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French Film Festival

Studiocanal has put together a great package of four of the best French films from their 2020 slate, which provides the perfect showcase for the reopening of the James Theatre after our eight month lockdown.
Encompassing drama, comedy romance & thriller, this exceptional package of French cinema will delight fans of upscale cinema and transport us to another place – particularly at a time when that’s the only way we can travel!
The James Theatre and Studiocanal are delighted to bring some of the best films from France to our audience, over the weekend of 14-15 November.
The screenings will be run in line with the latest public health requirements – more on that later when our safety plans have been reviewed by Council.
Tickets should be purchased online, at this link. To help us manage our COVID Safety Plan, we ask that you purchase tickets online, as only limited opportunities will be available to sell tickets at the door.

Saturday 14 November, 4 pm

Venice Calling (M)

A funny, touching and sweet adventure full of hope and heart
Stuck in the old family caravan with his erratic older brother and his whimsical parents, Emile struggles growing up in a life that is anything but normal. When Pauline, Emile’s high school crush, invites him to Venice to see her play in a concert, he is overjoyed but his father insists this is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to tag along. Bound for Venice, this dysfunctional group hits the road in the family caravan, setting out on an incredible coming-of-age journey full of hilarious and life changing adventures.
Director: Ivan Calbérac (The Student and Mister Henri)
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog, Sink Or Swim, Family For Rent); Valérie Bonneton (Summer Hours, Little White Lies, The Night Watchmen;) Eugène Marcuse (Savage).

Saturday 14 November, 7.30 pm

My Dog Stupid (M)

Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration who has published nothing worthy of note in years. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his wife and four grown up deadbeat kids, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers an unattractive, bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, and both start developing an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbours.
Director: Yvan Attal (My Wife Is an Actress, Le Brio)
Starring: Yvan Attal (My Wife Is an Actress, Seberg, Sweetheart). Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac).

Sunday 15 November, 11.00am

The Perfect Nanny (MA15+)

A subtle, evocative psychological thriller based on the best-selling novel, inspired by a true story
When mother of two, Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctancy, the couple decide to look for a new nanny. When they meet Louise, a poised, well-mannered 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with the family, they think they have found the perfect candidate. But as Louise makes herself indispensable to the family, she starts revealing her true self and her behaviour becomes more and more unsettling to those around her.
Director: Lucie Borleteau (Fidelio: Alice’s Journey)
Starring: Karin Viard (Jalouse, The Bélier Family, Polisse). Leïla Bekhti (A Prophet, Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct, Sink or Swim), Antoine Reinartz (120 BPM, Non-Fiction, Invisibles).

Sunday 15 November, 2.00 pm

Love at Second Sight (M)

What if you had a second chance to fall in love all over again?
Raphael seems to have it all – a thriving career and a happy marriage of ten years to his high school first love. After a huge argument between the couple, Raphael wakes up in a parallel life as an unmarried, ping pong playing, middle-school teacher who’s been glued to his childhood best friend for a little too long. Realizing Olivia was his everything, he must go above and beyond to win back the love of his life – in a world where she no longer knows him.
Director: Hugo Gélin (Two Is A Family)
Starring: François Civil (Back To Burgundy, Someone, Somewhere, As Above, So Below); Joséphine Japy (Breathe, My Way, The Monk); Benjamin Lavernhe (C’est La Vie!, The Odyssey, Elle L’Adore); Camille Lellouche (Planetarium, Grand Central, The Price Of Success).


November 2020

  • 14 Sat 4 pm
    Venice Calling (M)
  • 14 Sat 7.30 pm
    My Dog Stupid (M)
  • 15 Sun 11 am
    The Perfect Nanny (MA15+)
  • 15 Sun 2 pm
    Love at Second Sight (M)
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