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French Drama in the Spotlight at Princeton Princeton New Jersey 08544 USA

French Films at the Saint Louis International Film Festival

Whatever Happened to my revolution by Judith Davis

Robert French and French-Language Focus

Sponsored by Jane M. & Bruce P. Robert Charitable Foundation, with support by Centre Francophone at Webster University, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago & New York, and TV5MONDE

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the TurtlesBuñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Salvador Simó
In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master filmmaker, “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” tells the true story behind a fascinating episode in cinematic history, featuring sensitive performances and excerpts from Buñuel’s filmography to present a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.

By the Grace of GodBy the Grace of God
François Ozon
Based on events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the conduct of a predatory priest, “By the Grace of God” compassionately illustrates the effects of trauma on survivors and their families in an urgent portrait of resistance that explores both the power of mobilization and the mysteries of faith.

The ChambermaidThe Chambermaid
Lila Avilés
In her feature debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail.

The Clay MenThe Clay Men
Mourad Boucif
More than a war film, The Clay Men is a fable about the human condition that tells an untold story of Morrocan soldiers during WW2.

Dilili in ParisDilili in Paris
Michel Ocelot
This charming new film from master animator Michel Ocelot (“Kirikou and the Sorceress,” “Azur & Asmar”) travels to the upper reaches and lower depths of Paris in the Belle Epoque with Dilili, a graceful young girl with eagle-eyed smarts, as she investigates a kidnapping plot by the mysterious Male-Masters.

 Science & CyberspaceDoc Shorts: Science & Cyberspace
A wide-ranging program of films that explore science, technology, and cyberspace.

A Faithful ManA Faithful Man
Louis Garrel

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with Marianne (Laetitia Casta), his recently his recently widowed old flame.

FrankieFrankie
Ira Sachs
Unfolding over the course of a late summer's day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal — known for its dense gardens and gorgeous villas and palaces — “Frankie” follows the family members who have gathered for a vacation organized by the matriarch (Isabelle Huppert).

 AnimationNarrative Shorts: Animation
This impressively diverse program of animation features drugs, dogs, motorcycles, and much, much more.

 Immigrants & RefugeesNarrative Shorts: Immigrants & Refugees
A selection of tales from different countries that speak to our universal connections.

 International AnimationNarrative Shorts: International Animation
Vibrant imaginations and fascinating colors combine in this program of animation from around the world.

 International ComedyNarrative Shorts: International Comedy
This collection proves that laughter truly is a universal language.

 International DramaNarrative Shorts: International Drama
Worldly stories that test your mettle and tug at your heart.

 Marriage StoriesNarrative Shorts: Marriage Stories
As a bookend to our opening-night film, SLIFF offers a closing-night collection of shorts that explore the good and the bad of married life.

 Mind BendersNarrative Shorts: Mind Benders
A potpourri of brain-warping comedies, animated films, and experimental shorts.

The Orchestra ClassThe Orchestra Class (part of our Young French Cinema Series)
Rachid Hami

This inspiring ode to the transformative power of music unfolds with a refreshingly low-key naturalism.

Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait of a Lady on Fire
Céline Sciamma
Céline Sciamma’s film, which won both the Best Screenplay prize and the Queer Palm at Cannes earlier this year, is a movie about the pleasures of observing, and being observed. It takes place at a remote chateau in Brittany in the waning days of the ancien régime, as the painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) arrives with a peculiar mission: create a portrait of young noblewoman Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) without her noticing.

Show Me What You GotShow Me What You Got
Svetlana Cvetko

“Show Me What You Got” tells an unconventional love story — one firmly rooted in the times in which we live — that takes three adventurous characters from Los Angeles to Italy on a journey of self-discovery.

SynonymsSynonyms
Nadav Lapid
Desperate to erase his origins, young Israeli Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation.

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
Guillaume Brac

The delightful “Treasure Island” follows the patrons and staff members of a water park in the Paris suburbs over the course of a summer season.

The TruthThe Truth
Hirokazu Koreeda
Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”) journeys to France for his latest work recruits and recruts an impressive roster of international talent to star including Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche.

Varda by AgnèsVarda by Agnès
Agnès Varda

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career.

Whatever Happened to My RevolutionWhatever Happened to My Revolution (part of our Young French Cinema Series)
Judith Davis
In this hilarious, whip-smart comedy, first-time director Judith Davis examines the frustrations of a generation that came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Zombi ChildZombi Child
Bertrand Bonello
In “Zombi Child,” which debuted at Cannes, stylish French director Bertrand Bonello (“Saint Laurent,” “House of Pleasures,” “Nocturama”) offers his unique take on the horror film.

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