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Tuesday 22 April 2014 18:00-20:30

Wednesday 23 April 2014 13:30-16:00

Jérémie Renier plays "Cloclo" in this 2012 French biographical drama film about the life of French singer, songwriter and entertainer Claude François.

François, also known by the nickname Cloclo wrote and composed "Comme d’habitude", the original version of "My Way" and "Parce que je t’aime mon enfant", the original version of "My Boy".

30 years after his death, the French music icon, seller of millions of records, continues to fascinate and intrigue: business man, adulated star, marketing guru well ahead of his time, showman, hit machine, father, womanizer… Following the life of the singer from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his accidental death in Paris in 1978 Cloclo is a portrait of a complex personality, always in a rush, genuinely modern and desperate to be loved.

This film screening accompanies the exhibition Impressionism by Kristian Smith, presented in the Gallery from 11 April to 10 May 2014.

The screening on Tuesday 22 April will be introduced by Dr Chris Tinker, Reader in French at Heriot Watt University, who will offer a brief introduction to Claude François and his significance within French popular music culture.

Director: Florent Emilio Siri (2012, 158mins)
With: Jérémie Renier, Benoît Magimel, Monica Scattini
Production: Studio Canal
In French with English subtitles


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