French Cinema Now | September 29-October 6, 2016

A SIFF mini-festival showcasing new Francophone cinema, with seasoned directors like Robert Guédiguian, Eugène Green, and Danielle Arbid playing alongside relative newcomers like Mélanie Laurent, Louis Garrel, Guy Edoin, and Jihane Chouaib. With spectacular performances from celebrated actors in diverse films, explosive dramas to unpredictable comedies to historical epics, this year's mini-festival truly offers something for everybody. This week-long event will feature more than 17 extraordinary features and documentaries.

Programmed films:

LOST IN PARIS
September 29
Opening Night Film & Party

France | 2016 | 82 minutes | Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon

The filmmaking duo of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (The Fairy) return with a whimsical adventure about a small town librarian who heads to Paris to help her elderly aunt (Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva), but after a slew of wild catastrophes finds herself relying on a a seductive but annoying bum who refuses to leave her alone.

IRREPLACEABLE
September 30
France | 2016 | 102 minutes | Thomas Lilti

In this tender drama from doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti, a beloved country doctor (François Cluzet, Intouchables) is diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease and is forced to train his eventual replacement, a colleague from the city (Marianne Denicourt) whose views on medicine, and bedside manner with the idiosyncratic rural patients, challenge the future of his practice.

AFTER LOVE
September 30
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Joachim Lafosse

In this slice of life family drama the marriage of Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) is all but over, and yet they continue to cohabitate, along with their precocious daughters, the spacious apartment they have shared over the past decade, and each tries to hold on to what they think they contributed to their life together.

BAD SEEDS
September 30
Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 105 minutes | Louis Bélanger

This Québécois crime comedy follows a struggling actor and a wily farmer who conspire to raise a cannabis cash crop and are caught by a free spirited utilities inspector. Rather than turn them in, she becomes their newest partner, and with her help the winter harvest looks to be a bumper crop.

MADE IN FRANCE
October 1
France | 2015 | 89 minutes | Nicolas Boukhrief

Unexpectedly and unfortunately topical, this powerful, nail-biting thriller explores home-grown terrorism by following a journalist who infiltrates the Islamic fundamentalist networks operating in the Parisian high-rise suburbs, uncovering a group of four youths who have been given the mission to create a jihadist cell and to spread chaos throughout Paris.

THE OUTSIDER
October 1
France | 2016 | 117 minutes | Christophe Barratier

Based on a true story, this riveting financial thriller from Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) is like a French version of The Big Short, showcasing how in 2008, Jérôme Kerviel, a 31-year-old trader at one of the largest banks in Europe, staged an extravagant five billion Euro gamble alone and in secret - an act of fraud that lead to one of the worst financial crisis in history.
 

TOMORROW
October 1
France | 2015 | 118 minutes | Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent

One of France's biggest hits of the past year follows directors Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion as they travel the globe to uncover the major environmental issues facing the world. But instead of dire warnings, this hopeful documentary explores new ways of thinking and practical solutions that illustrate a positive plan for reversing global decline and building a better future.

TWO FRIENDS
October 1
France | 2015 | 92 minutes | Louis Garrel, Christophe Honoré

Actor-director Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) stars in this sweet, sour, and racy romantic comedy about two mismatched best friends - one a suave loverboy, the other a schluby film extra - who both fall for the same woman, a coffee shop attendant with a dark past.

VILLE-MARIE
October 1
Canada (Québec) | 2015 | 101 minutes | Guy Édoin

While shooting a film in Montréal, a French actress (the luminous Monica Bellucci) tries to mend relations with her son, who after witnessing a disturbing event, has a renewed interest in discovering the indentity of his father. Elsewhere in the city, an ambulance driver tries to keep a hold on his life while a kind-hearted nurse watches over him in the chaos of the emergency room. The collision of these four leaves their lives changed forever.

THE FABULOUS PATARS
October 2
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Sophie Reine

Beloved French actor and filmmaker Gustave Kervern stars as Denis Patar, a loving but overworked single father struggling to raise a pair of boisterous young daughters while holding down two jobs. After a cheerful social worker challenges the Patar family's eccentric lifestyle, Denis' life becomes even more hectic when he is forced to attend a parental training course.

PARISIENNE
October 2
France | 2015 | 119 minutes | Danielle Arbid

French-Lebanese director Danielle Arbid draws on personal experience in this captivating drama about an 18-year-old student (Manal Issa, in a stunning performance), newly arrived in 1990s Paris, who must negotiate both the turbulence of youth and the challenges faced by young female immigrants. 
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the History of French Colonialism and its impact on immigration in France.

DON'T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD

October 2
France | 2015 | 140 minutes | Robert Guédiguian

Set in late 1970s Paris, Robert Guédiguian's thrilling drama explores the personal tolls of political radicalism after an angry young man chooses to protest the legacy of the Armenian Genocide by bombing the car of the Turkish Ambassador. When his actions end up seriously wounding a harmless bystander, he begins to question his commitment to a cause that is willing to sacrifice the innocent.

OGRES
October 2
France | 2016 | 142 minutes | Léa Fehner

Drama is never in short supply at the traveling theatrical company Chekhov Cabaret, where a close-knit group of actors share everything - family, work, friendship, and even the occasional drunken orgy. Through good times and bad, the troupe's sense of humor and often brutal honesty helps these eccentric nomads never forget what really matters: the theatre. Winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award at the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival.

RESET
October 3
France | 2016 | 109 minutes | Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai

Introduction by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Filmmakers Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai take you on an immersive behind-the-scenes tour of the Opéra National de Paris, where artistic director Benjamin Millepied, the man behind the ballet for the film Black Swan, spends three exhaustive months crafting his first gala production for the company.

GO HOME
October 4
France | 2015 | 98 minutes | Jihane Chouaib

Beirut-born filmmaker Jihane Chouaib presents a moving study of life in modern-day Lebanon as told through the story of a young woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, in a magnetic performance) who returns to her rural childhood home after years abroad in France. Unwelcome by the villagers and haunted by the murder of her grandfather during civil war, she begins to search for answers and discovers something unexpected - herself.

A KID
October 5
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Phillippe Lioret

After a thirty-something divorced Parisian (Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger by the Lake) receives a call notifying him that the father he has never known has passed away, he heads to Montréal for the funeral, only to discover that his unknown family, including two step brothers, aren't aware of his existence - or even interested in it.

EVA & LEON
October 6
France | 2015 | 85 minutes | Émilie Cherpitel

This charming and heart-warming story of unlikely friendship in the heart of Paris begins when a free-spirited single professional woman (Clotilde Hesme from the hit Netflix series "Les Revenants") visits her favorite café and meets a thoughtful and surprisingly mature 10-year-old orphan on a mission to find his mother.
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the social changes for children growing up in France at three different moments in time: 1950's, 1980's, 2010's.

TICKETS
Individual tickets: $12 | $11 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+) | $7 Members
Festival Pass: $75 | $50 Members

Seattle Seattle

Seattle French Cinema Now 2016

When
September 29, 2016 - October 6, 2016
Where
Seattle
Seattle

French Cinema Now | September 29-October 6, 2016

A SIFF mini-festival showcasing new Francophone cinema, with seasoned directors like Robert Guédiguian, Eugène Green, and Danielle Arbid playing alongside relative newcomers like Mélanie Laurent, Louis Garrel, Guy Edoin, and Jihane Chouaib. With spectacular performances from celebrated actors in diverse films, explosive dramas to unpredictable comedies to historical epics, this year's mini-festival truly offers something for everybody. This week-long event will feature more than 17 extraordinary features and documentaries.

Programmed films:

LOST IN PARIS
September 29
Opening Night Film & Party

France | 2016 | 82 minutes | Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon

The filmmaking duo of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel (The Fairy) return with a whimsical adventure about a small town librarian who heads to Paris to help her elderly aunt (Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva), but after a slew of wild catastrophes finds herself relying on a a seductive but annoying bum who refuses to leave her alone.

IRREPLACEABLE
September 30
France | 2016 | 102 minutes | Thomas Lilti

In this tender drama from doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti, a beloved country doctor (François Cluzet, Intouchables) is diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease and is forced to train his eventual replacement, a colleague from the city (Marianne Denicourt) whose views on medicine, and bedside manner with the idiosyncratic rural patients, challenge the future of his practice.

AFTER LOVE
September 30
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Joachim Lafosse

In this slice of life family drama the marriage of Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) and Boris (Cédric Kahn) is all but over, and yet they continue to cohabitate, along with their precocious daughters, the spacious apartment they have shared over the past decade, and each tries to hold on to what they think they contributed to their life together.

BAD SEEDS
September 30
Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 105 minutes | Louis Bélanger

This Québécois crime comedy follows a struggling actor and a wily farmer who conspire to raise a cannabis cash crop and are caught by a free spirited utilities inspector. Rather than turn them in, she becomes their newest partner, and with her help the winter harvest looks to be a bumper crop.

MADE IN FRANCE
October 1
France | 2015 | 89 minutes | Nicolas Boukhrief

Unexpectedly and unfortunately topical, this powerful, nail-biting thriller explores home-grown terrorism by following a journalist who infiltrates the Islamic fundamentalist networks operating in the Parisian high-rise suburbs, uncovering a group of four youths who have been given the mission to create a jihadist cell and to spread chaos throughout Paris.

THE OUTSIDER
October 1
France | 2016 | 117 minutes | Christophe Barratier

Based on a true story, this riveting financial thriller from Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) is like a French version of The Big Short, showcasing how in 2008, Jérôme Kerviel, a 31-year-old trader at one of the largest banks in Europe, staged an extravagant five billion Euro gamble alone and in secret - an act of fraud that lead to one of the worst financial crisis in history.
 

TOMORROW
October 1
France | 2015 | 118 minutes | Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent

One of France's biggest hits of the past year follows directors Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion as they travel the globe to uncover the major environmental issues facing the world. But instead of dire warnings, this hopeful documentary explores new ways of thinking and practical solutions that illustrate a positive plan for reversing global decline and building a better future.

TWO FRIENDS
October 1
France | 2015 | 92 minutes | Louis Garrel, Christophe Honoré

Actor-director Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) stars in this sweet, sour, and racy romantic comedy about two mismatched best friends - one a suave loverboy, the other a schluby film extra - who both fall for the same woman, a coffee shop attendant with a dark past.

VILLE-MARIE
October 1
Canada (Québec) | 2015 | 101 minutes | Guy Édoin

While shooting a film in Montréal, a French actress (the luminous Monica Bellucci) tries to mend relations with her son, who after witnessing a disturbing event, has a renewed interest in discovering the indentity of his father. Elsewhere in the city, an ambulance driver tries to keep a hold on his life while a kind-hearted nurse watches over him in the chaos of the emergency room. The collision of these four leaves their lives changed forever.

THE FABULOUS PATARS
October 2
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Sophie Reine

Beloved French actor and filmmaker Gustave Kervern stars as Denis Patar, a loving but overworked single father struggling to raise a pair of boisterous young daughters while holding down two jobs. After a cheerful social worker challenges the Patar family's eccentric lifestyle, Denis' life becomes even more hectic when he is forced to attend a parental training course.

PARISIENNE
October 2
France | 2015 | 119 minutes | Danielle Arbid

French-Lebanese director Danielle Arbid draws on personal experience in this captivating drama about an 18-year-old student (Manal Issa, in a stunning performance), newly arrived in 1990s Paris, who must negotiate both the turbulence of youth and the challenges faced by young female immigrants. 
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the History of French Colonialism and its impact on immigration in France.

DON'T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD

October 2
France | 2015 | 140 minutes | Robert Guédiguian

Set in late 1970s Paris, Robert Guédiguian's thrilling drama explores the personal tolls of political radicalism after an angry young man chooses to protest the legacy of the Armenian Genocide by bombing the car of the Turkish Ambassador. When his actions end up seriously wounding a harmless bystander, he begins to question his commitment to a cause that is willing to sacrifice the innocent.

OGRES
October 2
France | 2016 | 142 minutes | Léa Fehner

Drama is never in short supply at the traveling theatrical company Chekhov Cabaret, where a close-knit group of actors share everything - family, work, friendship, and even the occasional drunken orgy. Through good times and bad, the troupe's sense of humor and often brutal honesty helps these eccentric nomads never forget what really matters: the theatre. Winner of the VPRO Big Screen Award at the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival.

RESET
October 3
France | 2016 | 109 minutes | Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai

Introduction by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Filmmakers Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai take you on an immersive behind-the-scenes tour of the Opéra National de Paris, where artistic director Benjamin Millepied, the man behind the ballet for the film Black Swan, spends three exhaustive months crafting his first gala production for the company.

GO HOME
October 4
France | 2015 | 98 minutes | Jihane Chouaib

Beirut-born filmmaker Jihane Chouaib presents a moving study of life in modern-day Lebanon as told through the story of a young woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, in a magnetic performance) who returns to her rural childhood home after years abroad in France. Unwelcome by the villagers and haunted by the murder of her grandfather during civil war, she begins to search for answers and discovers something unexpected - herself.

A KID
October 5
France | 2016 | 98 minutes | Phillippe Lioret

After a thirty-something divorced Parisian (Pierre Deladonchamps, Stranger by the Lake) receives a call notifying him that the father he has never known has passed away, he heads to Montréal for the funeral, only to discover that his unknown family, including two step brothers, aren't aware of his existence - or even interested in it.

EVA & LEON
October 6
France | 2015 | 85 minutes | Émilie Cherpitel

This charming and heart-warming story of unlikely friendship in the heart of Paris begins when a free-spirited single professional woman (Clotilde Hesme from the hit Netflix series "Les Revenants") visits her favorite café and meets a thoughtful and surprisingly mature 10-year-old orphan on a mission to find his mother.
Film preceded by 30-minute introduction by Virginie Paradis of French Truly on the social changes for children growing up in France at three different moments in time: 1950's, 1980's, 2010's.

TICKETS
Individual tickets: $12 | $11 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+) | $7 Members
Festival Pass: $75 | $50 Members

 

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