Le Festival de Cannes which was called until 2002 Le Festival International du Film drew, yet again, lots of stars who climbed the famous stairs ( les marches ) on the red carpet ( le tapis rouge).
The festival started in 1946 and La Palme d’Or was introduced in 1955. The design is taken from Cannes coat of arms ( les armoiries )

and is also a reminder of the palm trees ( les palmiers sur la Croisette ) where all the starlets ( les starlettes ) congregate in the hope of finding fame!

Several French films or French Canadian were in the competition this year with great casts ( la distribution), like Ma loute by Bruno Dumont with Fabrice Luchini and Juliette Binoche, Juste la fin du monde by Xavier Dolan ( French Canadian) with Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel, and one of the last films which was shown was Elle by Paul Verhoeven with Isabelle Huppert. Michèle, played by Isabelle Huppert, is a strong minded career woman ( une femme d’affaires inflexible) who is attacked at home ( agressée chez elle), this event changes her life ( cet évènement fait basculer sa vie), here is the trailer ( la bande annonce):

Our cineclubs with Alliance Française de Bristol et Bath will resume in October 2016 but in the meantime you can join one of our French intensive classes. For more info…