Two things that the French do better than anyone else are food and films. Perhaps the easiest way to enjoy French cinema this year is to attend the 2nd ONLINE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, which is happening now through the 1st of February. Ten feature films and ten shorts are in competition. Viewers are invited to score all the films and leave comments on the website. Films with the highest scores will receive awards and be shown on all Air France flights.
I will watch them all.
The short I am most looking forward to is PETIT TAILLEUR, directed by actor Louis Garrel (THE DREAMERS, LA BELLE PERSONNE). The most interesting feature seems to be BELLE ÉPINE, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski. Both of these star Léa Seydoux, who got her start in MES COPINES with Soko, and was Gabrielle in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
NOTE: I was somewhat disappointed to see that the new Virginie Despentes film BYE BYE BLONDIE which is due to be released on 21 March in Europe, is not included in the festival. It did open the CHÉRIS CHÉRIS festival in Paris last year.
The festival is available in 14 languages: English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Spanish. The Korean and Chinese versions are available on KT and Youku, respectively.
Features rent for €1.99. Shorts for €0.99. Full access pack is €29.99. That makes this the cheapest film festival in the world.