FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA | An Exciting Lineup of Cutting-Edge Filmmaking in Greenwich


Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Focus on French Cinema (FFC),​ the annual ​Francophone festival of the ​Alliance Française of Greenwich​ for new cutting-edge cinema across the French-speaking world returns to Connecticut and Manhattan for a five-day festival from April 26- April 30, 2019, with an exciting lineup of 17 feature-length films including 12 U.S. Premieres. Selections consist of a diverse slate of newly-released feature-length films. From literary and artistic capers to terrifying thrillers, war dramas, historical documentaries, family films, biographies, and LOL comedies.

In- person appearances, in alphabetical order, include​ Nathan Ambrosioni, Jean-Carl Boucher, Romane Bohringer, Guilhem Caillard, Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Guillaume Gouix, Sophie Picciotto, Philippe Rebbot.

The 15th​ edition honors veteran stars and directors as well as emerging actors with a focus on new young writers/directors such as 19-year old first-time feature director-screenwriter, ​Nathan Ambrosioni, ​who is sometimes referred to as the “Xavier Dolan” of France. Ambrosioni wrote the script of ​Paper Flags​ while in 12th grade.

Events ​during the festival include a ​Gala Opening Night in Greenwich, CT on Friday, April 26 with the fest’s new FFC Opening Night Partner – The Greenwich Arts Council​ prior to the U.S. Premiere screening of The Mystery of Henri Pick (Le Mystère Henri Pick) at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Greenwich.

Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and L’Académie Culinaire de France return to FFC celebrating the best of francophone cuisine for the Opening Night Party. VIP guests will also enjoy a “​Look Back at 15 Years of​ ​FFC”​ exhibition of posters from favorite films from 2005-2018.

New this year at the festival is the  Meet the Directors Breakfast, which takes place on Saturday, April 27 at 11 am at the Bow Tie Cinemas.

Additional screenings and parties include the April 29 Avon Theatre Film Center screening and party and the Closing Night Film and Gala on April 30 at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in Manhattan.


Le Mystère Henri Pick – The Mystery of Henri Pick

Friday, April 26 – 11 am and Friday, April 26 – 8 pm
Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT

Genre: ​Comedy
Director: ​Rémy Bezançon
Screenplay: ​Vanessa Portal, Rémy Bezançon
Starring: ​Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz, Bastien Bouillon
Length: ​100 min
Countries: ​France
Distributor: ​Gaumont

Plot Summary

In a strange library in the heart of Brittany, a young editor finds an extraordinary manuscript. She immediately decides to publish it. The novel becomes a bestseller. But the author, Henri Pick, a Breton pizza chef who died two years earlier, “never wrote anything besides a grocery list”, according to his widow. Suspecting a literary hoax, a famed critic decides to investigate, with the unexpected help of the daughter of the mysterious Henri Pick.

Tickets and Program for the festival are available here
Images Courtesy of Focus on French Cinema