André Dussollier: “I have confidence in the future of cinema”

“I find that French cinema continues to belong to its authors”, emphasizes André Dussollier. THOMAS NIEDERMUELLER/Getty Images via AFP

MAINTENANCE – The actor chairs the jury of the fifteenth edition of the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival which opens this Tuesday.

From the start of the conversation, André Dussollier profusely apologizes for his small delay. “I don’t know where to put myself, he said. I went for a bike ride… And I got lost!” Looks like cinema. And we can easily imagine this sacred monster of French cinema, 76 springs on the clock, nose to the wind, on a small sunny country road. Of course, the setback was minimal. And the mythical actor from the films of Truffaut, Rohmer, Resnais, Chatiliez, Coline Serreau, or François Ozon is indeed present in Angoulême today to launch the 15e edition of the Francophone Film Festival. While he plays Clemenceau in Jean-Marc Peyrefitte’s film The Tiger and The President (in theaters on September 7), the president of the jury will have the difficult task of establishing a prize list in his image: elegant, benevolent, clear-sighted… and sparkling with humour.

LE FIGARO. – What prompted you to agree to be president of the jury of the 15e Angoulême Francophone Film Festival?

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