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A showcase of some of the best contemporary French and French speaking cinema comes to Tyneside Cinema starting Saturday 21st November, with seven films on show and screenings continuing on various evenings through into December. It’s sure to be a successful return, as we say bienvenue to the 23rd edition of the French Film Festival UK.

With screenings in cities all over the UK, Newcastle can feel proud to have such a stellar line-up of cinema for all Francophiles.

The festival starts with Family For Rent on Saturday 21st November, a brilliant French Comedy, which is followed by a Q&A from the film’s director Jean-Pierre Améris. There’s something a bit different on Tuesday 24th November, Standing Tall shows us an adolescence which is soured by violence, through a gritty but compassionate lens. Next up, it’s The Night Watchman on Wednesday 25th November and a chance to follow the story of Franck, a solitary drinker and night shift guard of a discount superstore on the outskirts of Paris, whose colleagues are planning to heist the very place he’s guarding.

There’s a change of pace at the mid-point of the festival, as Benoit Jacquot’s adaptation of 19th Century novel Diary Of A Chambermaid gets a screening on Sunday 29th November, it follows the character of Celestine, with her role as the eponymous chambermaid proving not all she hoped it would be. A welcome distraction comes in the form of strong, silent gardener Mr Joseph, as her fantasies are set wild.

Then we’re back to the modern day on Monday 30th November with director Michel Gondry’s semi-autobiographical comedy centred on two teenage misfits, which also features French cinema icon Audrey Tatou. Microbe & Gasoline could prove to be a real stand-out film. Penultimate film In The Shadow Of Women is shown on Monday 7th December, with an intimate look at infidelity and the way both men and women deal with it, through the eyes of a married couple.

The festival comes to a close with Luc Besson’s breathtaking classic The Big Blue. With Jean-Marc Barr and Jean Reno as boyhood friends with a passion for free diving, danger and possible death, the 1988 film was a breakout success for both actors and director Besson. The cult film seems the perfect way to bring the Newcastle leg of 2015’s edition of the French Film Festival UK to a close.

The 23rd edition of the French Film Festival comes to Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle with the first film Family For Rent on Saturday 21st November

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