The series will begin with a free screening of Diane Kurys’ 1977 feature film “Peppermint Soda” on September 14.
“French Dispatch” director Wes Anderson is such a stranger to sharing his favorite movies. Now he’s partnered with the Alliance Française de Institut français (FIAF) for a seven-film series devoted to Anderson’s favorite French feature films. The screening series will coincide with the release of Anderson’s next feature film, the aforementioned “French Dispatch” starring Timothée Chalamet.
The series will begin with a free screening of Diane Kurys’ 1977 feature film “Peppermint Soda” on September 14. “The man who loved women” by François Truffaut in 1977, “The kings and the queen” (2004), “Sortez vos mouchoirs” by Bertrand Blier (1977), “Max and the Junkmen” from 1971 and the film by 1947 by Jacque Becker “Antoine et Antoinette.
These are just a few of the inspirations associated with “The French Dispatch” by Anderson, which follows a group of journalists in a fictional French magazine. Searchlight Pictures, the studio that distributes the film, released a list of the 32 films that inspired the feature a few months ago. The list includes several French and American feature films, including “City Streets” from 1931 and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” from 1956.
Although it was delayed last year due to the pandemic, “The French Dispatch” is already receiving excellent reviews after its Cannes and NYFF premiere. Eric Kohn of IndieWire praised the feature in his review, saying, “This charming sketchbook of stories about American expats in France offers a welcome salute to storytelling as a way to make sense of the world. A three-part tribute to old-school journalism in general and the New Yorker in particular, the film works in spurts, swapping narrative cohesion for charming little doses of wit and questioning people and places. weird ones that are worth your time.
Anderson is already working hard on his next film after “The French Dispatch”. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has joined the production, which is set to shoot in Spain. This is the first time Hanks has worked with Anderson. The new movie already features some of Anderson’s regular players, including Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and Adrien Brody.
“The French Dispatch” hits theaters October 22.