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Films & Schedules - FRANCE

2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 6 PM (OMSI)
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Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 7:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS

DIRECTOR: Sébastien Betbeder - FRANCE

This whimsical tale of ennui and the transformative power of calamity stylishly employs New Wave-inspired visuals, animation, reality-style confessionals, and a raft of pop cultural references, in-jokes, and appropriations to create a 21st-century portrait of young Parisians in love. Arman, a 33-year-old hipster vaguely longs for change. Maybe he’ll eat healthier? Half-gallantly, half-accidentally, he saves the beautiful Amélie from a pair of muggers. And their meet-cute (and dangerous) allows love to bloom. Meanwhile, Arman’s best friend from art school, Benjamin, is destined for sudden change too. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, the lives of the three...

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AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS

DIRECTOR: Arnaud des Pallières - FRANCE

Arnaud de Pallières’s adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 novella, a classic of German Romanticism, explores a fault line between declining feudalism and modernity. In 16th-century France, enterprising horse farmer Michael Kohlhaas (Mads Mikkelsen) runs afoul of a venal baron, who attempts to shake down the farmer as he crosses the nobleman’s woods on the way to market. After events escalate, causing great harm to Kohlhaas’s horses, farmhands, and family, he raises an army and wages war against the baron, who soon sues for peace. But with the clergy and courts adjudicating, will Kohlhaas win the war and lose the...

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AYA OF YOP CITY

Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 12:15 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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AYA OF YOP CITY

DIRECTOR: Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet - FRANCE

Based on the series of young adult graphic novels, this vibrant animated tale unfolds in a colorful, working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Life is good in Yop City: its sun-soaked markets, open air bars, and quirky cafés are the perfect backdrop for 19-year-old Aya and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou. While the bookish Aya hopes to get a degree in medicine, the ambitions of Adjoua and Bintou lean more toward the degree to which they can attract young men. In this upbeat, gentle weave of modern urban Africa, the three girls navigate nosy neighbors, meddling relatives, young...

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CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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CYCLING WITH MOLIERE

DIRECTOR: Philippe Le Guay - FRANCE

Popular television celebrity Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson) embarks on a train journey to Brittany’s Île de Ré with a clear mission in mind: convince his old friend Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) to return to the stage in the lead of Molière’s The Misanthrope. The task is not that simple, as Tanneur, a once-renowned comedian, went into exile three years prior, living in a dilapidated house bequeathed to him by his uncle. He is sick of his vocation, burning every script that he receives. For good and bad, a five-day struggle ensues to bring the great man out of the shadows....

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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

Wed, Feb 19, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE DAY OF THE CROWS

DIRECTOR: Jean-Christophe Dessaint - FRANCE

Filled with charming, gorgeous animation, The Day of the Crows is a delightful family film. A father raises his son Courge in the wild and warns him never to venture beyond the forest. One day the boy’s father is injured, and the son must leave the woods in search of help. Entering a neighboring village, he befriends a young girl and experiences the wonders civilization offers—and the truth about his family’s past. Exploring the blurred lines between animal and human, nature and civilization, and the realms of the living and of spirits, underneath is a simple story of a father’s...

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 23, 2014
at 12:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ERNEST AND CELESTINE

DIRECTOR: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner - FRANCE

Ernest and Celestine is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous other festival prizes. Tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears that live aboveground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for burly troubadour Ernest, the pair forms an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, influences as varied as Buster...

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JUST A SIGH

Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Sat, Feb 15, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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JUST A SIGH

DIRECTOR: Jérôme Bonnell - FRANCE

In the short break between performances of an Ibsen play in Calais, stage actress Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) makes a quick day-trip to Paris for an audition. On the train, she meets a mysterious, stoic English professor (Gabriel Byrne) and, enamored, decides to try and track him down after they have seemingly parted forever. Shifting in tone from drama to comedy, over the course of a day, Just a Sigh beautifully chronicles the blossoming of an all-too-brief love affair between the two, a romance in Paris that brings hope and passion into Alix’s harried life and comfort to her chance lover....

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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

DIRECTOR: Claude Lanzmann - FRANCE

In 1975, while making his landmark Holocaust documentary Shoah, Lanzmann interviewed Benjamin Murmelstein. Age 70 and living in exile in Rome, Murmelstein was the only surviving “Jewish Elder” appointed by the Nazis to run the “model ghetto” camp at Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia. Murmelstein’s interview wasn’t included in the film, but it’s the focus of this compelling postscript. Condemned after the war as a collaborator, he explains the terrible accommodation he had to strike with a murderous regime. Lanzmann returns to sites that marked Murmelstein’s wartime experiences and uncovers their savage history, but it’s the intelligent, witty, courageous Murmelstein who provides the...

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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 1 PM (CANCELLED)
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Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 1 PM (Cinemagic)
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MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

DIRECTOR: Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel - FRANCE

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous,...

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STRANGER BY THE LAKE

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)
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Sat, Feb 22, 2014
at 9:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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STRANGER BY THE LAKE

DIRECTOR: Alain Guiraudie - FRANCE

Franck is a regular at a secluded lakeside beach, a popular hotspot for gay men to sunbathe in the nude and sneak off for casual sex in the nearby woods. On the first day of the season, he spots the rugged, mustachioed Michel and is infatuated. Even after Franck witnesses Michel commit a sudden and shocking crime, it only serves to deepen Franck’s carnal attraction to the stranger, and the two men descend into a truly dizzying bout of amour fou. Filmmaker Alain Guiraudie’s tense, erotic, and lurid thriller won the top directing prize in the Un Certain Regard section...

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YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL

DIRECTOR: François Ozon - FRANCE

Ozon again delves into the mysterious world of the female soul in this story of 17-year-old Isabelle, who has her first sexual encounter at a resort in southern France—an episode that is just the beginning for this sexually inquisitive girl in search of rebellion. After returning to Paris, she begins to earn money through encounters with various older men. Her mother and stepfather give Isabelle absolute freedom and have no idea of her secret activities. Yet everything changes when a routine call ends in disaster, and the police and a psychologist become involved.... Over the course of four seasons and...

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