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French blockbuster star snubs Sarkozy

French actor Omar Sy, co-star in the French blockbuster "Intouchables", has declined to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy for lunch. Officially, Sy was shooting a film on poor Parisian suburbs.

French blockbuster star snubs Sarkozy

French actor Omar Sy is France’s hot ticket this winter and his comedy “Intouchables” is on course to become one of France’s most popular box office hits.

11 million people in France have seen the feel-good film, which follows the adventures of Philippe, a grumpy tetraplegic aristocrat who rediscovers life with Driss, a young black man from the Parisian banlieues.

On Wednesday, Sy, who plays Driss in the film, hit headlines again when he declined an invitation to the Elysée Palace along with the team from “Intouchables”.

His press agent told daily Le Parisien, “Sy was working from 9am to 6pm on a new film, he couldn’t accept the invitation and leave 80 technicians in the lurch.”

However, French journalists have been speculating Sy wanted to show his dissatisfaction with Sarkozy’s policies and did not want to see the right-wing UMP party exploiting his film’s success ahead of presidential election in April 2012.

Sy, a 33-year-old from the town of Trappes, a poor suburb west of Paris, rose to relative fame in the short comedy series “Service Après-Vente” (After-Sales Support).

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French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Lost in Frenchlation, a film club that screens French films with English subtitles in Paris, is returning to cinemas this weekend after holding virtual screenings during lockdown.

French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Wednesday saw the reopening of cafés, restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas in France since October.

This means that Lost in Frenchlation can return to cinemas, and film buffs who struggle to watch French movies without English subtitles can meet up again this weekend at the Luminor Hotel de Ville where the first screening is taking place this Sunday.

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What’s on the programme?

The first event taking place on Sunday, May 23rd is a screening of Albert Dupontel’se César awarded film “Adieu les cons” (Bye bye Morons), a comedy drama about a woman who tries to find her long-lost child with a help of a man in the middle of a burnout and a blind archivist.

On Sunday, May 30th there will be a Mother’s Day special screening of “Énorme”, comedy, starring Marina Foïs and Jonathan Cohen, at Club de l’Étoile in the 17th arrondissement in Paris. 

On Saturday, May 22nd, there will be a virtual screening of “Joli Mai” by Chris Marker (1963) which inspired the documentary film Le Joli Mai 2020. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Marker specialist & journalist Jean-Michel Frodon.

Lost in Frenchlation is a company that sets up screenings of recent French film releases with English subtitles to give Paris’s large international community access to French culture and meet others in the same situation.

For more information, check out their website or sign up to their newsletter (link here).