Film Descriptions


Au nom de ma fille (Kalinka)
Vincent Garenq, dir. | France | 2016 | 87 minutes
Cast:  Daniel Auteuil, Sebastian Koch, Marie-Josée Croze
Sunday 2/26 @ 12:00 noon and Thursday 3/2 @ 9:15 PM

Based on a true story, Kalinka is the story of André Bamberski’s struggle to bring justice to his daughter Kalinka who died in disturbing circumstances. After 27 years of investigation to hunt down her presumed murderer, Bamberski will finally get the killer kidnapped and brought to justice.



Cézanne et moi (Cezanne and I)
Danièle Thompson, dir. | France | 2016 | 117 minutes
Cast:  Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol
Saturday 2/25 @ 8:45 PM and Wednesday 3/1 @ 6:45 PM

 

They loved each other with the ardor of thirteen-year-old boys. Rebellion and curiosity, hopes and doubts, girls and dreams of glory, they shared it all. Now, Paul is a painter and Emile a writer. Glory has passed Paul by. But Emile has it all: fame, money, the perfect wife, whom Paul once loved. They judge each other, admire each other, confront each other. They lose touch, meet up again, like a couple who cannot stop loving each other.



Comme un avion (The Sweet Escape)
Bruno Podalydès, dir. | France | 2015 | 105 minutes
Cast:  Bruno Podalydès, Sandrine Kiberlain, Agnès Jaoui
Tuesday 2/28 @ 6:45 PM and Saturday 3/4 @ 3:45 PM

 

Michel is in his fifties, happily married to Rachel and working as a graphic designer in his brother’s company. He has a passion for the French airmail service but never learned to pilot the planes he so admired. One day, stumbling upon pictures of DIY kayak sets, he realizes he has finally found a way to set off on his ultimate adventure. Although he dreams about his sweet escape, he dares not take the plunge. That is, until Rachel offers to help him. This charming comedy is a tale of freedom and fulfilling one’s dreams.



Comment c'est loin
Orelsan, dir. | France | 2015 | 90 minutes
Cast:  Orelsan, Gringe, Seydou Doucouré
Saturday 2/25 @ 6:45 PM and Monday 2/27 @ 4:30 PM

 

After ten years of doing nothing, Orel and Gringe are in their mid 30s and they struggle to finish their first rap album. Their texts are mostly sex jokes and booze stories and reflect their everyday life in a small town. The problem is that they’ve never finished a song, and when their producers want to meet, they have to face a new challenge: finish their first song in the next 24 hours. Their old issues, the fear of failure, their alcoholic friends and annoying girlfriends won’t help, or will they?



Les deux amis (Two Friends)
Louis Garrel, dir. | France | 2015 | 100 minutes
Cast:  Golshifteh Farahani, Vincent Macaigne, Louis Garrel
Saturday 2/25 @ 2:30 PM and Friday 3/3 @ 9:15 PM

 

Clément, a film extra, is madly in love with Mona, a salesgirl in a sandwich bar. Mona has a secret that makes her elusive. When Clément is desperate to win her heart, Abel, his best and only friend, comes to the rescue. The two friends set off in the adventure of conquering her.



Fatima
Philippe Faucon, dir. | France | 2015 | 79 minutes
Cast:  Soria Zeroual, Zita Hanrot, Kenza Noah Aïche
Saturday 2/25 @ 4:45 PM and Tuesday 2/28 @ 9:00 PM



Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: a 15-year old teenager in revolt, and an 18-year old who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. They are her pride and joy, but also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works odd hours as a cleaning woman. On leave after a fall, Fatima begins to write to her daughters in Arabic that which she has never been able to express in French.



Le fils de Jospeh (The Son of Joseph)
Eugène Green, dir. | France | 2016 | 115 minutes
Cast:  Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione
Saturday 2/25 @ 12:00 noon and Thursday 3/2 @ 6:45 PM

 

Fifteen-year-old Vincent lives with his mother Marie but is angry and frustrated because he doesn’t know who his father is. His quest to find him leads him to a major publishing company directed by the arrogant and fiendish Oscar Pormenor. Here, Vincent meets Oscar’s reprobate brother Joseph, and the two form a meaningful relationship that helps them discover who they really are.



Frantz
François Ozon, dir. | France | 2016 | 113 minutes
Cast:  Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner
Wednesday 3/1 @ 9:15 PM and Saturday 3/4 @ 9:00 PM

 

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France, meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers. This loose adaptation of the 1932 Ernst Lubitsch drama Broken Lullaby, which was in turn based on a play by French playwright Maurice Rostand, is largely black-and-white and mostly told in German.



La loi de la jungle
Antonin Peretjatko, dir. | France | 2016 | 99 minutes
Cast:  Vincent Macaigne, Vimala Pons, Pascal Légitimus
Wednesday 3/1 @ 4:30 PM and Saturday 3/4 @ 6:00 PM
Note: Saturday’s screening will be followed by a Q+A with director Antonin Peretjatko


Marc, an intern at the Ministry for Standards, is sent to Guyana to ensure compliance with European standards at the construction site for Guyaneige: the first indoor ski slope in Amazonia, intended to relaunch tourism in Guyana. There, he meets Tarzan, an attractive intern at the National Forestry Office, with whom he’ll get lost on a journey through the jungle that will take him far, far away.




Médecin de campagne (Irreplaceable)
Thomas Lilti, dir. | France | 2016 | 102 minutes
Cast:  François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt
Monday 2/27 @ 6:30 PM and Saturday 3/4 @ 12:00 noon

 

All of the inhabitants in this corner of the countryside can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who cares for them and who reassures them day and night, seven days a week. When Jean-Pierre falls sick, Nathalie, a doctor new to the profession, comes to assist him. But will she manage to adapt to this new life and to replace the man who thought he was irreplaceable?


La nouvelle vie de Paul Sneijder (The New Life of Paul Sneijder)
Thomas Vincent, dir. | Canada | 2016 | 114 minutes
Cast:  Thierry Lhermitte, Géraldine Pailhas, Pierre Curzi
Sunday 2/26 @ 6:15 PM and Tuesday 2/28 @ 4:30 PM

 

Paul Sneijder is the sole survivor of an elevator accident in which his daughter lost her life. Since that day, his perception of reality has been enhanced, as if someone had turned up the volume of the din produced by the world around him. But how can he go on living with his tyrannical wife who is cheating on him and his children who despise him? He makes a start by switching occupation: a dog walker, now that’s an appealing prospect. A new life seems to be beckoning….


Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)
André Téchiné, dir. | France | 2016 | 116 minutes
Cast:  Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila
Sunday 2/26 @ 2:00 PM and Friday 3/3 @ 4:30 PM

 

Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them.

 


Rosalie Blum
Julien Rappeneau, dir. | France | 2015 | 95 minutes
Cast:  Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz
Sunday 2/26 @ 8:45 PM and Thursday 3/2 @ 4:30 PM



Vincent Machot is leading an uneventful life running the hair salon he inherited from his father and caring for his increasingly loopy and demanding mother. He thinks of himself as having a girlfriend even though he’s seen little of her since she moved to Paris. Clearly, he needs shaking up, although this seems highly unlikely until the day he sets eyes on Rosalie Blum. She is a mysterious and solitary woman whom he is sure he has already met. But where? Intrigued, he decides to follow her everywhere, in hopes of learning more.



Swagger
Olivier Babinet, dir. | France | 2016 | 84 minutes
Documentary
Monday 2/27 @ 8:45 PM and Saturday 3/4 @ 2:00 PM

 

Set in one of France’s most notoriously difficult neighborhoods, Swagger focuses on a dozen teenagers getting by in the streets, projects and schools of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris that made the headlines during the riots of 2005. Instead of concentrating on the hard knock life of their subjects, this is a colorful visual exploration that’s part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, allowing the kids to showcase their dreams and desires over their fears.



Wùlu
Daouda Coulibaly, dir. | France | 2016 | 95 minutes
Cast:  Quim Gutiérrez, Dembele Habib, Ndiaye Ismaël
Sunday 2/26 @ 4:30 PM and Friday 3/3 @ 7:00 PM 

 

Malian-French director Daouda Coulibaly’s auspicious debut is a pulse-pounding political thriller. Wùlu tells the unsettling tale of a man’s rise from the bottom rung of the social ladder to the heights of criminal power.