This year, the Arava Film Festival, in collaboration with the French Institute and as a part of the “France-Israel 2018 season”, is hosting a tribute to French cinema past and present. Recent films include Jacques Audiard’s French-produced Western, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, shot in Spain and Romania with American actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jack Gylenhaal, which recently won the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival. Another film from this year’s crop is “A faithful Man”, Louis Garrel's second feature as a director, in which he plays the lead alongside his real-life partner, Laetitia Casta. Both are expected at the festival, to present the film which earlier this fall won the Best Script award in San Sebastian.
The Another award-winning French film, "C'est ça l'amour" (Real Love) by young filmmaker Claire Burger, was awarded the Best Film prize in the "Venice Days" section of the Venice Film Festival. "Le Journal de ma tête" ("Diary of my mind") is a French-speaking Swiss film directed by Ursula Meyer and starring Fanny Ardant as a teacher devastated by a terrible crime committed by one of her pupils. The Festival will also present an homage to the late great French director Claude Sautet, screening three of his best known and most beloved films, "Vincent, François, Paul et les autres", "Un cœur en hiver" and "Nelly et M. Arnaud".
Jean-Louis Livi, Sautet's personal friend and the producer of "Un cœur en hiver", will be on hand to tell the audience some of his own experiences working with Sautet. Livi is one of the best known French producers, who has worked in the past with the likes of Alain Resnais, Claude Miller, Jacques Audiard, Alain Courneau and many others. Finally, for our younger audience, the Festival will show Jacques Perrin's celebrated documentary about the patterns of migratory birds, "Le peuple migrateur" (Winged Migration).