Finally, the audience attended the preview screening of “The Singer”, one of the 2006 French box-office success, starring Gérard Depardieu and Cécile de France.

The Singer (Quand j’étais chanteur):
Theatrical released date: 28 Septembre 2007
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Cécile de France, Matthieu Almaric
Production year: 2006
Certificate: 15
Synopsis: Marion has arrived in a new toan, with a new job and fresh from a messy divorce. On the outside she looks strong and even, but on the inside she is crumbling. Alain is a ballroom singer, he is past his best, overweight and out of style. He is also double Marion's age. But when the two meet there is a chemistry which pulls them apart as much as it pulls them together. Are either of them strong enought to admit their weaknesses...

The evening ended with a private reception in Les Salons at the Institut français.


21/02/2012 - george said :

Courtney! Somehow, the whole using metal dtecteors on the beach thing reminds me of The Adventures of Pete and Pete where their mom has a metal plate in her head, and that's how she met their father, when he was using a metal detector on the beach and found her.

15/10/2008 - s.pollock-hill said :

Et "Un homme et Une femme" de Claude Lelouch? LA PALME D'oR A C


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