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Trouble Every Day

Directed by Claire Denis | Written by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
American doctor Shane (Vincent Gallo) arrives in Paris for a honeymoon with his new young bride (Tricia Vessey), but the cuddles soon turn to carnal violence as Shane sneaks off in search of his true objective: his former colleague Leo (Alex Descas), who might be in possession of the antidote to a tropical virus that has transformed Leo's wife (Béatrice Dalle) into a ravenous sexual cannibal. Denis' delectably photographed yet shockingly violent imagery terrifies not so much by its goriness as by its correlations between intellect and instinct, ecstasy and agony, displaying the blurred and often interchangeable limits of human desire. READ MORE

Approved for Adoption

Directed by Laurent Boileau, Jung | Written by Laurent Boileau, Jung
This remarkable animated doc traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart. READ MORE

The Hooping Life

Directed by Amy Goldstein
THE HOOPING LIFE is the first film that captures the origins and rise of modern day hula-hooping – a.k.a hooping. With an introduction by hooper (of basketball and hula alike) Shaquille O’Neal, the film illuminates eight extraordinary stories of hoop devotees who have embraced it as an art form, a teaching aid, and even an instrument of redemption. British electronic duo BASEMENT JAXX provides the buoyant score that captures the free-spirited nature of hooping. The film celebrates the healing power of movement and the spirit of human inventiveness. READ MORE

The Belgian Job

Directed by Christian Merret-Palmair | Written by Christian Merret-Palmair
Willy Vanderbrook, a brilliant French Belgian who has become a citizen of the world, is approached about the job of concierge at one of Paris's great 5-star hotels. Willy's application, rejected because he's too Belgian, forces him to carrying out a ridiculous and royally vengeful deception. By pretending to be heir to the Belgian throne, Willy and his gang set off a series of joyful events in the Parisian 5-star establishment. READ MORE

The Past

Directed by Asghar Farhadi | Written by Asghar Farhadi
Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie's request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her daughter Lucie. Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. READ MORE

Camille Claudel 1915

Directed by Bruno Dumont | Written by Bruno Dumont
In CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as Auguste Rodin's protégé (and later mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel. Inspired by the correspondence between Paul and Camille, writer/director Bruno Dumont (Humanité, La Vie de Jesus) focuses on Camille Claudel's struggle to find understanding and recognition as an artist - and the moments before her brother's visit while she is confined to a mental institution. READ MORE

The Patience Stone

Directed by Atiq Rahimi | Written by Jean-Claude Carrière and Atiq Rahimi
Afghanistan wartime drama based on director Atiq Rahimi’s Prix Goncourt-winning novel. A partly allegorical tale, The Patience Stone follows a Muslim wife (Golshifteh Farahani) tending to her formerly abusive soldier husband who now lies comatose after being shot at war. With him in her care, she is able to speak to him for the first time without fear of censorship. READ MORE

Mademoiselle C

Directed by Fabien Constant | Written by Fabien Constant
Carine Roitfeld is the most renowned French fashion editor on the planet along with her opposite number at American Vogue, Anna Wintour. During her 10 years as editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris she was noted for her successes and scandals (“porno chic” was her creation). Last year, Roitfeld left Vogue Paris with the greatest challenge to date, create a new fashion magazine: CR. Having been granted unprecedented access, this documentary follows the making of a magazine from the first editorial meeting through to the extravagant launch party in New York. The filmmaker’s take on this subject is not to be too edgy but instead amusing and upbeat. Fashion, drama, power, models all circle around this most iconic of fashion editors, the most Parisian, the Eiffel Tower in 12 cm heels: the irreverent Mademoiselle C. Directed by journalist Fabien Constant, MADEMOISELLE C. also features interviews from Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace. READ MORE

You Will Be My Son

Directed by Gilles LeGrand | Written by Gilles LeGrand
Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family wine estate. But he has no faith in his son, Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), who works at the vineyard. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son—a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his dying estate manager (Patrick Chesnais). Can Paul turn against his own blood and turn Philippe into the rightful heir of his family estate? READ MORE

Blue is the Warmest Color

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche | Written by Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix. Based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is approaching adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. READ MORE

The Tiger Brigades

Directed by Jérôme Cornuau | Written by Jérôme Cornuau
Set in Belle-Epoque Paris against a backdrop of political and international intrigue, Tiger Brigades is the modern adaptation of a legendary TV series which tells the story of Inspector Valentin and his Tiger Brigade men as they battle against corrupt civil servants, anarchist gangsters and the manipulative Constance, the seductive wife of a Russian prince. READ MORE

We're Here to Help on Digital

Directed by Jonothan Cullinane | Written by Jonothan Cullinane
A Kafka-esque comedy based on the true story of one man's David-and-Goliath battle with the biggest bureaucracy of all - the tax department. He wins, they lose! READ MORE

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