Lolita Chammah, Isabelle Huppert's daughter, encourages her son at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival!

It is with particular emotion that the Champs-Elysées Film Festival opened its doors again on September 14, 2021. And for good reason: after a complicated year, culturally speaking, the Parisian event was lucky enough to be able to celebrate its tenth anniversary. This is undoubtedly why the program for this edition is so brilliant, especially that of its opening ceremony. After Yael Naim enchanted the ears of the audience, on the seats of the Publicis cinema in the eighth arrondissement, the film The unquiet, by Joachim Lafosse, was screened, causing a wave of enthusiasm and thunderous applause.

Many attended the heated exchanges between Leïla Bekhti and Damien Bonnard on big screens, and the first film-lovers’ steps of Gabriel Merz Chammah, Isabelle Huppert’s grandson. This is probably why her mother, Lolita Chammah, was present in the room, as were Jim Cummings, the guest of honor, Thomas Lilti, Yael Naim, Agathe Rousselle – Titanium, the Palme d’Or 2021 -, Aurel and Elie Wajeman, members of the feature film jury, as well as Naïla Guiguet, Alexandra Pianelli, DJ Kiddy Smile, Coralie Russier – Mandibles – and Yoann Zimmer, members of the short films jury.

Bernard-Henri Levy, Laura Henno, Maëlle Pistoia, Aurélien Froment, Romain Cannone, Soufiane Guerrab, Antoine Reinartz – 120 beats per minute -, Thomas Lempire, Alka Balbir, Kee Yoon Kim, Sylvie Hoarau – from the duo Brigitte -, Naidra Ayadi, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, J. Lee McKenzie, Jeanne d’Hauteserre, Theo Anthony, Kentucker Audley, Dash Shaw and Albert Birney were also in the game. For those who missed this prestigious evening, there is still hope. The Champs-Elysées Film Festival will put American cinema and French cinema in the spotlight for a week, with great projections, musical performances, retrospectives and exceptional encounters, before unveiling the surprises of its closing evening on September 21. The appointment is made …

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