French film is the most popular foreign film in Israel after English-language film, consistently drawing the largest number of viewers, with a larger number of films being brought to Israel from France than from any other country.
Every year, the the Jerusalem Cinematheque hosts the French Film Festival sponsored by the French Embassy’s cultural department, and 2017 will mark the 14th edition of the festival.
The story of Cuban-born Rafael Padilla, who, under the stage name Chocolat, became the black artist to achieve major success in France. The film follows his meteoric rise and subsequent toll the trappings of fame, gambling and discrimination took on his career.
Un + Une
Renowned director joins the festival for a screening of his latest film Une + Une, a drama about a famous film score composer who travels to India to write the score for the Indian version of Romeo & Juliet and becomes entangled in a love affair with the French Ambassador’s wife.
La tête haute
A young, troubled teenager has trouble curbing his self-destructive side, and the only one willing to give him a chance is a correctional judge.
Romance, politics and betrayal collide in this story of a French police officer tasked with infiltrating and destroying an anarchist group. However, an affair with the group leader’s wife makes him question his principles.