Film Descriptions

Sorry Angel / Plaire, aimer et courir vite 

Director: Chistophe Honore
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps
Run time: 132 minutes
Paris, 1993. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a semi-renowned writer and single father in his thirties trying to maintain his sense of romance and humor in spite of the turmoil in his life and the world. While on a work trip to Brittany, he meets Arthur (Vincent Lacoste), an aspiring filmmaker in his early twenties, who is experiencing a sexual awakening and eager to get out of his parochial life. Arthur becomes instantly smitten with the older man.



Non-Fiction / Doubles vies

Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet
Runtime: 108 minutes
Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs—including a passionate fling with an actress (Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Canet)—as fodder for his explosive new novel. 


At War / En guerre

Director: Stephane Brize
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Melanie Rover
Run time: 113 minutes

After promising 1100 employees they would protect their jobs, the managers of Perrin Industries decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent (Vincent Landon) takes the lead in a fight against this decision pitting labor against capital.  

Knife + Heart Un Couteau Dans le Coeur 

Director: Yann Gonzales
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moran
Run time: 110 minutes

Paris, Summer 1979. Anne produces third-rate gay porn.  After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flaming sidekick Archibald.  But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her world upside-down.



The Image Book/ Le livre d'image

Director: Jean Luc Godard
Starring: Jean-Luc Godadrd, Buster Keaton
Run time: 84 minutes

From iconic director Jean Luc Godard comes a poetic essay in five parts.  An exploration in dualities.  Light and darkness.  War and paradise.   The intersection between word and image.





The Freshmen / Première année

Director: Thomas Lilti
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, William Legbil
Run time: 92 minutes

Antoine is about to start his first year of medical school for the third time. Benjamin, just out of high school, is also beginning. In a fiercely competitive environment, with nights dedicated to hard studying rather than hard partying, the two freshmen will have to adapt and find a middle ground between despair for the present and hope for the future.



Hochelaga, Land of Souls / Hochelaga, terre des âmes

Director: François Girard
Starring: Samian, Raoul Max Trujillo, Vincent Pérez 
Run time: 100 minutes

When a storm opens a huge sinkhole in Montreal's Percival Molson Stadium, Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny finds the remains of Hochelaga, the village where his Iroquoian ancestors met the French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1535.



The Wild Boys / Les garçons sauvages

Director: Bertrand Mandico
Starring: Vimala Pons, Pauline Lorillard
Run time: 110 minutes

In the beginning of the 20th century, five children on the island of La Réunion commit a savage crime. As punishment, a Dutch captain takes them to a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers.

Until the Birds Return / En attendant les hirondelles

Director: Karim Moussaoui
Starring:  Mohamed Djouhri, Hania Amar, Hassan Kachach
Run time: 113 minutes

Three stories set in Algeria where past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment.

Earth Seen From the Heart / La terre vue du coeur

Director: Iolande Cardin-Rossignol
Starring: Hubert Reeves
Run time: 91 minutes

A roster of leading scientists, led by astrophysicist Hubert Reeves, discusses the current climate crisis.



Director: Guillaume Renard & Shojiro Nishimi
Starring: Chris Jai Alex
Run time: 94 minutes

A genre-mashup MFKZ is the collaboration of French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C. The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinz, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis  called Dark Meat City. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half-human and half-Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.


The Competition / Le concours
Director: Claire Simon
Starring: Alain Bergala, Xanaë Bove, Emmanuel Chaumet
Run time: 121 minutes
Q&A with director Claire Simon on 2/24.  
The Competition delves into the daily life of Parisian school of cinema, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…".  Through the admission process, hard work, and graduation exams, The Competition establishes a portrait of one of the most prestigious art schools in France. 

The Trouble With You / En liberté !

Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Audrey Tatou, Vincent Elbaz
Run time: 108 minutes

Yvonne is a police detective in a town on the French Riviera and the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. One day, she learns that her husband was in fact a crooked cop. Determined to right all the wrongs he committed, she will cross paths with one Antoine, who was unjustly imprisoned by Santi for 8 long years. Their encounter leads to a troublesome sequence of wild mishaps. A comedy with romance unlike any other!


A Faithful Man / L'homme fidèle

Director: Louis Garrel
Starring: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp
Run Time: 75 minutes

A couple's relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and then returns after he dies.