The Ciné O'Clock British and Irish Film Festival in Villeurbanne will be presenting its 27th edition from 22-26 February. There are some great previews of upcoming releases.
Another Oscar nominee is Colin O'Farrell, for Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin (the most nominated film this year). If you haven't caught it yet, it's a macabre tale of male friendship set on a remote island during the Irish Civil War.
Yet another Oscar nomination is for An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), the first Irish-language film nominated for the foreign-language award. This is a great chance to see it before its release on 23 April. It is the story of a nine-year-old girl sent to spend the summer with distant relatives, a respite from her chaotic home life.
The Lost King, directed by Stephen Frears, is the based on the true story of an archaeologist who discovered the body of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester in 2012. But that doesn't cover the strangeness of a script where Sally Hawkins as the archaeologist has long conversations with King Richard. It's set for release on 29 March.
Already on general release is The Amazing Maurice, an animated adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel in which Maurice the cat "miraculously" saves towns from sudden rat invasions.
And one to catch up on: White Riot is a documentary about Rock Against Racism, which fought against the National Front and racism in 1970s Britain with punk, rock and reggae music.
There are five films on offer for schools showings from 21 to 28 February. There is Rocks by Sarah Gavron, The Duke by Roger Michell, Ali and Ava by Clio Barnard, Kenneth Branagh's Belfast and Olivier Hermanus's Living, for which Bill Nighy is nominated for Best Actor Oscar.
22-26 February 2023
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