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French Films at the 2020 Chelsea Film Festival

Image: Lavande by Alexandra Naoum

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) will hold its 8th edition virtually on FilmFestival+ (also accessible through AppleTV) from October 15-18, 2020.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an event consisting of four days of screenings of independent shorts, feature-lengths and documentaries from emerging directors.

Here are the French and francophone films that are selected at this year’s edition:

SHORT & DOCUMENTARY FILMS

A RISING STAR By Jamel Zaouche
20 min | Comedy, Drama | 2019 

A young girl with a strong character, grows up in the hood in a dysfunctional family, with her depressive father and delinquent brother. She finds an outlet in fighting video games, a predominantly male universe. With the support of her friends, she competes in a tournament against the best players in the world in hopes of taking home the win and making a fresh start.


ALI’S CIRCLE By Antoine Beauvois-Boetti 15 min | Drama | 2019 

With the aid of a social worker, young Salman Ali is preparing to argue his case for permanent settlement in front of France’s National Court of Asylum. The process stirs up memories of a fateful game of buzkashi – Afghanistan’s national sport – and the life, land and loved ones he has left behind.


ALL BLOOD RUNS RED By Paul Mignot 11 min | Drama, Action | 2020 

Discover the story of Eugene Bullard: son of a slave, boxer, Francophile, Verdun hero, spy, jazz club owner, and the first African-American military pilot.


BEAUTY BOYS By Florent Gouelou
18 min | Drama, LGBTQ | 2019

  

In a small village, Leo, 17 years-old, has a strong taste for make-up. His big brother, Jules, who fears to be laughed at, stands against this passion. On the night of the open stage, Leo shows up in full drag.


CHICKEN OF THE DEAD By Julien David
10 min | Animation, Horror, Comedy | 2019 

Bernard Lepique is the CEO of a company specializing in the production of half-organic, half-antibiotic chickens. Today, he is launching their latest product.


IN THE STILL NIGHT By Jean-Baptiste Braud
16 min | Drama, Comedy | 2019 

Heartbroken, Matthew, an American art curator, wanders daydreaming through a maze of artworks in his hotel in Tokyo. That is, until he has a surreal encounter.


LA K-Z By Enricka MH
14 min | Drama | 2019 

Moussa a young boxer has a crush on Sanaa a girl from his neighborhood. Following the advice of Mathieu his friend, he decides to learn a mysterious discipline that could help him to seduce her: La K-Z.


LAVANDE By Alexandra Naoum
13 min | Drama | 2019

Sara is spending her summer at Daniel and Annie's small lavender production. The couple lives with their nephew Victor who is immersed in a deep mutism. Lavender tells the encounter of these 2 teenagers completely poles apart but that a family secret will soon unite.


LESCAY By Alain Agat, Christian Foret
50 min | Documentary | 2013

The film Lescay is part of a need to feed on the words of Caribbean artists, who have a singular view of the world. 
Here, there is no scholarly discourse, no analytical explanation of the work, only a simple and true conversation, an opportunity to expose a work both pictorial and sculptural. Alberto Lescay Merencio, the "Maestro" of Santiago de Cuba tells us some episodes of his life and entrusts us with his reflections on art.


LITTLE FRENCH FISH By Eva Lanska
13 min | Drama, Romance | 2019 

Lea is an artist from an Eastern European Jewish family. Djamil is а young man from the Middle East. They accidentally meet in Paris and fall in love. Their story is filled with passion, romance, and profound tenderness, but it cannot last long as they choose family traditions over their own happiness. Being apart is unbelievable, but will they change their mind if one day they have a second chance? One day, when they accidentally spot each other in a dark cinema hall.


SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE By Mathilde Petit
20 min | Drama, Comedy | 2019 

Manu lives in a dictatorship of happiness, a world of constant well-being, where sadness is strictly prohibited. But his heart has been broken, and acting happy is becoming increasingly ...


ZANMI By Nadia Charlery
10 min | Drama | 2019 

New Year’s Day 2019 in Martinique. As happens every year at this time, Alex and Samuel share a moment with family and friends. Every year, laughter flies to the rhythm of the champagne bottles’ opening. Between teasing and good-natured play, who will still be at the table to hear the twelve strokes of midnight?

 

DIRECTED BY FRENCH FILMMAKERS

AMERICART 2019 By Christelle Bois 82 min | Documentary | USA | 2020

Who said Art and culture were only found in New York City or Los Angeles? Created and Directed by Brooklyn photographer EFDLT Studio, AMERICART 2019 is a documentary film featuring interviews of everyday Americans in America’s Heartland talking about how Art is important in their life. Filmed on location during a month-long road trip from NYC to Sonoma County, CA, across Montgomery County, MD, Franklin, TN, Wichita, KS, McPherson, KS, Pueblo, Co, Glenwood Springs, CO, Elko, NV, Baker City, OR, Reno, NV and Sonoma County, CA.


DO U FOR U By Patricia Gloum 4 min | Music | USA | 2020

This short dance film will inspire those in hope of a unified brighter future. Robert and Jazmin are two dancers, one is a 20-year-old New Yorker, very tall beautiful male coming from tough childhood. He is an aspiring ballet dancer who went to Julliard. Jazmin, tiny incredible yogi and dancer from Mexico had to leave New York due to tough circumstances. This film shows how all cultures can unite, despite their differences.

 

SHOT IN FRANCE

BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS By Esteban Quesada 45 min | Documentary | Costa Rica | 2020

A young woman from a small town in Costa Rica dreams to become a professional Soccer Player. The story of Melissa Herrera, professional Soccer player of the State de Reims in France and Costa Rica National Women’s team.

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