Veteran French star Daniel Auteuil (Caché) takes on both directing and acting duties in the first part of a trilogy based on playwright Marcel Pagnol’s acclaimed Marius/Fanny/César plays.

Set in the 1920s, in Pagnol’s hometown of Marseille, the first film centres on Marius, a young man working in his father César’s seaside bar. Although desperate to join the ship crews and explore the world, Marius is tethered to the port by feelings for his childhood friend, Fanny. Things come to a head when the local factory owner Panisse proposes to Fanny and Marius is forced to admit his feelings.

The follow up, Fanny will be screened on Sat 25, Tue 28 & Wed Jan 2014.