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Films & Schedules - FRANCE

ADAMA

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sun, Feb 28, 2016
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ADAMA

DIRECTOR: Simon Rouby - FRANCE

The year is 1916. Adama is 12-years-old and lives in a remote West African village. When his elder brother Samba suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. He is accompanied by a griot (a mysterious bard) called Abdou. They travel by car, ship, and train, finally reaching war-torn Europe where they learn Samba is a rifleman with the French army and has been sent to the front line. Adama follows him to a small town in north-eastern France: Verdun. A vibrantly animated journey of initiation for a boy guided by love for his elder brother. (82 mins.)

 

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First feature

Ages 10+



Interests: New Directors, Animation, Family Fare.

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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

DIRECTOR: Christian Desmares, Frank Ekinci - FRANCE

1941. Napoléon V is the ruler of an alternative France, and without modern technology, the world runs on coal and steam. Scholars keep mysteriously disappearing, and a young girl named April goes off in search of her scientist parents who vanished. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and a young rogue named Julius, she braves mysteries and danger in order to discover the truth. Winner of the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Annecy Animation Festival, April and the Extraordinary World is a visually striking, original, and dynamic animated sci-fi adventure based on a graphic novel by Jacques...

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DHEEPHAN

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DHEEPHAN

DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard - FRANCE

Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this gripping tale of three Sri Lankan refugees and their immigrant struggle. Escaping the Civil War, a couple and a girl—all complete strangers—pose as a family and seek refuge in France. Supporting each other like a real family, Dheepan, the father, finds work as a custodian; Yalini, the mother, gets a job as a caregiver; and the daughter, Illayaal, adjusts to school life. Unfortunately, the place they’ve chosen as a home is in the middle of a gangland, and the family must cope with the threat. In Tamil, English, and French...

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DISORDER

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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DISORDER

DIRECTOR: Alice Winocour - FRANCE

Afghanistan war vet Vincent is suffering from PTSD. He’s hired as a temp security guard at Maryland, the estate of Lebanese businessman Whalid. Soon, he overhears a conversation that seems to indicate Whalid is involved in illegal arms dealing. Vincent’s paranoid episodes only increase when he’s hired as a bodyguard for Whalid’s icy German wife Jessie and her son. But is the threat is outside the gates of Maryland or already within them? Told largely through Vincent’s anxious point of view, this claustrophobic thriller makes the most of rhythm, sound, and silence to create an atmosphere of building unease. (101...

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EVOLUTION

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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EVOLUTION

DIRECTOR: Lucile HadžIhalilovic - FRANCE

After diving below the waves surrounding his coastal village, a young boy claims to have seen the body of another child trapped in the coral reef. Bizarrely, there appears to be a starfish blooming from the belly button of the corpse. Eleven years after her last feature (Innocence), Hadžihalilovic (who co-authored Enter the Void with Gaspar Noé) returns with a dark, feminist fairytale peppered with stylistic nods to David Lynch and the body horror of David Cronenberg. (81 mins.)

PRECEDED BY:
O Negative, Steven McCarthy | Canada.
A man and a woman grapple with her severe...

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FATIMA

Tue, Feb 16, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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FATIMA

DIRECTOR: Philippe Faucon - FRANCE

A Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, Fatima works long hours as a cleaning lady to support her two daughters, Nesrine, 18 and a promising pre-med student, and Souad, 15 and rebellious. Her relationship with her younger daughter is especially tense, with the two often bickering as Souad seems too easy to abandon her ethnic heritage for assimilation while Fatima’s poor grasp of French is a constant source of embarrassment. Faucon finds gentle humor in the confusions of assimilation that Fatima experiences, while also revealing the harsh realities of life as an immigrant in France. (79 mins.)

 

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FRANCOFONIA

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)
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FRANCOFONIA

DIRECTOR: Aleksandr Sokurov - FRANCE

Celebrated for his daring and landmark films—such as Russian Ark (2002,) which was filmed in one sequence in the Russian State Hermitage Museum—Francofonia transforms Paris’ Louvre Museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relationship between art, culture, and power. Sokurov examines the story of Jacques Jaujard, Director of the French National Museums and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich, who conspired to protect and preserve the art treasures of the Louvre Museum from the cataclysm about to visit Europe in 1940, and asks what art tells us about ourselves in the face of one of the most devastating conflicts the world has...

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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 22, 2016
at 6:15 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN

DIRECTOR: Philippe Garrel - FRANCE

Philippe Garrel’s romantic drama is an examination of marital infidelity and a freewheeling riff on life, art, and the never ending battle of the sexes. Married couple Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) collaborate on making documentaries. While researching a current subject—an aging Resistance fighter—at a film archive, Pierre falls hard for Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), a beautiful young intern. When Manon discovers the affair, her reaction surprises both Pierre and herself. Garrel deftly manages to depict the characters’ different perspectives in a realistic and sometimes comical way, providing a fresh take on an old story: the mindset of...

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MARGUERITE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 8:45 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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MARGUERITE

DIRECTOR: Xavier Giannoli - FRANCE

“Imagine a collaboration between Vladimir Nabokov and Billy Wilder and you will have some idea of the riches provided by this tragicomedy from writer-director Xavier Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano. A 1920’s French would-be opera diva (Catherine Frot), of great wealth and zero singing talent, finds her intricate fantasy of artistic accomplishment enabled by Madelbos (Denis Mpunga), a butler with his own aesthetic strivings. Meanwhile, her long-suffering husband (André Marcon) remains terrified of telling his wife the truth, and perhaps most memorably, her financially needy singing-coach, spouts his self-serving euphemism, ‘sublimity and the ridiculous are never far apart,’ a phrase...

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MY GOLDEN DAYS

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MY GOLDEN DAYS

DIRECTOR: Arnaud Desplechin - FRANCE

An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life… Or How I Got into an Argument (1996). When Paul Dédalus returns to France after living in Tajikistan for several years, he is detained at the airport and questioned by the police. It transpires that a Russian with the same name died in Australia. This news provokes a recollection of three memories from Paul’s youth—his childhood with his eccentric mother who died young and his apathetic father; an eventful school trip to Russia with a secret; and, most passionately, his...

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