Étienne comes to Paris from the countryside to study filmmaking at the Sorbonne. There he meets Mathias and Jean-Noël, two students who share his passion for cinema. In addition to studying, they must face friendship and love challenges, as well as choose their artistic battles. A pensive study in black and white, this film is “a declaration of love for classic film and the city of Paris.” (Berlinale)
Written & Directed by: Jean-Paul Civeyrac
Starring: Andranic Manet, Gonzague Van Bervesselès, Corentin Fila, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam
Runtime: 137 minutes
Faced with the threat of losing his transport business, Antoine Roca concocts a scam which will become the burglary of the century. Entangled with gangsters, he must face betrayal, murder, and the settling of scores. Based on actual events, this crime thriller combines non-stop action with the downward spiral of an ordinary man.
Directed by: Olivier Marchal
Written by: Emmanuel Naccache, Olivier Marchal
Starring: Benoît Magimel, Gringe, Idir Chender, Laura Smet, Gérard Depardieu
Runtime: 104 minutes
Miriam seeks sole custody of her son, Julien, to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad whose children were turned against him by their vindictive mother. Unsure who is telling the truth, the judge grants joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.
Written & Directed by: Xavier Legrand
Starring: Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux
Runtime: 93 minutes
It’s the age of The Wild West, circa 1870. An affluent pioneer, Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) ventures deep into the American wilderness to reunite with and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). For his journey he brings Butterscotch, a miniature horse intended as a wedding present for his bride, and enlists drunkard Parson Henry (David Zellner) to conduct the ceremony. As they traverse the lawless frontier their once simple journey grows treacherous, and the lines between hero, villain, and damsel are blurred.
A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers (Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter), DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.
DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).
Florence is a schoolteacher who is devoted to her students. When she encounters young Sacha, a disruptive child with significant problems, she wants to do everything she can to help him, even to the point of neglecting her own child and questioning her vocation. Little by little, Florence realizes that learning has no age limit.
Directed by: Hélène Angel
Written by: Hélène Angel, Yann Coridian
Starring: Sara Forestier, Vincent Elbaz, Patrick d’Assumçao, Guilaine Londez
Runtime: 105 minutes
After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. When two cops arrive, the hamlet erupts into an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood.
Written & Directed by: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Starring: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Hervé Sogne, Bernie Bonvoisin
Runtime: 90 minutes
Paul Coutard, a charming, childish, and womanizing sports journalist, is forced to plan the newspaper’s annual fair. He has a crazy idea to organize a women’s soccer match, and with the help of a beautiful assistant, the project grows to unexpected proportions--as does their romance. Based on actual events in the 1960s, this captivating comedy shows how the French soccer world was turned upside down.
Directed by: Julien Hallard
Written by: Julien Hallard, Jean-Christophe Bouzy, Claude Le Pape
Starring: Max Boublil, Vanessa Guide, Bruno Lochet
Runtime: 90 minutes
Cecil Beaton was probably best known for his production design for Oscar-winning films Gigi and My Fair Lady (especially the white and black Edwardian costumes for the unforgettable Ascot race) but his talents went far beyond that.
Beaton himself was frustrated by his wide-ranging interests and abilities––as photographer, theatre and film designer, gifted diarist––and wondered whether he would have done better to concentrate on just one field, but Vreeland’s film makes it clear that our culture would have been far less fortunate if he had.
Using previously unseen footage and stills, and with excerpts from his diaries wittily narrated by Rupert Everett, you get a sense of Beaton as the furthest from “just an ordinary, anonymous person,” his lifelong fear. His world is one of utter fascination –– from his work for Vogue, as a photographer in World War II, to his relationship with the Royal Family and his alleged affair with Greta Garbo (her picture was discovered in his bedroom among those of two of his male lovers).
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
NANCY is a provocative psychological thriller about love, intimacy, and trust – and what happens when lies become truth. Craving connection with others, Nancy creates elaborate identities and hoaxes under pseudonyms on the internet. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, fact and fiction begin to blur in Nancy’s mind, and she becomes increasingly convinced these strangers are her real parents. As their bond deepens, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief – and the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.
Directed by Christina Choe
Writen by Christina Choe
Starring Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo, Steve Buscemi
Emmanuelle Blachey is a brilliant and determined engineer who has risen through the ranks of her company, a major French energy firm. One day, a network of powerful women offers to help her become the first female head of a CAC 40 firm. But in the spheres still largely dominated by men, professional and personal obstacles increase. A conquest that once seemed thrilling turns out to be a war.
Directed by: Tonie Marshall
Written by: Tonie Marshall, Marion Doussot, Raphaëlle Bacqué
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément, Richard Berry, Benjamin Biolay
Runtime: 110 minutes
“RBG” uses archival footage to trace Ginsburg’s barrier-busting career, following her rise from a brainy Brooklynite to the highest court in the land. It also delves into her relationship with her husband, Martin Ginsburg, and catches the justice in private moments, following her on workouts and with her granddaughter. What emerges is a portrait of a person who used her legal career to fight for women and minorities.
Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen
Starring Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Hubert Jacquin, recently widowed, lives a lonely life in his spacious apartment. He finds himself offering a room to Manuela, a young student. Manuela convinces Hubert to look for more roommates, and Marion, an uptight nurse, and Paul-Gérard, a soon-to-be divorced lawyer, move in. An unlikely family is formed, with the four roommates experiencing a year filled with surprises.
Directed by: François Desagnat
Written by: François Desagnat, Jérôme Corcos, Catherine Diamant, Stéphane Keller
Starring: André Dussolier, Bérengère Krief, Arnaud Ducret, Julia Piaton
Runtime: 97 minutes
An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
Written by Xavier Beauvois, Marie-Julie Maille
Starring Nathalie Baye, Iris Bry, Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud, Mathilde Viseux & Yann Bean
Country: Switzerland, France
By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man who has recently suffered a debilitating stroke. His three children gather to be by his side for his final days. As the siblings reminisce about the past, they must face painful memories and take stock of their lives and loves. When unexpected visitors arrive, their intimate family gathering takes on a global dimension.
Directed by: Robert Guédiguian
Written by: Robert Guédiguian, Serge Valletti
Starring: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Jacques Boudet
Runtime: 107 minutes
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Country: Germany, US
It is 1852. Violette is old enough to marry when her mountain village is deprived of all its men following the repression of the Republicans ordered by Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. The women spend months in total isolation. Desperate to see their men again one day, they take an oath: if a man comes, he will be for everyone. Life must continue in the belly of each and every one of them.
Directed by: Marine Francen
Written by: Marine Francen, Jacqueline Surchat, Jacques Fieschi
Starring: Pauline Burlet, Géraldine Pailhas, Alban Lenoir, Françoise Lebrun, Iliana Zabeth
Runtime: 100 minutes
An injured motorcyclist leaves the scene of a terrible accident. The mysterious fugitive takes refuge at the home of the Petits, a farming family whom he takes hostage. On his tail: the Colombian drug barons, Lieutenant Colonel Massé du Réaux, and a hired killer, who are determined to neutralize him, by any means necessary.
Directed by: Éric Valette
Written by: Éric Valette, Hervé Albertazzi
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Pascal Greggory, Terence Yin
Runtime: 104 minutes