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Cinema is an art you can truly enjoy. Images, sound and music take us to spaces full of narrative and aesthetic pleasure that are able to touch heart and soul. French cinema has accomplish that masterfully, since the first projection on December 1895. France invented cinema as a spectacle; the history of cinema, cinephilia and critic destroyed film and build it up again for all the world to enjoy. French cinema has been an inspiration for millions of people in the industry, but it has also inspired lovers and dreamers.

This year, the Monterrey Film Festival has invited France as a guest country, and through the festival’s program people will be able to see different aspects of the french cinema. A special recognition to the work of Claire Denis, perhaps the most important female director nowadays; as well as the never ending film promotion of Pierre-Henri Deleau, the first director of the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Also, the presence of Cahiers du Cinéma, a magazine that over 70 years has been an example in the field of film analysis; and last but not least, Thierry Méranger, who will give a seminar on film criticism alongside Mexican critic Carlos Bonfil.

And a lot of French films, including works by Claire Denis, a Director’s Fortnight selection, another by Cahiers du Cinéma and the premiere of “Normandie Nue”, by Philippe Le Guay, representing the 22nd French Cinema Tour. But cinema is also music, and therefore the NeirdA & Z3ro duo, joined by Stephen Besse will introduce “Les Mondes Futurs”, a film – concert mix that will put music to the service of “Lo que vendrá” by William Cameron Menzies.

The Monterrey Film Festival is deeply thankful to all French producers, filmmakers and critics who generously have decided to participate in this French cinema celebration. We would also like to thank the following institutions: French Embassy in Mexico, French Office in Monterrey, Institut Français, French Institute in LATAM, UniFrance, Nueva Era Films and the French Cinema Tour, for their confidence and support.

Vive le cinéma!