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POSTPONED | The Confession Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC

CANCELED: French Films at the 23rd Annual Chicago European Union Festival

Twelve Thousands by Nadège Trebal

From March 6 through April 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival.  This largest festival in North America exclusively showcasing films originating in the European Union brings the vibrant cultures of Europe to the comfort of your theater seat, with director Nadège Trebal in person and selected titles from our Young French Cinema Program.

Supported by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of French Embassy in Chicago


JOAN OF ARC (JEANNE) Director Bruno Dumont (2019)
Saturday, March 7, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Following his eccentric musical Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc, French iconoclast Bruno Dumont returns to the fifteenth century and the life of Joan of Arc with this stand-alone feature detailing Joan's arrest, trial, and execution.

REAL LOVE (C'EST ÇA L'AMOUR) Director Claire Burger (2018)
Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm
Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm
This wise, warm comedy-drama is about letting go and moving on, along with the power of art to give us some perspective on our messy emotions. Part of Young French Cinema program

SIBYL Director Justine Triet (2019)
Friday, March 13, 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 15, 3:00 pm
In her third and most accomplished film, Justine Triet (AGE OF PANIC) confirms her promise as one of France's most talented young directors, with a special knack for depicting female protagonists recklessly testing the tenuous borderlines between their professional and private lives.

YOUNG AHMED (LE JEUNE AHMED) Directors Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France, 2019)
Saturday, March 14, 3:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm

With YOUNG AHMED, the Dardenne brothers (THE SON; TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT), Europe’s foremost social realists, tackle their most daring and ethically challenging subject yet, with this story of a 13-year-old Belgian Muslim boy who has become radicalized in the name of jihad. 

Friday, March 20, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 pm

A low-key and deceptively modest film with considerable emotional and political depth, AS HAPPY AS POSSIBLE uses a tiny, seemingly marginal microcosm to evoke the spirit of a lost generation that is leaving their twenties behind with diminished expectations for an uncertain future. Part of Young French Cinema program

Nadège Trebal in person!
TWELVE THOUSAND (DOUZE MILLE) Director Nadège Trebal (2019)
Sunday, March 29, 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 pm
The intertwined but often opposing forces of love and money are at the heart of this auspicious first feature, which takes a gritty proletarian tale out of Dardenne/Loach playbook and infuses it with vibrant doses of eroticism, romanticism, poetry, and dance. Part of Young French Cinema program