Heart-throb Lambert embraces French flair
HOLLYWOOD heart-throb Christopher Lambert last night added a touch of Gallic flair to the 21st Cork French Film Festival.
Lambert (52) officially launched the festival at Cork's Vision Centre yesterday -- and was joined by the French Ambassador to Ireland Yvon Roe d'Albert and director Alain Moone.
Mr Moone flew to Cork from Colombia for the opening screening of 'Cartagena', a romantic film featuring real-life partners Lambert and Sophie Marceau.
Lambert -- star of such Hollywood epics as 'Greystoke', 'Highlander' and 'Beowulf' -- was also joined by the founder of the Cannes Film Festival's directors' event, Pierre-Henri Deleau, to give the Cork festival a high-profile launch.
The event runs until March 7 and is also being used to promote cultural and trade links between Ireland and France.
The organisers stressed that, thanks to the sponsorship of Bord Gais Energy, the festival had been able to attract Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Guillaume Laurant. Festival director Nora Callanan said the 2010 event promised to be the greatest ever staged.
"The festival has grown and developed over the years into one of national significance, screening Irish premieres, commissioning original works and welcoming icons of French cinema," she said.
Lambert is in Cork to present his latest film, 'Cartagena', a romantic story about how a down-on-his-luck boxer finds redemption in looking after a beautiful quadriplegic woman in the Colombian city of Cartagena. He will also be given a tour of Cork city's Huguenot Quarter, an historic area developed by French protestants fleeing persecution under King Louis XIV.