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Burning Bright : 3 French Festival Favorites


Burning Bright: 3 New French Festival Favorites, curated by FIAF presents three of their favourite titles from their series Burning Bright, available for virtual booking now as a package or as individual films on Kino Marquee (Special $8 ticket price per film).

by Erwan Le Duc, 2019, 100 min; with Swann Arlaud, Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant

In Erwan Le Duc's debut feature film, he imagines the idyllic woods of the Vosges Mountains as home to revolutionary nudists, obsessive earthworm scientists, reenactors staging pyrotechnic facsimiles of World War II battles, and a host of other eccentrics. Police officer Captain Pierre Perdrix is the oddity, a regular guy whose buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette turns up after being robbed by a militant nudist. Perdix takes up the case and thus begins a fantastic odyssey, encountering a motley crew of characters, including the great Fanny Ardant as Perdrix's quirky mother.

"A pair of winning central performances and a heartfelt, drolly funny script elevate a breezily comic love story set in a small French town." - Variety


by Stéphane Batut, 2019, 104 min; with Thimotée Robart, Judith Chemla, Saadia Bentaïeb

This debut feature film by director Stéphane Batut centers around Juste, who can see dead people. He wanders the streets of Paris, escorting the ghosts he encounters into the afterlife after collecting their last memory. But Juste's liminal existence is thrown into jeopardy when a young woman named Agathe recognizes him, and he falls madly and illicitly in love with her.

"A beautifully made minor-key tone poem about love, loss and death, BURNING GHOST marks a promising second turn at the helm for French casting director Steìphane Batut." - The Hollywood Reporter


by Jeanne Balibar, 2019, 109 min; with Jeanne Balibar, Ramzy Bedia, Emmanuelle Béart, Mathieu Amalric

As the new mayor of Montfermeil -- an underprivileged municipality on the outskirts of Paris-Emmanuelle Joly has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle and Kamel have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises-naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing-political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel's bickering further disrupt the administration and threaten this year's Brioche Day.

"Jeanne Balibar invented a beautifully absurd comedy, served by a cohort of talented actors, from Mathieu Amalric to MarleÌne Saldana." - Le Monde