Now that the whole world is eagerly awaiting the line-up of new French movies in 2013, we feel that we should gather a list of this year’s best upcoming French films in cinema and on DVD/Blu-ray. This year’s list is rather diverse, from great critically acclaimed French comedies / romantic comedies to beautiful drama films coming out in 2013.
2012 blew us away with blockbusters like ‘Intouchables’,'The Artist’ and ‘Rust & Bone’. Also smaller comedies like ‘Adieu Berthe’ and Le Prénom were delightful. They will get their international DVD Release in 2013 with distributors like Lumière.
Top 5 best French films for 2013 released in cinema’s (France release date – US release date)
As soon as all the release dates are officially announced, we shall update them here. For now, the international or US release date is not always known yet. Same applies to trailers, they might first be in French. The order of films is random.
Update: French cinema featuring at Cannes Film Festival of 2013
At the popular and prestigious Cannes Film Festival a few films from France made a great impression. One was the work of, in my opinion, France’s most interesting modern director Francois Ozon (Dans la Maision, Swimming Pool) with film portrait of a young French girl in Jeune & Jolie.
The second one, and winner of the Palm D’or Prize, is ‘Blue is the warmest colour’. A tale about a lesbian romance starring Lea Seydoux. It is directed by Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche. Both films will be released in 2013.
Audrey Tautou in the fantasy drama L’ecume des jours (2013)
One of the most promising new French movies for 2013. Made by the popular director Michel Gondry, responsible for the American indie hit ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’. In ‘L’ecume des Jours’ or ‘Mood Indigo’ a woman suffers from a remarkable and unusual illness – she has a flower growing in her heart. This flick will come out in May 2013.
Under the rainbow / Au bout du conte – Light French Comedy | Release date: 6 March 2013
Under the Rainbow is a new film by Agnes Jaoui, who besides being a rather famous French actress, now has four great drama comedies to her name. All of her productions have been co-written by her husband, Jean-Pierre Bacri. Together they have received international recognition, including Academy Award nominations and Cesars, for films like ‘The Taste of Others (2000) and ‘Comme une Image – Look at me’ (2004). This French film for 2013 is a comedy about a 24 year old girl who is still desperately waiting for Prince charming to come along. When it finally appears to be happening, she runs into not one, but two near-perfect men. The above teaser is in French. The film will be released in France on 6 March 2013. It is currently in post-production.
It Happened in Saint-Tropez / Des Gens qui s’embrassent – Release date: 24 April 2013
One of the new French movies of which Pathe International is expecting great things. And indeed, it is evident that it has all the ingredients of a great foreign film. The film-maker Daniel Thompson’s previous films (La Buche, Le Code a Change) have all reached 1 to 2 million visitors in France alone. The public’s favorite French comedy actor Kad Merad, famous for Welcome to the Sticks and Les Choristes, is among the popular cast. It is a comedy with a bit of a romantic love story twist about the troublesome relationship of two brothers who could not be more different from one another, but due to circumstances are forced to deal with each other.
A new french film based on a true story with Intouchables’ Francois Cluzet – 11.6
11.6 is an adaptation of the non-fiction book Tony 11.6, Histoire de convoyeur, which in turn was based on the true story of a security van driver who stole 11.6 million, and got caught. A large amount of the money was never found. Francois Cluzet, the award winning actor, will be playing the lead role. This will be Cluzet’s second production with Philippe Godeau – their first film ‘One for the Road’ was nominated for 5 Cesars. Only found a trailer in French.
On the Other side of the Tracks (2013) – French police comedy movie
On the other side of the tracks is a typical ‘buddy movie’ or ‘bromance’. In this case it is about two mismatched police officers who have to investigate the murder of the wife of a business tycoon. The film was already released in France in 2012 and was an instant box office hit. Probably mainly because this french movie stars the charming Omar Sy (Intouchables).
We will update this list with more movies soon, probably will become a top 10 of new French cinema releases.
New French DVD releases of 2012/2013 – coming out on DVD
Last year was also a tremendously good year with films like Intouchables, Rust & Bone and Adieux La Reine. Here they can be bought online on DVD and Blu-ray. As soon as the 2013 movies are coming out, you can also find them here. For the best French movies of last year, you should visit our 2012′s must watch French movies article. For other European top films by country, please visit the New Movies of 2013 article.