A celebration of Francophone cinema in all its guises, the 22nd French Film Festival UK features an eclectic selection of contemporary titles. Highlights include Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Timbuktu, a powerful and deeply moving condemnation of intolerance and Julie Bertuccelli’s School of Babel, portraying sensitively immigrant children in France. Festival- goers will certainly enjoy Guédiguian’s latest film, Ariane’s Thread, a captivating tale around his two muses: Ariane Ascaride and Marseille. Paris Follies features a graceful, yet mischievous Isabelle Huppert while Catherine Deneuve makes us laugh and cry in equal measure in Pierre Salvadori’s In the Courtyard. Other actors at the top of their game include André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup who come to blows in Volker Schlöndorff’s magnificent film, Diplomacy.