Helvetia French Film Festival returns – rts.ch

From September 14 to 18, the Helvetia French Film Festival offers around fifty films in Bienne. A dozen guests will be present, such as the French actors Clovis Cornillac or Elsa Zylberstein.

Making French and Francophone cinema travel in German-speaking Switzerland: this is the mission of the Helvetia French Film Festival (FFFH), which premieres its 18th edition today in Biel and seems to escape the difficulties currently facing the film industry. .

The director and co-founder of the festival Christian Kellenberger, guest of the Brazil program, does not hide his enthusiasm: “We have very good films, we have very nice guests. The rooms are filling up very quickly. Very honestly, it is very nice, in Biel!”

On the occasion of this 2022 edition, the Francophone director Lionel Baier will once again present “The drift of the continents (in the South)”, the third part of his European tetralogy, linked to the four cardinal points. Clovis Cornillac will defend his film “Colors of Fire” directed by Fanny Ardant, Léa Drucker, Benoît Poelvoorde and himself.

At FFFH, Elsa Zylberstein will accompany Olivier Dahan’s “Simone Veil – Le voyage du siècle”, where she plays Simone Veil. Invited to the festival on numerous occasions, the Waldensian actor Kacey Mottet Klein will come to present “Last Dance” by Delphine Lehericey and “Tempête” by Christian Duguay.

We must stop watching movies on one screen, and rediscover the joy of sharing movies on a large scale, with many people.

Christian Kellenberger, director of the FFFH

in grand premiere

Among the fifty works in French, moviegoers will also be able to discover the premiere of the film “16 years” by Philippe Lioret, which narrates the love affairs of adolescents from different social classes, or “Citoyen d’honneur” by Mohamed Hamidi, with Kad Merad, in the role of a prestigious writer.

Festival goers will also be able to see “Kompromat,” which is set in Russia and follows the misadventure of a French expatriate, played by Gilles Lellouche, who is the victim of compromising forged documents used by Russian secret services.

In 2021, the FFFH had welcomed 13,000 people despite the health certificate. After two consecutive cancellations due to Covid, the Off festival returns. The event offers the public the opportunity to discover for free behind the scenes of cinema, such as makeup, music or dubbing.

“The most important thing is to be locally based, explains festival director Christian Kellenberger. The second point is to have great films and the presence of prestigious guests. The human aspect is necessarily very important. We must stop watching movies on a screen, but rediscover the joy of sharing movies on a large scale, with many people.”

Radio subject: Philippe Congiusti


the Helvetia French Film Festival will be held from September 14 to 18 in Biel.

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