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French Films at the 56th Chicago International Film Festival

Explore this year's selection of French films at the 56th Annual Chicago International Film Festival.

The 56th Chicago International Film Festival is a bit different than you may have experienced in the past. This year, the festival is combining streaming on-demand and appointment screenings and an in-person drive-in theatre experience along with virtual filmmaker Q&As, a completely online Industry Days and, for the first time in 2020, many films will be accessible to national audiences via the Festival’s streaming platform.

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago

The festival has once again included many french films and coproductions in every selection.


PROGRAM : French Films

Kubrick by Kubrick (Kubrick par Kubrick)
Directed by Gregory Monro (2020, France & Poland)
Genres Documentary
Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the Midwestern United States (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri).
A trove of never-before-heard audio recordings forms the spine of this cinematic essay on the methods and madness of master director Stanley Kubrick.

Little Girl (Petite Fille)
Directed by  Sébastien Lifshitz (2020, France)
Genres Documentary, Family Affairs, LGBTQ, Sex and Sexuality
Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.
In this beautifully crafted gem of a film about the joys and pain of living your truth, seven-year-old Sasha works to realize her lifelong dream of being accepted as a girl by her peers, by her parents and by her extended family.

Spring Blossom (16 Printemps)
Directed by  Suzanne Lindon (2020, France)
Genres Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality
Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States
Writer-director Suzanne Lindon delivers an astonishingly assured turn as a restless Parisian teen bored by her peers and confronting her burgeoning sexuality. She embarks on a love affair with an actor 20 years her senior—only to wonder if the more innocent pleasures of youth are passing her by.

Summer of ’85 (Été 85)
Directed by  François Ozon (2020, France)
Genres Coming of Age, Drama, Romance, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States
A summer romance takes a dark turn in this mesmerizing coming-of age story set on the Normandy coast. Shot on 16 mm film and immersed in peak 1980s fashion and music, inimitable French filmmaker François Ozon’s hypnotic tale slowly builds and then races head-on toward an inexorable conclusion.


PROGRAM : French Shorts

“They Salivate” (Ils salivent)
Directed by  Ariane Boukerche (2020,France)
This film is available as part of Shorts 3: A Creeping Chill (After Dark)
A couple’s kiss becomes an unforgettable, hypnotic study of human relationships.

“The Doe” (La Biche)
Directed by  Jennifer Lumbroso (2020, France)
This film is available as part of Shorts 3: A Creeping Chill (After Dark)
After an accident in the French countryside, a woman feverishly escapes to the woods in order to survive. She becomes The Doe.

“Melting Heart Cake” (Cœur Fondant)
Directed by  Benoît Chieux (2020, France)
This film is available as part of Shorts 9: Daydreams (Family-Friendly Animation)
Excited to share a sweet treat with a friend, Anna must first pass through a spooky forest supposedly haunted by a bearded giant.


PROGRAM : French co-productions

Gaza Mon Amour, Dirs. Tarzan & Arab Nasser

Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades), Dir. João Paulo Miranda Maria,

New Order (Nuevo orden), Dir. Michel Franco

Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois), Dir. Philippe Lacôte

Notturno, Dir. Gianfranco Rosi, Masters

The Ties (Lacci), Dir. Daniele Luchetti

Homeless Home, Dir. Alberto Vázquez

Tie, Dir. Alexandra Ramires

Step Into the River (He An), Dir. Weijia Ma

The Last Day of Autumn (Le dernier jour d’automne), Dir. Marjolaine Perreten

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