For the first time this year the French Film Festival, now in its 24th year and previously held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, is being held in 36 different locations. This has been made possible by support from the BFI Film Festival Fund, the National Lottery and the Festival's long standing partner Creative Scotland. It takes place from 1 November to 7 December in locations as disparate as Bo'ness in Scotland and Belfast in Northern Ireland, Newcastle and Cardiff and will be showing the creme de la creme of contemporary and classic French-speaking cinema.
Guests include Jean-Pierre Mocky, Jerome LeMaire for Premier Crus, Julien Rappeneau for Rosalie Blum and Nicolas Pagnol, grandson of Marcel Pagnol, who will present the restored version of his grandfather's Marsailles Trilogy. Among the films to be screened are The death of Louis XIV, L'odeur de la mandarine, Short Cuts, Pepe Le Moko, Napoleon and The Red Turtle.
The venues are
Aberdeen, Belmiont Filmhouse, 24 November - 4 December.
Bo'ness, Hippodrome Cinema, 6 - 19 November.
Dumfries, Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, 22-29 November.
Edinburgh, Dominion 25 November o 4 December.
Filmhouse, 2-21 November.
Queen Margaret University, 23 November.
Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre 5 November - 1 December.
Hawick, Heart of Hawick Arts Centre, 10 November.
Inverness, Eden Court, 9-26 November.
Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre, 6 November.
Stirling, Macrobert Arts Centre, 9-24 November.
Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre, 15-29 November.
Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre. 6-20 November.
Belper, The Ritz Cinema, 10-24 November.
Broadstairs, Thanet Film Society, Palace Cinema, 29 November.
Chichester, New Park Cinema, 11 - 26 November.
Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre, 11-15 November.
Heaton Moor, The Savoy Cinema, 1-28 Movember.
Hebden Bridge, Picture House, 13-20 November.
Hereford, Courtyard 30 November - & December.
Leeds, Leeds International Film Festival, 6-14 November.
London, Barbican Centre, 13-17 November.
Cine Lumiere, 3-10 November.
JW3 Cinema, 29-30 November.
Regent Street Cinema, 13-15 November.
Brentford Watermans Arms, 12 November - 3 December.
Manchester, Home Cinema, 12 - 26 November.
Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 18 November - 1 December.
Norwich, Cinema City, 10 - 24 November.
Northampton, Errol Flynn Film Centre, 10 24 November.
Nottingham, Broadway Cinema, 3 - 7 December.
Richmond, The Station Cinema, 4 November - 1 December.
Saffron Walden, Saffron Screen, 14-28 November/
Enquiries about the Critics' Circle should be made to the Hon Gen Sec Rick Jones by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8698 2460.