French Cinema Now

October 22-29, 2015

Tickets

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

Vouchers and passes are valid for admission.

Adama

France | 2015 | 82 minutes | Simon Rouby

October 24, 2015

This stunning animated feature, combining traditional painted backgrounds with clay sculpted characters, follows 12 year-old Adama, who leaves his small West African village on a quest to rescue his brother from the frontlines of WWI. Adama travels to “the land of breaths” – the village's term for war-torn Europe – for a coming-of-age odyssey that is also a tale of outstanding love, courage, and humanity. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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The Anarchists

France | 2015 | 101 minutes | Elie Wajeman

October 25, 2015

Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) star in this sweeping historical crime drama set in turn of the century Paris, where police officer Jean Albertini is tasked with infiltrating a band of anarchists, and unexpectedly falls in love with a passionate, and persuasive, member of the movement. Torn between duty and his heart, Jean will have to choose his allegiance.

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Anton Chekhov - 1890

France | 2015 | 96 minutes | René Féret

October 23 - 28, 2015

A pivotal period in the life of Russian literary master Anton Chekhov is brought to life in this expressive biographical tale. A humble Russian doctor, Chekhov (Nicolas Giraud) starts writing stories for magazines to earn extra money. As his talent gains notice, an unexpected tragedy sends him on a journey to Siberia, and the trip inspires some of his most brilliant and famous works.

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The Chef's Wife

France | 2014 | 90 minutes | Anne Le Ny

October 24, 2015

Two of France’s most versatile and accomplished actresses, Karin Viard (Polisse, Delicatessen) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel, Read My Lips), come together for this crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. Carole can no longer stand working alongside her talented Michelin-starred chef husband, Sam, so she meets with Marithé, who helps people explore new career opportunities. The two become friends, but when Marithé meets Sam, their mutual attraction complicates her motives in helping Carole to start over.

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The Clearstream Affair

France | 2014 | 110 minutes | Vincent Garenq

October 25, 2015

This ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller follows journalist Denis Robert (Gilles Lellouche) and Judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke (Charles Berling), who shake up the French governing class by exposing a dark political financial machine called the Clearstream system, which allowed financial institutions and wealthy investors to hold secret accounts for hiding unreported income and money laundering.

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Cosmodrama

France | 2015 | 105 minutes | Philippe Fernandez

October 27, 2015

A slyly funny mix of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and 2001: A Space Odyssey, this retro-futuristic sci-fi story begins when seven astronauts – including Sigmund Freud look-alike, an overly communicative chimp, and a friendly dog – wake up on a spaceship, not knowing where they have come from nor where they are heading. As the ship operates by itself, they have ample time to meditate on matter, life and the universe.

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Dheepan

France | 2015 | 110 minutes | Jacques Audiard

October 22, 2015

Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this powerful drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone) follows a former Tamil Tiger soldier as he flees from the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war to begin a new life in a Parisian suburb.

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Fatima

France | 2015 | 79 minutes | Philippe Faucon

October 27, 2015

A sweet, insightful, and emotionally complex portrait of immigrants living in France, Fatima dives into the life of a Moroccan-born mother living in Lyon and struggling to raise her two teenage daughters, one rebellious, the other starting medical school. When she is put on leave from her job as a cleaning woman, Fatima starts to write letters to her daughters in Arabic, telling them all the things she can’t express in French.

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The Great Man

France | 2014 | 107 minutes | Sarah Leonor

October 25, 2015

This stylistic tale of pristine visual sensibility and French Legionnaires (reminiscent of Claire Denis’s Beau Travail) is an intimate metaphysical look at two men trying to piece their life together after war. Told in five chapters, the story follows a soldier (Jérémie Renier) who is reunited with the man who saved his life, and unexpectedly finds himself able to repay his debt.

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Half Sister, Full Love

France | 2015 | 95 minutes | Marion Vernoux

October 23, 2015

The French adaptation of Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister (and the second of Shelton's films adapted à la française) introduces Pierre, a young man still suffering after his brother’s recent death, who accepts his best friend Tessa’s invitation to recuperate at her family home in the French countryside, only to find the house already occupied by her heart-broken sister.

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High Society

France | 2014 | 95 minutes | Julie Lopes Curval

October 26, 2015

A delicate exploration of young love, artistic expression, and social class, High Society tells of the relationship between 20-year-old Alice (Ana Girardot, "The Returned"), a working-class artist whose talent leads her to design school in Paris, and privileged aspiring photographer Antoine. While their differences initially prove exciting, they begin to find that the pull of bourgeois society and artistic ambition changes the dynamic of their tender affair.

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I'm Dead But I Have Friends

Belgium | 2015 | 96 minutes | Guillaume Malandrin, Stéphane Malandrin

October 26, 2015

Filled with unexpected twists and delightfully deadpan humor, this comic road movie follows the ageing members of a punkish Belgian rock band who lose their lead singer but decide to maintain their concert dates in Los Angeles with vague plans to place the dead friend’s funeral urn in front of the microphone. Nothing — absolutely nothing — goes according to plan.

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Métamorphoses

France | 2014 | 102 minutes | Christophe Honoré

October 24, 2015

Visionary director Christophe Honoré's enchanting, slyly satiric, and erotic updating of the of Ovid's magnum opus transports mythological tales to present-day France, where the Gods – Jupiter, Orpheus, Bacchus – transform into different forms and fall in love with humans.

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Number One Fan

France | 2014 | 105 minutes | Jeanne Herry

October 24, 2015

In this cleverly suspenseful and satirical thriller, Sandrine Kiberlain gives a Cesar nominated performance a beautician who would do literally anything for her idol, the French crooner Vincent Lacroix. Her loyalty is put to the test one night when Vincent shows up on her doorstep and asks for her help in a most nefarious task.

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The Sweet Escape

France | 2015 | 105 minutes | Bruno Podalydés

October 25, 2015

Packed with visual flair, delightful banter, and a whiff of Wes Anderson, this bittersweet coming-of-middle-age comedy follows 50-something graphic designer Michel (director Bruno Podalydés), who, longing for a sense of freedom and adventure, takes up kayaking. Michel's virgin voyage is a pastoral adventure, but it doesn't lead him very far down stream.

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Tokyo Fiancée

Belgium | 2014 | 100 minutes | Stefan Liberski

October 28, 2015

A young Belgian woman who is obsessed with all things Japanese travels to Tokyo and falls into a whirlwind romance with a Japanese student who is obsessed with all things French. This charming comedy about young love and cultural discovery, is filled with complications, misunderstandings, and double meanings in both French and Japanese.

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The Tournament

France | 2015 | 83 minutes | Elodie Namer

October 22, 2015

An international chess tournament becomes the setting of a compelling psychological thriller, when a 22-year-old French mastermind finds that his chief adversary is an unknown 11-year-old prodigy, leading to his emotional unraveling.

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Wild Life

France | 2014 | 114 minutes | Cédric Kahn

October 29, 2015

Based on a true story, and produced by the Dardenne Brothers, this tale of a father's reckless but all-consuming love follows married couple Carole and Philippe (Céline Sallette and Mathieu Kassovitz, both giving riveting performances) who renounce civilization and lead a nomadic life in their caravan. But when Carole tires of their itinerant lifestyle and moves back to the city, Philippe refuses to allow his sons to be raised according to the societal codes he abhors.

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You Sleep Nicole

Canada (Québec) | 2014 | 93 minutes | Stéphane Lafleur

October 23, 2015

Filmed in gorgeous black and white, the latest feature from Québécois director Stéphane Lafleur is a slice of life comedy about summer indolence. 22-year-old Nicole is fresh out of college, and plans to spend the summer hanging out her best friend Véronique. But things take an unexpected turn when a heatwave, Nicole’s growing insomnia, the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy, and a visiting rock band put their friendship to the test.

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Young Tiger

France | 2015 | 87 minutes | Cyprien Vial

October 29, 2015

Set in Paris' suburban Sikh community, this drama features newcomer Harmandeep Palminder in a touching lead performance as a 17-year old boy from Punjab, India, who is trying to lead the life of a typical teenager, yet finds a crushing responsibility to financially support his parents in India pushes him into unprecedented danger.

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