After the Danish Nicolas Winding Refn and the Argentine Pablo Trapero, it is now Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s turn to preside over the Filmmakers’ Jury of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online French film festival created by UniFrance.
“French cinema is a point of reference for filmmakers around the world,” Sorrentino said. “It has always stood out for its capacity to experiment and renew itself, and for the support the industry gives to the work of auteurs. I love French films, in particular those of François Truffaut: his idea of cinema has been a constant source of inspiration for me.”
Sorrentino is convinced that we must always approach this work with the knowledge that “to make a film is to improve upon life, to arrange it to suit oneself, to prolong the games of childhood.” He explained, “It is with this conviction in mind that I am delighted to head the jury for this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival. It is an opportunity to discover, and help others discover, new filmmakers thanks to tools for watching films that new technology now offers us.”
In 2001, Sorrentino made his first film “One Man Up,” which starred Toni Servillo, who would become his favorite actor. This debut was followed by six films, namely “The Consequences of Love,” “The Family Friend,” “Il Divo,” “This Must Be The Place” and “The Great Beauty and Youth,” all presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Italian director’s last project was the series “The Young Pope” with Jude Law for HBO. His next film, a biopic about Silvio Berlusconi, played by Servillo, will be released in summer 2018.
A festival accessible to everyone, in all places, everywhere in the world, MyFrenchFilmFestival can be accessed on almost 50 partner VoD platforms all over the world, including worldwide platforms such as iTunes in more than 90 territories, but also Google Play, MUBI, Dailymotion, YouTube, Facebook and more.
The festival is also available on local platforms, such as Curzon Home Cinema (United Kingdom), Filmin and Movistar+ (Spain), Orange (Romania), Ivi and Megogo (Russia), ONET and TVP (Poland), MyMovies (Italy), Cable TV VOD (South Korea) and Qubit (Latin America).
Initiated in 2017, the partnership with American cable operators now includes operators INDEMAND and Vubiquity. The MyFrenchFilmFestival.com platform is adapted to all media devices (computers, tablets and smartphones).
The short films are free of charge all over the world, while there is a viewing fee for the feature films (€1.99 per film or €7.99 per pack), except in Africa, Latin America, India, South Korea, Poland, Romania and Russia, where the festival is entirely free. On January 9, 2018, Isabelle Giordano and Serge Toubiana announced in Paris, France that Sorrentino will be accompanied by French directors Julia Ducournau and Kim Chapiron, French-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch and Filipino director Brillante Mendoza.