WILL IT SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS? (DVD + Blu-ray)
Directed by Sandrine Veysset
Set on a farm in Southern France, a woman and her seven children have a hard life, one which is worsened by the farms owner and father of the children, who treats them as his personal property. Used as expendable free labour and unable to leave, it is only the woman's love for her children and her unwavering strength that prevent her family from falling apart.
Director Sandrine Veysset's remarkable debut film won a César upon its release and has been compared to the work of Maurice Pialat (À nos amours) and Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake). Exquisitely shot by cinematographer Hélène Louvart (The Beaches of Agnès), the film's ability to never become over-sentimental, despite its subject, are a testament to its quality.
Tout en liberté (2015, 31 mins): Interview with director Sandrine Veysset and Cinematographer Hélène Louvart
Terre-Mère-Amour (2015, 15 mins): Interview with actress Dominique Reymond
Fully illustrated booklet with a new writing on the film, and full film credits
France | 1996 | colour | French language, with optional English subtitles | 91 minutes | Cert 12 | Region 2 DVD | Region B Blu-ray
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Will it Snow for Christmas?
Directed by Sandrine Veysset
BFI Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) release on 20 November 2017
Sandrine Veysset’s remarkable debut film won a César and has been compared to the work of Maurice Pialat (À nos amours) and Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake). Exquisitely shot by cinematographer Hélène Louvart (The Beaches of Agnès), the film evokes the harsh realities of daily farming life as well as the magic and innocence of childhood without ever becoming over-sentimental.
Now restored and scanned to 4K, Will it Snow for Christmas? will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK by the BFI on 20 November. Special features include cast and crew interviews.
On a Provençal farm, a protective and devoted mother (Dominique Reymond) raises her seven illegitimate children. Their father is the farm’s owner (Daniel Duval), an authoritarian egotist who treats the family as his personal property to be used as cheap labour. Unable to leave, it is only the mother’s love for her children and unwavering strength that prevent the family from falling apart.
Will it Snow for Christmas? is released as part of Woman with a Movie Camera, the BFI’s ongoing celebration of women’s contribution to film that has a regular screening slot at BFI Southbank and a range of films on BFI Player.
• A new 4K restoration supervised by Sandrine Veysset and Hélène Louvart;
• Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition;
• Tout en liberté! (2015, 31 mins): Interview with director Sandrine Veysset and cinematographer Hélène Louvart;
• Terre-Mère-Amour (2015, 15 mins): Interview with actress Dominique Reymond;
• Trailer (2015, 2 mins);
• Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Jonathan Romney and full film credits.
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1267 / Cert 12
France / 1996 / colour / 91 mins / French language with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.66:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio (48kHz/24-bit) DVD9: PAL, 25fps, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/16-bit), DTS 5.1 surround audio (48kHz/16-bit)