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Cecilia Crespo

French cinema has a strong following in Cuba and this years French Film Festival begins Friday in Havana with 19 full-length features and two programs of short films scheduled.

The official opening takes place at the Charles Chaplin Theater in the capital and the festival will extend over the next seven weeks to some 40 theaters throughout the country.

The tenth edition of the festival is a banquet of French delights that run from romantic comedies to animated films with some of the most important productions of last year.

The Festival opens with the film París, je taime (Paris, I love you), in which several directors "including the well known actor Gerard Depardieu, the famous US brother-filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen, and Brazilian Walter Salles" take on a common theme, the love that emanates from every corner of the French capital.

An important delegation of French filmmakers will join the Cuban audience at the festival. These include Tristan Carne, screenwriter of Paris, I Love You; director Kim Chapiron who brings her film Satan; and also directors Philippe Faucon (The Betrayal); Steve Suissa (The Grand Role) and Laurent Cantet (Heading South).

In Havana, the festival will be showing at the Chaplin, Yara, Payret and Glauber Rocha Theaters.


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