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The 9th France Odeon, the festival celebrating French cinema directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, will be held again this year in Florence.

The festival has been organized in collaboration with the Fondazione Sistema Toscana and the Institut Français Firenze, with the support of the Regione Toscana, MiBACT, the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, the French Embassy, the City of Florence in addition to the support of Ferragamo Parfums/Ferragamo Museum, its main sponsor, as well as Groupama Assicurazioni, another sponsor.

The inauguration – one week earlier than in previous years – will be take off at 18.45 on Thursday, 19 October, at the Cinema La Compagnia in Florence (Via Cavour 50/r), and end on 22 October 2017.

The Essence of Talent prizes will be awarded during the festival. Each year France Odeon and Ferragamo Parfums recognize young artists who “best represent the bond between Italian and French cinema” by presenting the gold-leaf award, produced by Giusto Manetti Battiloro.

The company is proud to participate in and contribute to such an important event that unites and promotes the film industry together with French and Italian culture.

Ten films are competing for the “Golden Leaf” award, introduced for the first time last year and won by the French actor Gerard Depardieu with the movie “Tour de France”.

The films touch on such varied themes as the agricultural tradition, ecosystem degradation, music, and its power to work miracles as well as two comedies, including a French remake of a successful Argentine production.

The event’s most anticipated film, Fabien Gorgeart’s “Diane a les èpaules”, will have its world premiere in Florence on Friday, 20 October, with the actress Clotilde Hesme making an appearance.

The crystal trophy, containing the golden leaf produced by Giusto Manetti Battiloro, will be assigned by the all-woman jury of Francesca Archibugi, Concita De Gregorio, and Valentina Bellè.

The winners of two more awards will be decided by the audience, voting at the end of each showing, together with a jury of seven high-school students coordinated by Alain Bichon.

As part of the traditional comparisons between Italy and France, the conference on image education entitled “Ragazzi Bene Educati (alle immagini)” will be held on Friday, October 20, at 11.00 am at Palazzo Sacrati Strozzi. Senate Vice President Rosa Maria Di Giorgi and City Councilor Monica Barni will speak, followed by numerous French and Italian contributors.

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