The 2020 edition of the French Cinema Festival features premieres and a selection of French films that haven't yet been released in Portuguese commercial movie theatres. This event takes to the Invicta from 29th October to 4th November, at Teatro Rivoli and Cine Trindade. Besides Porto, the festival tours Lisbon, Coimbra and Almada.
The honoured figure at the festival is the French actress Delphine Seyrig, who won international recognition with her part in Alain Resnais's film "Last Year at Marienbad". The festival's programme features a retrospective of Seyrig's films, in partnership with the Cinemateca. The big screen will present "A Doll's House", by Joseph Losey, "baisers Volés", by François Truffaut, or "La Musica", by Marguerite Duras and Paul Seban. In addition to the films, the programme also features documentaries that she directed jointly with Carole Roussopoulos and Ioana Wieder, "As Três Portuguesas" (based on the Três Marias - Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta e Maria Velho da Costa).
A not to miss premiere is the film "Miss", by Portuguese French director Ruben Alves, well known for his box-office hit film "A Gaiola Dourada ", aka "The Gilded Cage" (La Cage Dorée), a French-Portuguese comedy film released in 2013. It won the "People's Choice Award" at the 26th European Film Awards. There is also a period movie - "De Gaulle" - directed by Gabriel Le Bomin.
The festival is organised in two sections, the "First Chance" that features French films that have not been yet released in Portuguese movie theatres, and a "Second Chance", with films that debuted in 2020 and whose screening was interrupted by the pandemic. This is the last opportunity to see films such as Portrait of a Lady on Fire, by Céline Sciamma; les Misérables, by Ladj Ly; or J'Accuse, by Roman Polanski.
The French Film festival is organised by ACID - Association du Cinema Indépendant pour sa Diffusion, the Institut Français du Portugal, and the French Embassy in Portugal; as well as the support of SERENA Productions, in partnership with Alliance Française do Porto, Porto City Hall and Rivoli.