As I reach the end of my year blogging about the past and present of the Côte d’Azur France, I thought it was a good time to look to the future.
The following post looks at some of the films coming out in 2014 that were shot in the area, while the second half covers some upcoming annual film-related events in the Côte d’Azur France.
The following films will be released in France, and in most countries around the globe, in 2014, dates are all still to be confirmed:
Magic in the Moonlight
Woody Allen’s latest film stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone and is set in 1920’s France.
The film was shot in Nice – at the Opéra de Nice, Cave Bianchi, the Observatoire de Nice, Plateau de la Justice and Bar de l’hotel Negresco – at the Chateau Saint Martin in Vence and also Belles Rives Hotel and Villa Eileen Roc in Antibes.
L’homme que l’on aimait trop (The Man Who Is Loved Too)
A film by André Téchiné with Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet that is based on real life events.
Nice, 1976. Agnes Le Roux, daughter of the owner of the Palais de la Méditerranée, falls in love with Maurice Agnelet, a lawyer ten years her senior. Against a background of war casinos, he connects with Fratoni, who offers him three million francs to take control of the casino. Agnes accepts but resents his betrayal. After a suicide attempt, the young woman disappears…
The Price of Désiré (The Price of Desire)
Directed by Mary McGuckian. Starring Orla Brady, Caitriona Balfe, Alanis Morissette and Vincent Perez.
The Price of Desire tells the controversial story of how architect Le Corbusier effaced and defaced Eileen Gray’s moral right to be recognised as the author of her work and as one of the most forceful and influential inspirations of a century of modern architecture and design.
The film was shot in Roquebrune Cap Martin (near the station and Villa E-1027) and the two protagonists, Le Corbusier and Eileen Grey, both lived in Roquebrune Cap Martin. Le Corbusier was devoted to Cap-Martin and he designed Le Cabanon, his pocket-sized « castle » (3.66 x 3.66 m) as a model of minimal accommodation based on the « modulor », a system of architectural proportions for which he obtained a patent.
Grace of Monaco
Directed by Olivier Dahan and starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. When France’s Charles De Gaulle issues an ultimatum to Prince Rainier to change Monaco’s tax laws, Hollywood actress-turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, works behind the scenes to save the city-state from a coup.
I visited some of the film’s locations in Menton, mainly Parvis St Michel, a small town square in the centre of Menton which doubles as a Monaco marketplace for the film.
I also shot a short video of my Menton trip:
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo’s Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants follows the day-to-day existence of anthropomorphic insects. The characters are modelled on computer in 3D and are then set against real scenery, namely the Côte d’Azur’s Mercantour National Park.
2014 Film Events
Finally, below you’ll find a selection of film festivals and events taking place in 2014 – just click on the links to find out exact dates and more information:
« In et Out »
Zefestival, association Polychromes, festival cinéma LGBT
LGBT film festival
Festival du court métrage de Nice
« Un Festival c’est trop court »
La semaine du cinéma fantastique
Science-fiction film week
Explorimages, festival international du film nature et aventure
International nature & adventure film festival
Le mois du film documentaire
Documentary film month
Festival international du film sur la Résistance
International Resistance film festival
« Ciné Récré », films pour les enfants
Méditerranea, Festival international de l’image sous-marine et de l’aventure
International underwater & adventure festival
« Le jour le plus court », fête du court métrage
Short film festival
For more information and a Côte d’Azur events diary, visit www.visitcotedazur.travel