French Film Festival arrives Faro and lakes

There are many movies to watch, at different times and for different ages.

Simone – The Journey of the Century by Olivier Dahan

The French Film Festival comes to Faro and Lagos, from the 15th to the 20th of November, bringing the best of French-speaking cinema to Algarve spectators.

The French Film Festival is back on the big screen, after two last editions made under strict conditions, for its 23rd edition. Until the 20th of November, the Festival presents more than 80 films, programmed in different sections, and travels through 10 Portuguese cities: Lisbon, Almada, Oeiras, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, Viseu, Faro, Lagos and Funchal.

Em Faro, the Festival takes place at Cinema NOS Algarve, with an extensive program that covers the different sections of the Festival: previews (films that will soon premiere in Portuguese cinemas), Unreleased Films (whose screening in theaters is not yet guaranteed in our country ), Segunda Chance (films that have already been in Portuguese cinemas and can now be reviewed), Cinema à Mesa (a tribute to films about gastronomy) and CineJovem (for the younger ones).


Waiting for Bojangles by Regis Roinsard


On the 17th, at 19:00, the film is shown Simone – The Journey of the Century by Olivier Dahan, on the history of French politics Simone Veil, who shook his time for defending a humanist message of overwhelming relevance.

The following day, the public will be able to review two films that have already premiered in Portuguese theaters as Goliath by Frédéric Tellier and Notre Dame on Fire by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

On Saturday, November 19, titles that belong to the unpublished section are shown, such as Madeleine Collins by Antoine Barraud, a work about Judith, a woman who maintains a double life between Switzerland and France, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2021; and Waiting for Bojangles by Regis Roinsard with Virginie Efira, Romain Duris and Grégory Gadebois.

On Sunday it is shown Delicioso, a period film that takes place at the dawn of the French Revolution and is part of the Cinema à Mesa section.

In addition to these works, several feature films will be presented on the CineJovem programme, with children and families in mind. On the 17th of November, are shown My Summer in Provence by Christophe Barratier, an adaptation of the work “Tempo dos Segredos” (third volume of “Memories of Childhood”) by French writer Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) and Fahim, a film about a boy from Bangladesh, who moves to France and whose only option is to become a chess champion in the new country in order to obtain political asylum, and which features Gérard Depardieu.


The Boy Nicholas - Happiness Can't Wait


The following day, one of the highlights of the CineJovem program is shown: The Boy Nicholas - Happiness Can't Wait, which won the Best Film Award at the Annecy Film Festival 2022, the largest animated film festival in the world.

The film is a delightful story about the creators of the iconic character The Boy Nicholas, namely the illustrators Jean-Jacques Sempé, who died last August, and René Goscinny. As her narrative progresses, the little character enters the creators' studio, questioning them with great humor.

Later, and also in animation, it is displayed Lia's Adventures, about a shrewd young orphan, who lives on the streets of the City of Mist and who, in the company of her three pet weasels, will live a series of adventures.

Finally, on the last day of the Feast in Faro, the public can see Goodbye Mr Haffmann, made in 2022 by Fred Cavayé, which addresses the persecution of the Jewish people in Paris in the 40s of the last century.

In Lagos, the Festival takes place from the 15th to the 19th of November, at the Municipal Library, with four free sessions and four films: Madeleine Collins, What Unites Us, The Test e Waiting for Bojangles.

The French Film Festival is part of the Portugal-France 2022 Season, an initiative that aims to strengthen ties between the two countries and which has various cultural activities.


The Boy Nicholas - Happiness Can't Wait



15 November, 21:00 – MUNICIPAL LIBRARY, LAGOS

November 19, 19:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

Antoine Barraud | 2021 | 107′ | Drama
With Virginie Efira, Bruno Salomone, Quim Gutierrez

Judith maintains a double life between Switzerland and France. With Abdel, she raises a girl; with Melvil, she has two boys. Gradually, the veneer of lies and secrets begins to crack. Cornered, Judith chooses to escape, starting a dizzying climb.

16 November, 21:00 – MUNICIPAL LIBRARY, LAGOS

WHAT BRINGS US TOGETHER (Presque) – Second Chance
Bernard Campan, Alexandre Jollien | 2022 | 91′ | Drama, Comedy
With Bernard Campan, Alexandre Jollien, Tiphaine Daviot

Two men hit the road from Lausanne to the south of France in a hearse. The two barely know each other and have very little in common. Or at least that's what they believe...

17 November, 21:00 – MUNICIPAL LIBRARY, LAGOS

THE TEST (Le Test) – Second Chance
Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud I 2021 I 85′ I Comedy
With Alexandra Lamy, Philippe Katerine, Matteo Perez

Annie lives in complete harmony with her husband Laurent and their children: the eldest, Maximilien and César; Antoine, the youngest; and Poupi, the collaborative teenager. But one day, the discovery of a positive pregnancy test upsets the order…

November 17, 10:30 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO
MY SUMMER IN PROVENCE (Le Temps des secrets) – CineJovem
Christophe Barratier | 2022 |108′ | Family, Literary Adaptation
With Léo Campion, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Mélanie Doutey

Marseille, July 1905. Young Marcel Pagnol is about to enter the lycée. But first, he enjoys a long vacation in the hills of Aubagne and Allauch. There, he meets his friend Lili, with whom he shares new adventures and secrets. (Adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's Time of Secrets).

November 17, 10:30 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

FAHIM – CineJovem
Pierre-François Martin-Laval | 2019 | 108′ | Biography, Drama, Comedy
With Assad Ahmed, Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Nanty

Fahim, a chess ace from Bangladesh, leaves the country with his father for Paris. To obtain political asylum, the only option is to become champion of France.

November 17, 19:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

SIMONE – THE JOURNEY OF THE CENTURY (Simone, le voyage du siècle) – preview
Olivier Dahan | 2022 | 140′ | biopic
With Elsa Zylberstein, Rebecca Marder, Élodie Bouchez

Simone Veil's fate, her childhood, her political struggles, her tragedies. The epic and intimate portrait of a woman with an unusual path, who shook her time for defending a humanist message of impassioned current.

November 18, 10:30 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

THE BOY NICOLAUS – HAPPINESS CAN'T WAIT (Le Petit Nicolas – Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux) – CineJovem
Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre | 2022 | 82′ | Animation
With the voices of Laurent Lafitte, Alain Chabat, Simon Faliu

Leaning over a large blank sheet of paper, Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny bring little Nicolau to life. As the narrative progresses, Nicolau enters the workshop of his creators and hears from them about their journeys, their secrets, their childhoods and about this creative friendship…

November 18, 10:30 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

Julien Fournet | 2021 | 89′ | Animation, Adventure, Fantastic
With Kaycie Chase, Paul Borne, Julien Crampon

Lia, a young orphan, lives on the streets of Mist City and steals food from the castle of Prince Regent Tristan, who wants to take the throne. Lia then disguises herself as a princess and embarks on a delirious mission to rescue Roland, the heir to the throne, in the meantime transformed into a galigato, half chicken, half cat.

November 18, 19:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

GOLIAS (Goliath) – Preview
Frederic Tellier | 2022 | 121′ | Drama
With Gilles Lellouche, Pierre Niney, Emmanuelle Bercot

Patrick is an attorney specializing in environmental law. France is an activist who lost her husband to fatal exposure to a pesticide. Mathias is a lobbyist for a chemical company. These three paths collide as thousands of lives are affected by one tragic action.

November 18, 21:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

NOTRE DAME ON FIRE (Notre-Dame brûle)
Jean-Jacques Annaud I 2022 I 110′ I Drama
With Samuel Labarthe, Jean-Paul Bordes, Mickaël Chirinian

A film that reconstructs the incredible events of April 15, 2019, when the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris suffered the greatest disaster in its history. It is also an account of how men and women risked their lives in a heroic rescue.

November 19, 21:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

19 November, 21:00 – MUNICIPAL LIBRARY, LAGOS

WAITING FOR BOJANGLES (En Attendant Bojangles) – unreleased
Regis Roinsard | 2022 | 125′ | Dramatic comedy
With Virginie Efira, Romain Duris, Grégory Gadebois

Camille and Georges constantly dance to their favorite song, Mr Bojangles. Between the two, there is only fun, fantasy and friends. Until the day when the mother forces Georges and her son Gary to do everything to stop the inevitable, at any cost.

November 20, 17:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

GOODBYE MR HAFFMANN (Adieu Monsieur Haffmann) – CineYoung
Fred Cavaye | 2022 | 115′ | Drama, Historical
With Daniel Auteuil, Gilles Lellouche, Sara Giraudeau

Paris, 1942. François Mercier is a man who just aspires to start a family with Blanche. He is also an employee of the jeweler, Mr. Haffmann. Faced with the German occupation, the two men will have to conclude an agreement that will upset the fate of the three characters.

November 20, 19:00 pm – CINEMA NOS ALGARVE, FARO

DELICIOUS (Délicieux) – Cinema at the Table
Eric Besnard I 2021 I 112′ I Comedy, Historical
With Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré, Benjamin Lavernhe

At the dawn of the French Revolution, Pierre Manceron and Louise, his apprentice, will invent a place of pleasure and sharing open to all: the first restaurant. An idea that will bring them customers… and enemies.