festivals

100 Years Later: France and America Commemorate the Great War

Sept 2014 - Feb 2015
The Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago presents a series of events to commemorate the WWI centennial in partnership with Midwest institutions.
events

Harcourt, Le Mythe : 80 ans, A Book Signing with Dominique Besnehard

Monday, March 30, 2015
Albertine Books in French and English
French actor, author, film producer, and talent manager Dominique Besnehard will sign Harcourt, Le Mythe : 80 ans (La Martinière, 2014) and Casino d’hiver (Plon, 2014).
events

French Films at New Directors/New Films

March 18 - March 29, 2015
Various Locations
Each year, New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to a brand new lineup of fresh faces on the filmmaking scene. The 44th edition of the festival starts this week and includes 3 beautiful French films: Benjamin Crotty's Fort Buchanan, Sarah Léonor's The Great Man and Virgil Vernier' Mercuriales.
events

FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA 2015

March 27 - 31, 2015
Various Locations
Join the Alliance Française of Greenwich as they celebrate the 11th edition of Focus on French Cinema, the acclaimed showcase for new cinema from France and across the French-speaking world, returns to Connecticut and New York March 27- 31st with an exciting line-up of 16 feature films including 1 World Premiere, 6 U.S. Premieres, 2 New York Premieres, 25 César Nominations, 10 César Wins, and 1 Oscar Nomination, as well as an award-winning selection of short films.
events

May Allah Bless France! A Conversation with Abd Al Malik and Hisham Aidi

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Albertine Books in French and English

Join us for a conversation with French slam artist, poet, writer, and film director Abd al Malik about his literary work and autobiographical feature film 

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CHIC!

The ruthless director Hélène Birk reigns over the prestigious haute couture fashion house led by the world-renowned designer Alicia Ricosi. Following her recent breakup, creative block gets the better of Alicia. However, the timing could not be worse, with the deadline of her next collection around the corner, Hélène must find a fast solution in order to help Alicia regain her creative mojo!
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24 DAYS

In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom.
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FÉLIX AND MEIRA

FÉLIX AND MEIRA is a calling card for its young director, Maxime Giroux; a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. Each lost in their everyday lives, Meira (Hadas Yaron), a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father, unexpectedly meet in a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Felix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she knows or give it all up to be with Félix. Giroux’s film is a poignant and touching tale of self-discovery set against the backdrops of Montreal, Brooklyn, and Venice, Italy.
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LOU!

Lou is 12. She’s been best friends with Mina since daycare, and she’s been in love with Tristan, her neighbor since preschool. Her mom has set aside her own personal life over the past few years to dedicate herself to her daughter, but their little bubble bursts when Mom starts a new relationship with Richard and Lou finally plucks up the courage to speak to Tristan.
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Full Moon in Paris

Louise, a young interior decorator keeps two residences—one with her boyfriend, Remi, and one without. She chases the freedom of the single life in her Paris pied-à-terre, while Remi stays in the other residence, seemingly a homebody. Rohmer’s finely drawn characterization brings out the confusions and small devotions that complicate a familiar paradox, rarely rendered with such subtlety and maturity.
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Marie's Story

At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls.
— Claude Lelouch