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Films & Schedules - French Language

A CAT IN PARIS

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 6:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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A CAT IN PARIS

DIRECTOR: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol - FRANCE

An enchanting fable about looking past appearances and cultivating unlikely loyalties in times of need, A Cat in Paris turns the streets of Paris into a delicately animated watercolor study. Dino, a cat, lives a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, whose mother is a police detective; by night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico, a slinky cat burglar. Dino’s two worlds collide when he has to team up with Nico to save Zoe from a team of bumbling thieves plotting to steal the so-called Colossus of Nairobi. A humorous love letter to classic noir...

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DECLARATION OF WAR

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DECLARATION OF WAR

DIRECTOR: Valérie Donzelli - FRANCE

Romeo and Juliette face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is critically ill. Gathering friends and family, they confront the dark challenges as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music, and heartbreaking performances that result in an unexpected film about a contemporary couple who surprise even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. “A joy to watch. ... Few viewers will fail to be moved and charmed by this tale of a parent’s worst nightmare...

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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

DIRECTOR: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange - FRANCE

The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Hugo, was the creator of one of the most unforgettable images in cinema—the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated restorations in film history, the original A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again. This fascinating documentary charts the film’s voyage from production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a color nitrate print in 2003 and its premiere at Cannes in 2011. (60 mins.)

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THE FAIRY

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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THE FAIRY

DIRECTOR: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy - FRANCE

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona. She tells Dom she is a fairy and grants him three wishes. Off on a whirlwind romp around the town, two wishes come true, but then Fiona mysteriously disappears. Dom, now hopelessly in love, searches for her everywhere. “This delightfully off-kilter comedy seems to have been born without a cynical bone in its body. The Tati-inspired physical comedy and charming dance numbers abet an ingenious, whimsical tale. ... The...

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FREE MEN

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Tue, Feb 14, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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FREE MEN

DIRECTOR: Ismaël Ferroukhi - FRANCE

The little-known stories of Muslim freedom fighters and a Paris mosque that sheltered Jews during World War II are woven into a gripping wartime espionage drama inspired by actual events. Younes, a young, unemployed Algerian immigrant, survives Nazi-occupied France by hawking black market goods. Arrested by police, the apolitical and unaware Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Grand Mosque and its shrewd imam who is suspected of providing Jews with false identification papers while feigning cordialities with a Gestapo major. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues when Younes befriends a charismatic cabaret singer with a secret identity, prompting an awakening...

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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 2 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

DIRECTOR: Mia Hansen-Løve - FRANCE

Mia Hansen-Løve shows her talent for capturing the agony and the ecstasy of adolescence in this perceptive, delicate portrait of a bright young woman in the wake of her first romance. Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has joyously fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan, an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is totally devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman with new interests and a new...

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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau - CANADA

When a group of Montreal students finds that their beloved teacher has committed suicide, the shock is traumatizing. Her replacement, Algerian refugee Bachir Lazhar, now has the doubly difficult task of reaching his distraught students while securing his own asylum from past tragedies in his homeland. Falardeau tackles both threads with a delicate touch, bringing wit and warmth to the classroom scenes and granting the political appropriate gravity. As Bachir and his students come to terms with loss, guilt, and other issues that life has prematurely thrown at them, insight, empathy, and eloquence shine through. “With Falardeau’s gentle humor and...

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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Thu, Feb 16, 2012
at 8:30 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

DIRECTOR: Robert Guédiguian - FRANCE

“Inspired not by the Hemingway novel but by a Victor Hugo poem, Guédiguian returns to the working-class Marseille that inspired his Marius and Jeannette. Brimming with passion, humanity, and political conviction, the film asks what it means to be socialist in the 21st century. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with laid-off dock comrades, union rep Michel finds himself jobless but faces the future with dogged optimism. Then, for their anniversary, he and his wife are presented with cash and tickets for an African dream holiday. But a shocking event leaves the couple traumatized and causes Michel to ponder the nature of solidarity and...

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TALES OF THE NIGHT

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 5:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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TALES OF THE NIGHT

DIRECTOR: Michel Ocelot - FRANCE

Renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot’s new film extends the distinguished shadow puppet style of his Princes and Princesses and Azur and Asmar with black-silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. A girl, a boy, and an old man get together in a small movie theater full of wonders where they invent, draw, dress up, and become characters in magical stories. The film weaves together six of their exotic fables, each unfolding in a unique locale—Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s...

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