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The French are going strong at Goa

December 3, 2007

IFFI, GoaIt’s difficult to ignore French cinema at the film festival in Goa. Alain Corneau is here presenting his latest film “The Second Wind”, a French gangster film set in the 1960s. Film noir is a genre Corneau loves and it shows in this remake of a 1966 French classic.

Turns out it was Monica Bellucci’s idea to dye her hair blonde for her role as a gangster’s moll. A decision Corneau doesn’t regret.

I thought the use of vivid blue and red colours in “The Second Wind” is an influence from Bollywood. But Corneau tells me I am wrong – his influence was cinema from Hong Kong and South Korea.

A decade or so ago, the Indophile made a small-budget French film in Mumbai and Goa. And he’s not averse to coming back for a film in India – albeit with European protagonists.

Denis Dercourt is in Goa too with “Turning Pages” – a film he describes as the story of revenge set in the world of European classical music.

The 2006 film was the first box-office success after five duds for the accomplished viola player and Dercourt admits he’s finding it tough to move on to his next film.

There are several other French films being shown at Goa – among them is the year’s action blockbuster “Taxi 4″ and the romantic comedy “Change of Address”. As for filmmaker Jan Kounen, he’s using humour to expose the world of glamour and advertising in his dark comedy “99 Francs”.

Dercourt says the French churn out some 250 films a year, a fourth of India’s output. But it certainly seems they are going to more places.

Au revoir, anyone?

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