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The Wave Film Festival

Take a 7–day cinematic trip to France through the Wave Film Festival with 11 exciting new French films that will play from Friday, July 12 – Thursday, July 18 at SBIFF’s Riviera Theatre.

A film schedule is available below and on the SBIFF website, along with links to buy all access passes and tickets available now.

Friday, July 12: 

  • 7:30pm – Mothers' Instinct
  • 9:30pm – Treat Me Like Fire

Saturday, July 13: 

  • 2:30pm – Real Love
  • 4:45pm – An Impossible Love
  • 7:30pm – The Freshmen
  • 9:30pm – The Trouble with You

Sunday, July 14:

  • 2:30pm – The Prayer
  • 5:00pm – A Faithful Man
  • 7:30pm – Father and Sons
  • 9:30pm – Escape from Raqqa

Monday, July 15:

  • 2:30pm – In Safe Hands
  • 5:00pm – The Freshmen
  • 7:30pm – An Impossible Love

Tuesday, July 16: 

  • 2:30pm – The Trouble with You
  • 5:00pm – Mothers' Instinct
  • 7:30pm – The Prayer

Wednesday, July 17:

  • 2:30pm – Treat Me Like Fire
  • 5:00pm – In Safe Hands
  • 7:30pm – Real Love

Thursday, July 18:

  • 2:30pm – Escape from Raqqa
  • 5:00pm – Father and Sons
  • 7:30pm – A Faithful Man

Escape from Raqqa (Exfiltrés) – Misleading her husband about her travel plans, Faustine leaves Paris with their five-year-old son for Raqqa, an ISIS-controlled city. Finding herself in a desperate situation, Faustine sends an urgent plea to get them out. With French authorities powerless to help, her husband arranges a high-risk exfiltration operation to save his wife and son. Based on a true story.
Directed by: Emmanuel Hamon
Written by: Benjamin Dupas
Starring: Swann Arlaud, Finnegan Oldfield, Jisca Kalvanda, Charles Berling
Year: 2019
Runtime: 102 min
Language: French and Arabic with English subtitles
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Father and Sons (Deux Fils) – Joseph and his sons form a close-knit family but fail to see that each is losing control of his life. One son spends most of his time daydreaming about his ex-girlfriend. The other is a misfit at school despite being smart. Joseph has secretly left medicine to become a writer. While there is plenty of affection at home, all three are also clumsily searching for love.
Directed by: Félix Moati
Written by: Félix Moati, Florence Seyvos
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Benoît Poelvoorde, Anaïs Demoustier, Mathieu Capella
Year: 2018
Runtime: 90 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Le Pacte

A Faithful Man (L'Homme Fidèle) – Abel is a dashing journalist whose pregnant girlfriend, Marianne, leaves him to marry Paul, the father of her baby (who happens to be Abel’s best friend). So begins a tale that stretches over years until Marianne reappears, as does Eva, Paul’s impetuous younger sister. 
Directed by: Louis Garrel
Written by: Jean-Claude Carrière, Louis Garrel
Starring: Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Louis Garrel
Year: 2018
Runtime: 75 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Distributor: Le Pacte

The Freshmen (Première Année) – Antoine starts his first year of medical school—for the third time. Benjamin, fresh out of high school, will have his first stab at it. He soon realizes that it’s more difficult than he thought. With nights dedicated to hard studying, rather than hard partying, the two will have to adapt and find a middle ground between despair for the present and hope for the future.
Directed and written by: Thomas Lilti
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil, Michel Lerousseau, Darina Al Joundi
Year: 2018
Runtime: 92 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Le Pacte

An Impossible Love (Un Amour Impossible) – Rachel, a young office clerk in a provincial town, meets Philippe, a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived romance, leaving Rachel a single mother. Over the next 50 years, their lives are shaped by love—between a mother and daughter, by a woman for a man who rejects her, and by a daughter for an absent and abusive father.
Directed by: Catherine Corsini
Written by: Catherine Corsini and Laurette Polmanss
Starring: Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Jehnny Beth, Estelle Lescure
Year: 2018
Runtime: 135 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Le Pacte

Mothers' Instinct (Duelles) – Alice and Céline live in adjoining houses, leading parallel bourgeois lives in 1960s Belgium. They are best friends, as are their boys, who have grown up like brothers. This perfect harmony is broken when tragedy strikes Céline’s son, with Alice as the only witness. As Céline’s behavior becomes more and more suspicious, Alice fears her friend is seeking revenge.
Directed by: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Written by: Olivier Masset-Depass, Giordano Gederlini
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Anne Coesens, Mehdi Nebbou
Year: 2018
Runtime: 97 minutes
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Indie Sales

In Safe Hands (Pupille) – When baby Theo’s birth mother surrenders him to adoption, the officers of child protection services are called into action. The baby is entrusted to Jean—no stranger to the foster system—who takes the newborn until a suitable home can be found. Alice, who has wanted to be a mother for a long time, faces the prospect that her dream could finally come true.
Directed and written by: Jeanne Herry
Starring: Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Élodie Bouchez, Miou-Miou, Stéfi Celma
Year: 2018
Runtime: 107 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Studiocanal

The Prayer (La Prière) – Thomas is a drug addict who joins a community of former addicts living in the mountains who use prayer as a way to cure themselves. Thomas gradually accepts a life of discipline, abstinence, hard work, and frequent prayer. He discovers faith, but also love—and a new kind of torment.
Directed by: Cédric Kahn
Written by: Cédric Kahn, Samuel Doux, Fanny Burdino
Starring: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Alex Brendemühl, Hanna Schygulla
Year: 2018
Runtime: 107 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Le Pacte

Real Love (C'est ça l'amour) – Mario is back to square one after his wife leaves home, and he now must raise his two adolescent daughters on his own. Niki, at seventeen, is about to leave the nest. Fourteen-year-old Frida blames her dad for her parents’ separation—and begins to explore her sexuality. Through it all, Mario must find ways to redefine himself as the women in his life create lives of their own.
Directed and written by: Claire Burger
Starring: Bouli Lanners, Justine Lacroix, Sarah Henochsberg
Year: 2018
Runtime: 98 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Indie Sales

The Trouble with You (En Liberté!) – Yvonne is a police detective and the widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she learns that her husband was a crooked cop, she sets out to right the wrongs he committed. Crossing paths with a man who was unjustly imprisoned leads to a sequence of wild mishaps—and a mixture of action, romance, and screwball comedy.
Directed by: Pierre Salvadori
Written by: Benjamin Charbit, Benoît Graffin, Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Damien Bonnard, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Elbaz
Year: 2018
Runtime: 108 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Memento Films

Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) – When she meets Abel, Ella’s life is turned upside down. Irresistibly drawn to this elusive lover, the young woman discovers the cosmopolitan, underground world of the gaming circles of Paris, where adrenaline and money reign supreme. Their love story, begun as a mere bet, turns into a devouring passion.
Directed by: Marie Monge
Written by: Marie Monge, Julien Guetta
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Stacy Martin, Bruno Wolkowitch
Year: 2018
Runtime: 105 min
Language: French with English subtitles
​​​​​​​Distributor: Bac Films