by Greta Yeoman
The Timaru French Film Festival is running until Sunday.
The fortnight-long festival is being held at MovieMax in Timaru.
Today’s films include an 11am screening of Guy, about a young journalist who discovers he is the illegitimate son of Guy Jamet, an ageing French pop singer.
In Your Hands, which will screen at 6pm, follows Matthieu, who, in the commotion of a Paris train station, begins to play a piano, much to the amazement of music academy director Pierre Geithner.
But the young man from a modest family dismisses the musical master – for now.
That will be followed by R16-rated Girl at 8.10pm – which follows 15-year-old Lara who gets accepted into a ballet academy.
However, there is one problem for Lara: she was born a boy.
Claire Darling, which screens at 11am tomorrow, features Catherine Deneuve as reclusive millionaire Claire, who impulsively decides to sell all her worldly objects out on the front lawn of her mansion.
But soon, her long-estranged daughter Marie (played by Deneuve’s real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni) arrives, determined to stop these proceedings by any means.
Saturday’s screenings include The Sisters Brothers, set in 1851, in which notorious assassin brothers Charlie and Eli Sisters hunt for a pair of men.
While most of the festival’s films are in French with English subtitles, The Sisters Brothers(rated R13) is entirely in English.
Animated family film Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion, which has its second festival screening on Sunday morning, features the familiar comic book characters Asterix and Obelix.
It is followed by the festival’s final screening in Timaru of In Safe Hands (rating TBC), at 6.40pm on Sunday.
It is about a baby given up for adoption at birth in France, where by law a mother can reverse her decision within the first 60 days of her child’s life. The child’s adoptive mother, Alice (played by Elodie Bouchez), has been trying to adopt a child for close to 10 years.