French Cinema Now

Celebrating the best in current French-language cinema.

French Cinema Now

September 26 - October 3, 2019

SIFF and TV5MONDE present French Cinema Now, returning for its eighth year this fall. The 2019 edition showcases 17 extraordinary French-language features from six countries and three continents, opening with the blockbuster comedy The Shiny Shrimps. Films from veteran directors Daniel Vigne, Alain Raoust, and Philippe Faucon will be showcased alongside a new wave of filmmakers such as Marie-Sophie Chambon, Ladj Ly, Felix Moati, and Marie Garel-Weiss.

Festival Passes, as well as individual film tickets (available on each film's page), are on sale now! Join us in celebrating the best in French-language films from around the world.

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 26
6:30 PM - Opening Night Film + Party: The Shiny Shrimps

Friday, September 27
6:30 PM - A Clever Crook
8:45 PM - Our Happy Holiday

Saturday, September 28
1:00 PM - The Return of Martin Guerre
3:40 PM - The Shiny Shrimps
6:00 PM - Les Miserables
8:30 PM - Genesis

Sunday, September 29
1:00 PM - In Safe Hands
3:30 PM - Kiss & Tell
6:00 PM - Stars By the Pound
8:30 PM - Mother's Instinct

Monday, September 30
6:30 PM - The Trouble With You
9:00 PM - The Party's Over

Tuesday, October 1
6:30 PM - Real Love
8:45 PM - Father and Sons

Wednesday, October 2
6:30 PM - Amin
8:45 PM - Kiss & Tell

Thursday, October 3
6:15 PM - Closing Night Film: Synonyms
9:00 PM - As Happy As Possible

The Shiny Shrimps

France | 2019 | 103 minutes | Cédric le Gallo, Maxime Govare

September 26, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

In this dizzy and fizzy comedy, a champion Olympic swimmer who uttered a homophobic slur on national television is forced to coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and outrageous water polo team in training for the Gay Games.

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A Clever Crook

France | 2018 | 104 minutes | Lucas Bernard

September 27, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

A retiring police commissioner is lured into solving one final case—an art theft—in this old-school caper with a light Gallic touch.

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Our Happy Holiday

France | 2019 | 105 minutes | Patrick Cassir

September 27, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Nothing tests a fledgling romance like taking a vacation together, as Marion and Ben find out when their first date leads to a comically premature trip to Bulgaria.

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The Return of Martin Guerre

France | 1982 | 123 minutes | Daniel Vigne

September 28, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

In this 1982 film, based on an actual 16th-century incident, Gerard Depardieu plays a man who shows up in a French village claiming to be a villager long thought dead. Is he really Martin Guerre, or an impostor?

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Les Misérables

France | 2019 | 103 minutes | Ladj Ly

September 28, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

This drama borrows the suburban setting, and the police aggression, of Victor Hugo’s classic novel while documenting the struggles of its present-day Muslim community.

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Genesis

Canada (Québec) | 2018 | 129 minutes | Philippe Lesage

September 28, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Guillaume finds he’s falling in love for the first time while Charlotte is feeling her boyfriend pull away in this dual exploration of two siblings learning about the pain of first love.

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In Safe Hands

France | 2018 | 107 minutes | Jeanne Herry

September 29, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Friction between a birth mother, social workers, foster caregivers, and a prospective parent fuel the drama in this story of an adorable babe’s first three months in France’s adoption system.

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Kiss & Tell

France | 2018 | 89 minutes | Michel Blanc

Opens September 29, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Carole Bouquet and Charlotte Rampling’s families tangle with adultery, paranoia, and a runaway husband in the mix, in this twisty ensemble comedy.

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Stars By the Pound

France | 2018 | 88 minutes | Marie-Sophie Chambon

September 29, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Sixteen-year-old Lois has only one dream, to become an astronaut—but it looks like her weight might be an obstacle. But Amélie, Stannah, and Justine—three teenagers who also know about tough breaks—just might help her overcome it.

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Mother's Instinct

Belgium | 2018 | 97 minutes | Olivier Masset-Depasse

September 29, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

In this Hitchcockian thriller, when a sudden tragedy uproots the lives of two women and their families, they begin to question the relationships they once held so dear.

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The Trouble With You

France | 2018 | 107 minutes | Pierre Salvadori

September 30, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

The versatile Adèle Haenel and Pio Marmaï star in this amiable, silly, and sparky French cops-'n'-criminals romantic comedy about the devil inside every one of us.

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The Party's Over

France | 2018 | 90 minutes | Marie Garel-Weiss

September 30, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

The friendship between two co-dependent recovering heroin addicts is challenged when one resolves to build a new life and the other reverts to old habits.

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Real Love

France | 2018 | 95 minutes | Claire Burger

October 1, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Mario’s two daughters are 14 and 17, which proves a particularly complicated time for his wife Armelle to walk out on the three of them in this heartfelt drama.

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Father and Sons

France | 2019 | 90 minutes | Felix Moati

October 1, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Three crises—pre-adolescent angst, a 20-something breakup, and an ill-advised attempt at a midlife career change—bedevil a father and his two sons.

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Amin

France | 2018 | 91 minutes | Philippe Faucon

October 2, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Philippe Faucon’s understated drama is a subtle and tender evocation of a romance that develops between a lonely Senegalese immigrant and a French divorcée.

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Synonyms

Israel | 2019 | 123 minutes | Nadav Lapid

October 3, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

Desperate to escape his homeland’s militarism, a young Israeli man escapes to Paris and becomes besieged by both cultures in this audacious film based on the real-life experiences of writer/director Nadav Lapid.

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As Happy As Possible

France | 2019 | 92 minutes | Alain Raoust

October 3, 2019

SIFF Cinema Uptown

After 30-ish Salomé stumbles into a summer job as the caretaker of a waste-disposal site, it becomes a metaphor for the other society outcasts who turn up to join her in this off-kilter dramedy.

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