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Abuse of Weakness

France | 2013 | 104 minutes | Catherine Breillat

Based on actual events that befell filmmaker Catherine Breillat (the provocateur behind Romance and Fat Girl), Isabelle Huppert stars as a director, partially paralyzed from a serious stroke, who falls for an arrogant, conniving, money-hungry con man.

African Metropolis

Kenya | 2013 | 92 minutes | Marie Ka, Philippe Lacôte, Ahmed Ghoneimy, Vincent Moloi, Folsakin Iwajomo, Jim Chuchu

Filmmakers from across the African continent paint a vivid picture of a new, urbanised Africa through innovative short stories featuring six fast-growing major cities: Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

France | 2013 | 122 minutes | Arnaud des Pallières

Mads Mikkelson gives a commanding performance as the titular hero, a simple merchant in 16th century France, who swears revenge against the nobleman responsible for his wife’s brutal murder.

Attila Marcel

France | 2013 | 106 minutes | Sylvain Chomet

Oscar®-nominated director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) makes his live-action debut in this effervescent, musical, candy-colored charmer about a mute piano prodigy unlocking his repressed childhood memories.

Belle & Sebastien

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

Chinese Puzzle

France | 2013 | 117 minutes | Cédric Klapisch

SIFF and César award-winning director Cédric Klapisch completes his trilogy (2002’s L'Auberge Espagnole, 2005’s Russian Dolls), following soulful everyman writer Xavier to New York City in the hopes of winning back his estranged wife and their two children.

Dior and I

France | 2014 | 89 minutes | Frédéric Tcheng

May 17 | Saturday Night Film and Party

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J’adore Dior! This elegant glimpse into artistic director Raf Simons’ entry into the House of Christian Dior, and into the creation of his first haute couture collection, sparkles as an homage to the iconic house.

The Dune

France | 2013 | 86 minutes | Yossi Aviram

This award-winning debut feature from Yossi Aviram gathers a strong French cast for the sensitive and suspenseful story of an aging gay cop and his long-estranged son, set in France and Israel.

Eastern Boys

France | 2013 | 128 minutes | Robin Campillo

In this erotically charged nail-biter, middle-aged French businessman Daniel changes his life with a single act. When Daniel shyly propositions a Ukrainian hustler in the Gare du Nord, the younger man keeps the date—but doesn’t show up alone.

Gabrielle

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 102 minutes | Louise Archambault

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams Syndrome, plays a young woman with the disease. Her extraordinary performance tracks her romance with a choir mate, a situation that distresses her beau’s overly protective mother.

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