French Cinema Now

SIFF Cinema Uptown
SIFF's annual showcase of new Francophone cinema returns with a week of the best new films in the French language. From our opening night film Lost In Paris (from the directors of The Fairy), to one France's biggest box office hits of the year (Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion's Tomorrow), French Cinema Now includes ripped-from-the-headlines dramas, whimsical romances, moving family stories, unpredictable comedies, and eye-opening documentaries, with performances from renowned actors Emmanuelle Riva, François Cluzet, Bérénice Bejo, Monica Bellucci, Pierre Deladonchamps, and Golshifteh Farahani. Plus, Virginie Paradis of French Truly joins us before select films for unique visual presentations about French history and culture.

Individual Tickets: $12 | $11 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+) | $7 Members
Festival Pass: $75 | $50 Members (includes Opening Night Film & Party)
Opening Night Film and Party: $25 | $20 Members

SIFF Cinema Vouchers and passes are valid for admission

Lost in Paris

September 29, 2016

Opening Night Film & Party

France | 2016 | 82 minutes | Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon

The filmmaking duo of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (The Fairy) return with a whimsical adventure about a small town librarian who heads to Paris to help her elderly aunt (Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva), but after a slew of wild catastrophes finds herself relying on a a seductive but annoying bum who refuses to leave her alone.
Join us after the film for our Opening Night Party at Bastille Café & Bar!


September 30, 2016

France | 2016 | 102 minutes | Thomas Lilti

In this tender drama from doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti, a beloved country doctor (François Cluzet, Intouchables) is diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease and is forced to train his eventual replacement, a colleague from the city (Marianne Denicourt) whose views on medicine, and bedside manner with the idiosyncratic rural patients, challenge the future of his practice.

After Love

September 30, 2016

France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Joachim Lafosse

In this slice of life family drama the marriage of Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) is all but over, and yet they continue to cohabitate, along with their precocious daughters, the spacious apartment they have shared over the past decade, and each tries to hold on to what they think they contributed to their life together.

Bad Seeds

September 30, 2016

Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 105 minutes | Louis Bélanger

This Québécois crime comedy follows a struggling actor and a wily farmer who conspire to raise a cannabis cash crop and are caught by a free spirited utilities inspector. Rather than turn them in, she becomes their newest partner, and with her help the winter harvest looks to be a bumper crop.

Made in France

October 1, 2016

France | 2015 | 89 minutes | Nicolas Boukhrief

Unexpectedly and unfortunately topical, this powerful, nail-biting thriller explores home-grown terrorism by following a journalist who infiltrates the Islamic fundamentalist networks operating in the Parisian high-rise suburbs, uncovering a group of four youths who have been given the mission to create a jihadist cell and to spread chaos throughout Paris.

The Outsider

October 1, 2016

France | 2016 | 117 minutes | Christophe Barratier

Based on a true story, this riveting financial thriller from Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) is like a French version of The Big Short, showcasing how in 2008, Jérôme Kerviel, a 31-year-old trader at one of the largest banks in Europe, staged an extravagant five billion Euro gamble alone and in secret - an act of fraud that lead to one of the worst financial crisis in history.


October 1, 2016

France | 2015 | 118 minutes | Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent

One of France's biggest hits of the past year follows directors Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion as they travel the globe to uncover the major environmental issues facing the world. But instead of dire warnings, this hopeful documentary explores new ways of thinking and practical solutions that illustrate a positive plan for reversing global decline and building a better future.

Two Friends

October 1, 2016

France | 2015 | 92 minutes | Louis Garrel, Christophe Honoré

Actor-director Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) stars in this sweet, sour, and racy romantic comedy about two mismatched best friends - one a suave loverboy, the other a schluby film extra - who both fall for the same woman, a coffee shop attendant with a dark past.


October 1, 2016

Canada (Québec) | 2015 | 101 minutes | Guy Édoin

While shooting a film in Montréal, a French actress (the luminous Monica Bellucci) tries to mend relations with her son, who after witnessing a disturbing event, has a renewed interest in discovering the indentity of his father. Elsewhere in the city, an ambulance driver tries to keep a hold on his life while a kind-hearted nurse watches over him in the chaos of the emergency room. The collision of these four leaves their lives changed forever.

The Fabulous Patars

October 2, 2016

France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Sophie Reine

Beloved French actor and filmmaker Gustave Kervern stars as Denis Patar, a loving but overworked single father struggling to raise a pair of boisterous young daughters while holding down two jobs. After a cheerful social worker challenges the Patar family's eccentric lifestyle, Denis' life becomes even more hectic when he is forced to attend a parental training course.


October 2, 2016

France | 2015 | 119 minutes | Danielle Arbid

French-Lebanese director Danielle Arbid draws on personal experience in this captivating drama about an 18-year-old student (Manal Issa, in a stunning performance), newly arrived in 1990s Paris, who must negotiate both the turbulence of youth and the challenges faced by young female immigrants. 
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the History of French Colonialism and its impact on immigration in France.

Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad

October 2, 2016

France | 2015 | 140 minutes | Robert Guédiguian

Set in late 1970s Paris, Robert Guédiguian's thrilling drama explores the personal tolls of political radicalism after an angry young man chooses to protest the legacy of the Armenian Genocide by bombing the car of the Turkish Ambassador. When his actions end up seriously wounding a harmless bystander, he begins to question his commitment to a cause that is willing to sacrifice the innocent.


October 2, 2016

France | 2016 | 142 minutes | Léa Fehner

Drama is never in short supply at the traveling theatrical company Chekhov Cabaret, where a close-knit group of actors share everything - family, work, friendship, and even the occasional drunken orgy. Through good times and bad, the troupe's sense of humor and often brutal honesty helps these eccentric nomads never forget what really matters: the theatre. Winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award at the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival.


October 3, 2016

France | 2016 | 109 minutes | Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai

Introduction by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Filmmakers Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai take you on an immersive behind-the-scenes tour of the Opéra National de Paris, where artistic director Benjamin Millepied, the man behind the ballet for the film Black Swan, spends three exhaustive months crafting his first gala production for the company.

Go Home

October 4, 2016

France | 2015 | 98 minutes | Jihane Chouaib

Director Jihane Chouaib scheduled to attend. Beirut-born filmmaker Jihane Chouaib presents a moving study of life in modern-day Lebanon as told through the story of a young woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, in a magnetic performance) who returns to her rural childhood home after years abroad in France. Unwelcome by the villagers and haunted by the murder of her grandfather during civil war, she begins to search for answers and discovers something unexpected - herself.

A Kid

October 5, 2016

France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Phillippe Lioret

After a thirty-something divorced Parisian (Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger by the Lake) receives a call notifying him that the father he has never known has passed away, he heads to Montréal for the funeral, only to discover that his unknown family, including two step brothers, aren't aware of his existence - or even interested in it.

Eva & Leon

October 6, 2016

France | 2015 | 85 minutes | Émilie Cherpitel

This charming and heart-warming story of unlikely friendship in the heart of Paris begins when a free-spirited single professional woman (Clotilde Hesme from the hit Netflix series "Les Revenants") visits her favorite café and meets a thoughtful and surprisingly mature 10-year-old orphan on a mission to find his mother.
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the social changes for children growing up in France at three different moments in time: 1950's, 1980's, 2010's.