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French Films at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

MY DONKEY, MY LOVER AND I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes) directed by Caroline Vignal (2019)

From May 13-23, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society welcomes you to the 40th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. MSPIFF is Minnesota’s only international film festival and among the largest and longest-running film festivals in the country. MSPIFF40 will be a hybrid festival with outdoor and virtual screenings that will showcase 100+ feature length and 50+ short bold and exciting new films by emerging and veteran filmmakers representing more than 100 cultures from around the globe including a selected titles from our Young French Cinema Program.

French Films



9 DAYS IN RAQQA 

Raqqa, Syria was a city under siege. Bombed, wrecked, barely holding on, it struggles to rebuild. Leila Mustafa is a Kurd and Syrian and the new mayor of Raqqa. When a French writer crosses the border to meet her, she has only 9 days to capture Mustafa’s story. This is it.
Directed by Xavier de Lauzanne (2020). More info


LITTLE GIRL

“When I grow up, I’ll be a girl.” So claims 3-year-old Sasha, whose working-class parents struggle to help her navigate in a world that doesn’t want to accept that just because Sasha was born a boy, she is truly a little girl. Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz (2020). More info


MA BELLE, MA BEAUTY

Bertie and Fred are musicians, living a somewhat carefree life in the French countryside. Fred’s a musician from France, Bertie’s a New Orleans jazz singer struggling with depression. When Lane, an old flame, shows up, she reignites passion in both in Marion Hill’s gorgeous and surprisingly emotional debut that earned a Sundance Audience Award. Directed by Marion Hill (2021). More info


THE MONOPOLY OF VIOLENCE

As part of the so-called “yellow vest” movement, French citizens took to the streets to oppose government policies. The state responded with unprecedented levels of police violence. Filmmaker and journalist David Dufresne gathered a cross-section of citizens to argue, discuss and examine the role of violence in French society, and, by extension, the world. Directed by David Dufresne (2020). More info


MY DONKEY, MY LOVER AND I

Eager for the perfect summer vacation with her very married lover, Antoinette receives a disappointing shock: he’s going on a trip with his wife instead. So Antoinette decides to climb the mountain herself in this heartfelt comedy. Directed by Caroline Vignal (2020). More info


RED SOIL

Nour has just been hired as an infirmary nurse at the chemical plant that employs her father. Soon she discovers numerous employees with terminal diseases, and uncovers a pollution scam that threatens her town--and her father’s--way of life. Directed by Farid Bentoumi (2020). More info


SHOULD THE WIND DROP

In the landlocked Nagorno-Karabakh Republic there sits a small airport, unused. Alain (Grégoire Colin), a French engineer, is tasked with determining whether or not the new airport is structurally sound, which puts him right in the middle of the last vestiges of a civil war. Directed by Nora Martirosyan (2020). More info

SUMMER OF 85

Summer, 1985: teenager Alexis is out sailing off the Normandy coast, when his boat capsizes and he is saved from drowning by 18-year-old David. Soon, there is a deep bond between the two, in this nostalgic, tense, and even delightfully campy tale from director François Ozon (2020). More info

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