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A revival of French cinema imbued with prestige

The eighth edition of the France Odeon French Film Festival in Florence dedicated to the best film productions across the Alps opens on Friday 28 October. A rich edition of news and events which, for the first time, is housed at La Compagnia, the brand new cinema venue in Tuscany.

The core of France Odeon listings is a selection of films that have never been screened before in Italy. Exclusive showings have placed Florence on the map when it comes to French cinema, thanks to titles such as Mal de pierres – starring Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel – and Souvenir, with a wonderful Isabelle Huppert. The guest of honour during the four-day event is the French leading actor Gérard Depardieu, who will be attending the Tour de France premiere at the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol. The film, starring young rapper Sadek, tells of a journey to the south of France that turns into an opportunity to approach and confront the two souls of the country, the old and traditionalist against the new and rebellious.

One of the novelties in 2016 is the women’s short films section, including a range of multicultural young talents from Afghanistan, Cameroon and Senegal. The jury – chaired by actress Margherita Buy – will be awarding the Foglia d’Oro Award for the best film in this category. For the fourth consecutive year, France Odeon and Salvatore Ferragamo Parfums will be awarding a collective prize, L’essenza del talento, and are presenting an exclusive and personalised edition of the perfume Signorina Eau de Parfum, created especially for the occasion.

The coveted award this year goes to talented Jenna Thiam, lead actress in the film L’Indomptée by Caroline Deruas, and known to the public for her role as Lena in the TV series The Revenants.