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The History of French Cinema: 1985












Subway (1985)


16/1 -

The Franco-Indian co-production accord is signed. [ADD]





6/2 -

Just Jaeckin’s Emmanuelle, starring Sylvia Kristel finishes a run at the Triomphe cinema on the Champs-Elysées in Paris that began on 26th June 1974. [ADD]





20/2 -

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil receives its world premiere in Paris.   Jonathan Pryce plays a downtrodden worker in an Orwellian future.   Robert De Niro also appears. [ADD]





2/3 -

Claude Zidi's Les Ripoux wins the Best Picture Award at this year’s César award ceremony. [ADD]





10/4 -

26-year-old Luc Besson’s second feature, Subway, is released.   Christophe Lambert stars as a safecracker who flees into the Paris Métro after stealing important documents from a businessman whose wife he has fallen for.   Isabelle Adjani appears as the wife. [ADD]





17/5 -

Youssef Chahine presents his latest film, Adieu Bonaparte.   The film, which tells the story of an Egyptian family in Alexandria during Napoleon's occupation, is an official entry at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.   Michel Piccoli, Mohsen Mohieine, and Patrice Chéreau star. [ADD]





20/5 -

Yugoslavian director Emir Kusturica’s Otac na sluzbenom putu (When Father Was Away on Business) wins the Golden Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. [ADD]





9/6 -

The jury at this year’s International Festival of Animated Pictures (JICA - Journée Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation) in Annency award joint first prize to the Russian film, Hell, and Ishu Patel's Paradise (Canada). [ADD]





3/7 -

The government introduces new law on droit d’auteur, which leads to the foundation of the Association de lute contre la piraterie audiovisuelle. [ADD]





8/7 -

Jean-Jacques Annaud announces plans for a film version of Umberto Eco's prize-winning bestseller The Name of the Rose. [ADD]





11/7 -

The government establishes Sofica, a national financing organisation. [ADD]


25/7 -

American actor Rock Hudson is admitted to the American Hospital at Neuilly to receive treatment for AIDS. [ADD]


Other Key French Films of 1985

    Detective (1985)

Détective (Jean-Luc Godard) [ADD]




L'effrontée (Claude Miller) [ADD]




Escalier C (Jean-Charles Tacchella) [ADD]




Hurlevent (Jacques Rivette) [ADD]




On ne muert que deux fois (Jacques Deray) [ADD]




Peril en la demeure (Michel Deville) [ADD]




Police (Maurice Pialat) [ADD]




Poulet au vinaigre (Claude Chabrol) [ADD]




Shoah (Claude Lanzmann) [ADD]




Le Soulier de satin (Manoel de Oliveira) [ADD]

France: 1984

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