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Palace Como Sun 16 March Corner of Toorak & Chapel St, South Yarra 10.15am Pom* Tel: 9827 7533 12.00pm Have Mercy On Us All 2.30pm Could This Be Love? Thu 6 March 4.30pm Molière (PG) 7.O0pm Paris (Opening Night) 7.O0pm Trivial Fri 7 March 9.15pm Water Lilies 6.45pm The Flight of the Red Balloon Mon 17 March 9.15pm A Secret 6.45pm Anna M Sat 8 March 9.00pm Waiting For Someone 11.00am To Each His Own Cinema Tue 18 March 1.30pm Intimate Enemies 6.45pm 13m2 4.00pm Gotta Dance! 8.45pm Water Lilies 6.15pm Molière (PG) Wed 19 March 8.45pm The Secret of the Grain (M) 6.45pm The Dinner Guest (PG) Sun 9 March 8.45pm Chrysalis 10.45am Azur & Asmar* 1.00pm Crime Insiders Palace Balwyn 3.15pm The House 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn 5.15pm After Him Tel: 9817 1277 7.15pm The Age of Man Fri 7 March 9.15pm Jean de La Fontaine 7.00pm The Age of Man Mon 10 March 9.00pm Jean de La Fontaine 10.45am Azur & Asmar* Sat 8 March 1.00pm The Price To Pay 12.15pm Crime Insiders 3.00pm In Mom’s Head 2.45pm In Mom’s Head 5.00pm Love Songs 4.45pm The Flight of the Red Balloon 7.15pm After Him 7.15pm The Dinner Guest (PG) 9.15pm The House 9.15pm After Him Tue 11 March Sun 9 March 6.45pm Intimate Enemies 12.OOpm The Red Balloon+White Mane* 9.15pm Jean de La Fontaine 1.45 pm Gotta Dance! Wed 12 March 4.00pm Intimate Enemies 6.45pm The Flight of the Red Balloon 6.30pm Molière (PG) 9.15pm The Year After 9.00pm Paris Thu 13 March Mon 10 March 6.45pm Chrysalis 12.15pm In Another Place 8.45pm Anna M 2.15pm Crime Insiders Fri 14 March 4.45pm Animals In Love 6.30pm Waiting For Someone 6.45pm Gotta Dance! 8.45pm The Secret of the Grain (M) 9.00pm The Year After Sat 15 March Tue 11 March 12.15pm UV 7.00pm In Mom’s Head 2.30pm Have Mercy On Us All 9.00pm Love Songs 5.00pm A Secret Wed 12 March 7.15pm Wicked Weekend 7.00pm A Secret 9.15pm Paris 9.15pm The House All films open to persons aged 18+ unless indicated / Films marked * are open to all ages Check www.frenchfilmfestival.org for updated censorship information Thu 13 March Mon 10 March 6.30pm To Each His Own Cinema 12.30pm Princess of the Sun* 9.O0pm Wicked Weekend 2.30pm The Flight of the Red Balloon Fri 14 March 5.OOpm The Red Balloon+White Mane* 6.30pm Have Mercy On Us All 7.00pm Intimate Enemies 9.15pm The Age of Man 9.30pm The Price To Pay Sat 15 March Tue 11 March 12.00pm Odette Toulemonde 7.15pm Gotta Dance! 2.15pm Water Lilies 9.30pm Crime Insiders 4.15pm The Flight of the Red Balloon Wed 12 March 6.45pm Anna M 7.30pm After Him 9.00pm Waiting For Someone 9.30pm The Price To Pay Sun 16 March Thu 13 March 11.30pm UV 7.15pm Water Lilies 1.45pm Let’s Say... 9.15pm Trivial 3.45pm The Secret of the Grain (M) Fri 14 March 6.45pm 13m2 7.00pm UV 8.45pm Have Mercy On Us All 9.30pm Wicked Weekend Mon 17 March Sat 15 March 7.00pm UV 11.00am Pom* 9.15pm Chrysalis 12.45pm Let’s Say... Tue 18 March 2.45pm Could This Be Love? 7.00pm Could This Be Love? 4.45pm Odette Toulemonde 9.OOpm Trivial 7.00pm Molière (PG) Wed 19 March 9.30pm The Dinner Guest (PG) 7.00pm Odette Toulemonde Sun 16 March 9.15pm Could This Be Love? 10.15am 13m2 12.00pm Chrysalis Palace Westgarth 2.00pm Odette Toulemonde 89 High Street, Northcote 4.15pm Waiting For Someone Tel: 9482 2001 6.30pm Wicked Weekend Fri 7 March 8.30pm Paris 7.30pm The Year After Mon 17 March 9.30pm The House 7.30pm The Age of Man Sat 8 March 9.30pm To Each His Own Cinema 12.45pm In Another Place Tue 18 March 2.45pm Jean de La Fontaine 6.30pm Anna M 5.00pm The Year After 8.45pm The Secret of the Grain (M) 7.00pm Love Songs Wed 19 March 9.30pm Paris 7.15pm A Secret Sun 9 March 9.30pm The Flight of the Red Balloon 11.15am The Red Balloon+White Mane* 1.00pm The Price To Pay 3.00pm In Mom’s Head 5.00pm Animals In Love 7.00pm The Dinner Guest (PG) 9.00pm Love Songs TICKETING INFORMATION & FESTIVAL CONDITIONS OPENING NIGHT FILM AND PARTY – and WESTGARTH (89 High St, Northcote). 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Chapel St, South Yarra), BALWYN (231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn) PARIS 13m2 AFTER HIM THE AGE OF MAN Apres lui L’Age d’homme This year’s Opening Night selection is the Actor and first-time director Barthélémy hugely anticipated new film from one of Grossmann’s 13m2 is a down-and-dirty The inestimable Catherine Deneuve 2007 was very much Romain Duris’ year - French cinema’s hottest directors, Cedric and claustrophobic urban thriller in the revels in one of her most expressive roles the multi-talented actor sizzles in this Klapisch (When The Cat’s Away, The tradition of the early films of Mathieu in years, in actor/director Gael Morel’s fleet-footed and whimsical romantic Spanish Apartment, Russian Dolls). Kassovitz. moving new drama, co-written by comedy – a hip and provocative romp Christophe Honoré (Inside Paris, Love through the male passage to the age of The cast is one of the most dazzling José (Grossman) is looking for a way out Songs). She stars as Camille, a vivacious adulthood. assembled in recent memory - Juliette of his small time suburban life. After divorcee who runs a classy bookshop in Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, overhearing his girlfriend and stepbrother Lyon, whose life is turned upside down Here he plays thirty-something Parisian François Cluzet, Albert Dupontel, Karin talking, he and his two best friends arrive when her twenty-year-old son is killed in filmmaker Samuel, who has set himself a Viard and Mélanie Laurent to name just a at a plan to attack and rob an armoured an accident. 24-hour deadline to make a delicate few. vehicle. But their getaway goes wrong decision: Should he or should he not, and the three are forced into a cramped She begins to cling to any signs of her after a lifetime of happily unmarried bliss, The story begins with Pierre (Duris), a bunker to hide. As every sound outside lost son’s life, even forming a strange tie the knot with Tina (the gorgeous Aissa young man unexpectedly confronted with triggers more paranoia, nerves begin to friendship with his best friend Franck Maiga, from I Do), his live-in girlfriend of his own mortality. For the next 24 hours, fray… (Thomas Dumerchez) who escaped the the past year? Samuel receives advice his tour through the city will weave with incident unharmed. And despite the from his friends (some of whom are those of his beloved sister, his neighbours France 2007 – Thriller [84 mins] scandal, Frank even allows himself to be imaginary) and sets about this important (some known, some not), their friends and Director: Barthélemy Grossman the object of Camille’s affections. But he decision. workmates, and their interconnected With: Barhélemy Grossman, Youssef slowly realizes that her attraction is a stories of love, familial bonds, loneliness Hajdi, Thierry Lhermitte threat to him… France 2007 – Drama [88 mins] and compassion come together in Director: Raphael Fejto unexpected ways. Strong supporting performances from With: Romain Duris, Clément Sibony Elodie Bouchez, Guy Marchand and This emotional and inspiring ode to Paris Dumerchez take nothing away from the will have you entranced. unmistakable talents of Deneuve, one of French cinema’s most enduring stars. Her France 2007 – Drama [130 mins] work here is outstanding. Director: Cédric Klapisch With: Romain Duris, Juliette Binoche France 2007 – Drama [90 mins] Director: Gael Morel With: Catherine Deneuve, Julien Honoré ANIMALS IN LOVE ANNA M A SECRET CHRYSALIS Les animaux amoreux Un Secret An unsettling psychological thriller about In a grey Paris, circa 2020, Police In the tradition of March of the Penguins, the obsession of unrequited love, Anna M Winner - Grand Prix des Amériques – Lieutenant David Hoffman (played by Microcosmos and Travelling Birds comes features a powerhouse performance by Montreal World Film Festival Albert Dupontel, Irréversible) returns to a new, stunningly-photographed journey, the superb Isabelle Carré (Coeurs, In His the line of duty to hunt down a dangerous this time into the beautiful, fascinating and Hands), who portrays a mixture of Adapted by Claude Miller from Philippe smuggler behind a series of murders, amusing world of animals in love. neurotic behaviour and cunning to chilly Grimbert’s autobiographical novel, this is including his own wife’s. The investigation perfection. a splendid and moving saga of a Jewish leads him to a state-of-the-art clinic, run The gentle art of seduction is by no family in post-war Paris, told through the by Professor Brügen (Marthe Keller) and means limited to human behaviour. The After a failed suicide attempt, young Anna eyes of a frail & intelligent young boy who a dangerous machine that is capable of animal kingdom offers many striking (Carré) becomes enamoured with her senses something is amiss with his memory and identity manipulation… examples of courtship, with males and happily married surgeon (Gilbert Melki, beautiful parents (Cécile De France & females displaying unexpected delicacy Intimate Strangers) and begins a Patrick Bruel). On his fifteenth birthday a An intense, adrenalin-fueled joyride that and subtlety, but also remarkable relentless and calculated pursuit of his family friend tells him a shattering truth — references Blade Runner, A Clockwork ingenuity, audacity and determination in affections, finding new and creepy ways tying his family’s past to the Holocaust — Orange, Until The End of the World and their pursuit of mates. of invading his mind, life and home... that may enable him to develop his own Minority Report, Julien Leclercq’s visually sense of self. stunning debut delivers a potent cocktail Accompanied by a new original score The tension ratchets through small of future-shock noir with stiff shots of from legendary composer Philip Glass. details; madness in movies is rarely this This wholly absorbing tale is a superbly intense, adrenaline-fuelled action. Indeed, creepy, or entertaining. Comparisons to drawn study of human behaviour, this high-octane thriller announces France 2007 – Documentary [85 mins] Fatal Attraction don’t do this superbly featuring excellent supporting Leclercq as a hot new talent to watch. Director: Laurent Chabonnier crafted and thought-provoking thriller performances by Julie Depardieu, Hollywood is calling. justice. Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric and Yves Jacques. A Secret was a huge France 2007 – Thriller [94 mins] France 2007 – Drama [106 mins] critical and box office success in France Director: Julien Leclercq Director: Michel Spinosa last year. With: Albert Dupontel, Marie Guillard With: Isabelle Carré, Gilbert Melki France 2007 – Drama [100 mins] Director: Claude Miller With: Patrick Bruel, Cécile de France COULD THIS BE LOVE? CRIME INSIDERS THE DINNER GUEST THE FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON Je crois que je l’aime Truands L’Invite La Course du Balloon Rouge This wonderfully intricate new romantic Frederic Schoendoerffer’s adults-only This finely paced comedy is sheer light- Inspired in part by Albert Lamorisse’s comedy from Pierre Jolivet sparkles from crime drama concerns the fallout amongst hearted lunacy, with three great star Palme d’Or winning 1956 classic The Red start to finish. the underworld after a brutal kingpin is talents in top form; Thierry Lhermitte, Balloon (also screening in this year’s imprisoned by authorities. Valérie Lemercier and the remarkable festival), Hou Hsiao-hsien’s engaging and Forty-three-year-old Lucas (Vincent Daniel Auteuil. serene new film is heartbreakingly Lindon), a rich, divorced industrialist, is Claude Corti’s (Philippe Caubere) violent beautiful, graced with a truly magnificent irresistibly attracted to thirty-eight-year-old past has earned him both the fear and Unemployed for three years, Gerard performance from Juliette Binoche. Elsa (Sandrine Bonnaire), a renowned respect of the Paris underworld. When the (Auteuil) has landed a job in Indonesia. ceramist whom he's commissioned to crime lord is finally captured by the police To start off on the right foot with his "team Binoche is Suzanne, the proprietor of a create a fresco for his office foyer. But, and sentenced to prison, the streets leader", Gerard invites him to dinner but marionette theatre and the single mother still smarting from a recent become divided by those who intend to as his wife Colette (Lemercier) has no of a lonely boy named Simon (Simon disappointment in love, he asks Roland carry on with business as usual, and culinary skills, this may or may not be the Iteanu) who spends his days with his Christin (François Berléand), a private those who see the departure as a notable brightest idea he’s ever had. Thankfully, Chinese au pair. The two watch as the detective from his company, to put her opportunity for advancement. Beatrice neighbour Alexandre (Lhermitte) comes to adults around them come apart at the under surveillance! Dalle, Benoit Magimel, and Olivier the rescue and after a series of hilarious seams, with joy and anguish, love and Marchal co-star in an unflinching look at a mishaps and misunderstandings, Gérard hatred… while a mysterious red balloon Bonnaire, just shy of 40, has been acting world where the only thing cheaper than and Colette open their door and welcome drifts across the Parisian landscape. A onscreen for nearly 25 years, yet this life is loyalty. their dinner guest… must-see for lovers of outstanding world marks her first real comedy — and she cinema. shines. The chemistry between the two Not for the faint-hearted. Let the mayhem begin! leads is undeniable, and irresistible. France 2007 – Drama [113 mins] France 2007 – Crime Thriller [107 mins] France 2007 – Comedy [82 mins] Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien France 2007 – Comedy [90 mins] Director: Frédéric Schoendoerffer Director: Laurent Bouhnik With: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot Director: Pierre Jolivet With: Béatrice Dalle, Benoit Magimel With: Thierry Lhermitte, Valérie With: Sandrine Bonnaire, Vincent Lindon Lemercier, Daniel Auteuil GOTTA DANCE! HAVE MERCY ON US ALL THE HOUSE IN ANOTHER PLACE Faut que ca Danse Pars vite, reviens tard La Maison L’avenir est ailleurs Gotta Dance! is an utterly rewarding and From Oscar-winner Régis Wargnier, the Middle-aged Malo (the wonderful Sergi 1962. The Algerian War draws to a close. uproariously funny comedy about an director of Indochine and East-West, Lopez) is unhappy in Paris, going through In the French West Indies, poverty is rife eccentric family with a knack for greeting comes this suspenseful police drama, a sticky separation from his wife and three and strikes rock the region. France life’s obstacles with wacky fortitude. based on the bestselling crime novel by kids. On a drive to the country with his desperately needs unskilled labour. Mass Fred Vargas. friend, Malo stumbles upon a house that emigration is put into action, and for The Bellinsky family consists of father is to be auctioned off, where he finds a nearly twenty years the controversial Salamon (cinema icon Jean-Pierre A mysterious affair puzzles the French child's intriguing letter to her absent ‘BUMIDOM’ office will supply postal, Marielle), who’s full of life at 80 but who authorities: a string of foreboding signs father. Back in Paris, he locates the customs, subway workers, and domestic the family wants to bury too soon; are strewn across Paris and their writer, now grown: Cloe (Bérénice Bejo), help. Genevieve the mother (Bulle Ogier), meaning is not clear until calamity hits: an unhappy woman living with her sister who’s in an early stage of dementia; and the Plague returns, wiping out scores of Laura (Barbara Schulz) and dreading the This film is a witness to these journeys. Sarah the daughter (Valeria Bruni- victims in its wake. More problematically, coming sale of the family home. The exiled speak to us about their Tedeschi), stuck between her separated it appears that some malevolent soul is struggles, successes, and failures, their parents, patiently seeking to build her life single-handedly controlling the Unexpected relationships form in this hopes, and the difficulty of being black with her fiancé. outbreak… Police captain Adamsberg engaging and heart-rending tale directed French, and therefore citizens apart. (Jose Garcia) must lead an investigation by Manuel Poirier (Western). Indeed, Today their children bear the heritage of Featuring a splendid cast of characters, that takes him through a juxtaposition tension builds as the auction date this generation. and brimming with life, Let’s Dance! was of 15th-century Europe and modern-day approaches, and there's a striking an unexpected critical & audience France. believability about the ways the various France 2007 – Documentary [80 mins] favourite in France upon its release in characters cope with the possibilities Director: Antoine-Léonardi Maestrati November, becoming one of the biggest France 2007 – Thriller [115 mins] arising from their experiences. local box office hits of the year. A delight. Director: Régis Wargnier With: José Garcia, Lucas Belvaus, Marie France 2007 – Drama [95 mins] France 20007 – Comedy [100 mins] Gillain Director: Manuel Poirier Director: Noémie Lvosky With: Sergi Lopez, Bérénice Bejo With: Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi IN MOM’S HEAD INTIMATE ENEMIES JEAN DE LA FONTAINE LET’S SAY… La Tête de Maman L’Ennemi intime On dirait que A fable as amusing and whimsical as La This absorbing film is a decidedly French Based on a Patrick Rotman novel, Fontaine's own classics, Jean de La In the tradition of the beloved To Be And take on the role of extramarital affairs and Intimate Enemies is the powerful Fontaine traces the young poet’s To Have comes a highly original and everyone’s undeniable right to happiness. depiction of a young soldier’s coming-of- confrontation with Colbert, financial entertaining new documentary where age during the Algerian War - as visceral administrator for Louis XIV’s Kingdom of children aged 8-13, sons and daughters Fifteen-year-old Lulu (Chloé Coulloud) and engrossing as Full Metal Jacket and France. of doctors, farmers, police officers and grew up with her devoted yet dull father Platoon. grocers, are asked to play at their parents' and with a mother (Karin Viard) prone to In 1661, Colbert gets his rival Fouquet jobs before the movie camera. depression, illness and self-centeredness. In 1959, a young, idealistic professional arrested, a powerful advisor of the young While tough to all appearances, Lulu Lt. Terrien (Benoit Magimel, king. Unlike other artists, La Fontaine This film was neither scripted nor longs to restore the smile to her mother's phenomenal), volunteers to serve in a war confirms his support for Fouquet and rehearsed and the children improvise face, and most of all, for her mother's fought mostly by conscripts and is posted even when penniless, stands by his following their impulses, to present the love. Happening upon an old home to a remote, hardscrabble territory, to take convictions, writing the Fables, which world as they understand and imagine it. movie, in which her twenty-year-old command over a platoon run by the protest against a despotic government in Are they acting out stories they've mother beams with pleasure in the arms cynical and much more experienced the height of its decline. experienced, heard or "seen on TV"? Do of a strange man, Lulu is certain that the sergeant Dougnac (Albert Dopontel). they immerse themselves in the imaginary key to her mother's happiness lies with Their differences and the harsh realities of Daniel Vigne’s drama is a spectacle of or reproduce reality as they see it every this anonymous man from the past… the battlefield drive the two men to classic dimensions unveiling La Fontaine day? Through their perception of these breaking point… as a free spirit and a great lover of life. jobs, of their difficulties, pleasures and France 2007 – Drama [95 mins] pain, the children offer a profound take on Director: Carine Tadieu Stunningly produced, the film features France 2007 – Drama [100 mins] the adult world. Let’s Say will delight and With: Karine Viard, Kad Mérad, Jane several spectacular battle sequences but Director: Daniel Vigne enchant you. Birkin they do not detract from the intimacy of With: Lorant Deutsch, Phillipe Torreton the story, which strongly conveys the France 2007 – Documantary [82 mins] complexities of this dark moment in Director: Françoise Marie French history. This powerful adult drama informs and complements the recently restored classic Battle of Algiers. France 2007 – Drama [108 mins] Director: Florent Emilio Siri With: Benoir Magimel, Albert Dupontel LOVE SONGS MOLIERE ODETTE TOULEMONDE THE PRICE TO PAY Les Chansons d’amour Le prix a payer In the spirit of Shakespeare in Love and The superb Catherine Frot (Me And My The wonderfully satisfying new film from Ridicule comes the sumptuous and ribald Sister, The Page Turner) positively glows The new battle-of-the-sexes comedy from Christophe Honoré (Inside Paris) is a new comedy from Laurent Tirard (I Do) as the title character in this adorable slice writer-director Alexandra Leclere (Me and formidably charming romance about love about a mysteriously blank period in the of magic realism – a huge hit at the My Sister) is an outrageous farce with a and loss in contemporary Paris – with, as life of great French satirist Jean-Baptiste French box office. cynical subtext, and rocketed to number the title suggests - music! The film follows Poquelin - aka Molière. one at the French box office last April. a few months in the life of Ismaël, played Objectively, Odette Toulemonde (Frot) by the floppy-haired Louis Garrel, who In 1644, Molière (a brilliant Romain Duris) has nothing to be happy about, but is. Odile (Nathalie Baye, in top form) is an seems to be competing strongly with is an impetuous 22-year-old. He’s an Awkwardly forty and widowed, with a rich housewife who has little else to do in Romain Duris for the title of France’s undeniably bad actor and is up to his hairdresser son and a daughter bogged life but shop, visit beauty salons, and fend favourite art-house pin-up boy. eyes in debt. And then, after having been down in adolescence, she spends her off the amorous advances of her husband imprisoned by his impatient creditors, he days behind the cosmetic's counter in a Jean-Pierre (Christian Clavier). Frustrated Ismael and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) are disappears... His release, we discover, is department store and her nights sewing by the separate bedrooms and the beautiful twenty-somethings who find that funded by the wealthy Monsieur Jourdain. feathers on costumes for Parisian variety absence of intimacy, on the questionable their relationship is becoming a little flat Brought into his chalet, Moliere is soon shows. But she dreams of thanking advice of his driver Jean-Pierre decides after eight years. Bringing Alice, Ismael's embroiled in a hotbed of romance, Balthazar Balsan (Albert Dupontel), her that his home situation and wife’s life of co-worker, into the relationship has repartee, subterfuge and seduction. favourite author, to whom - she believes - leisure must be renegotiated. “No sex, no created a comfortable menage-à-trois, but she owes her optimism. So, what to do money!” he announces delicately… Let has made other issues more apparent. Supported with star turns by Fabrice then when the rich and charming Parisian the games begin! But then tragedy strikes… How will Louis Luchini, Laura Morante, Ludivine Sagnier writer turns up in Odette’s life in an make sense of the world – and with and Fanny Valette, Moliere is a crowd- unexpected way? France 2007 – Comedy [95 mins] whom? pleasing treat. Director: Alexandra Leclére With a song on her lips and a bounce in With: Nathaliie Baye, Christian Clavier Strong supporting turns from Chiara France 2007 – Comedy [120 mins] her step, Frot embodies - without a trace Mastroianni, Clotilde Hesme, Yannick Director: Laurent Tirard of condescension - the unheralded army Reniere and – especially - young With: Romain Duris, Ludivine Sagnier of shop clerks, cashiers and concierges Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet make Love who harbour unsophisticated but genuine Songs a joyous ode to l’amour, and the dreams. A joy. risks and rewards of keeping an open heart (and mind). France 2007 – Comedy [104 mins] Director: Eric E. Schmitt France 2007 – Drama [100 mins] With: Catherine Frot, Albert Dupontel Director: Christophe Honoré With: Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA TRIVIAL UV La Graine et le mullet Chacun son cinema La Disparue de Deauville It's hot - stiflingly hot - in midsummer on Winner – Louis Delluc 2007 – Best The most beautiful birthday gift that the Sophie Marceau co-writes, directs and an island off the French coast, where a French Film of the Year Cannes Film Festival could have hoped to stars in TRIVIAL - a pulse-quickening wealthy family lolls away the days in Winner - Special Jury Prize – 2007 receive is this incredible collective film, suspense thriller about a missing luxury brilliant sunshine, bored beside their cliff- Venice Film Festival commissioned especially for the event’s hotel owner. side pool. Then Boris (Nicolas Cazalé), a th 60 birthday in 2007. Thirty five renowned seductive young stranger, arrives One of the most outstanding and critically cineastes from twenty five different Victoria (Marceau), a once-famous unannounced and arouses the emotions acclaimed French films of the year comes countries were each asked to make a actress possessing a captivating aura and of the two sensually arrogant poolside from celebrated director Abdellatif three-minute film on the theme of the considerable charm, died thirty years ago sisters (Laura Smet and Anne Caillon). Kechiche, whose L’esquive stormed the movie theatre, that magical venue of in disconcerting circumstances. She Boris has neither luggage nor ID, but Cesars in 2005 (winning four awards communion for cinema lovers the world reappears mysteriously in a lonely cop’s claims to have been invited by their no- including Best Film). This new drama - a over. life – Jacques (Christophe Lambert) – show brother Philippe. He quickly makes touching and resoundingly humanistic who’s investigating a disappearance in a himself at home - too quickly for André- story set in a small harbour in the south- The extraordinary casts assembled and Normandy chateau. Pierre, husband of the married sister. But east of France - cements his reputation. amazing diversity of the stories depicted the girls are swiftly charmed... make this a unique and essential big- What does this woman want? Why has We are introduced to 61-year-old screen event, guaranteed to delight and she has chosen Jacques? What Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner creates a Slimane, who has been left demoralised surprise those who appreciated 2007’s mysteries are hidden in the heart of this strange and unreal atmosphere for this after being laid off from his job of 35 years wonderful Paris Je’Taime. luxurious hotel? haunting thriller and psychological drama, at the local shipyard. Deciding to pursue reminiscent of Jacques Deray's classic his long cherished dream of opening a Don’t miss this chance to experience new France 2007 – Thriller [100 mins] The Pool. cous-cous restaurant, he begins the works from master directors including: Director: Sophie Marceau considerable task of persuading those Bille August, Jane Campion, Joel & Ethan With: Christophe Lambert, Sophie France 2007 – Drama [102 mins] around him, including his family, that the Coen, Chen Kaige, David Cronenberg, Marceau Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner venture has a future. The Dardenne Brothers, Atom Egoyan, With: Jacques Dutronc, Marthe Keller Amos Gitai, Alejandro González Iñárritu, A grand film about ordinary people, Aki Kaurismaki, Takeshi Kitano, Andrei Kechiche’s creation is a slow-burning Konchalovsky, Ken Loach, David Lynch, drama drenched with humanity. Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Walter Comparisons to the classic neo-realism Salles, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, cinema of Renoir and Casavettes are Wim Winders and Wong Kar-Wai. thoroughly deserved. Not to be missed. France 2007 – [118 mins] France 2007 – Drama [151 mins] Director: Abdellatif Kechiche With: Sabine Quazani, Mohamed Benaddeslem WAITING FOR SOMEONE WATER LILIES WICKED WEEKEND THE YEAR AFTER J’attends quelqu’un Naissance des pieuvres Pur Weekend L’Annee Suivante Full of pathos and perfectly observed, One of the standout discoveries of the In the uproarious new comedy from Writer-director Isabelle Czajka’s Waiting for Someone is an absorbing and 2007 Cannes Film Festival was this very Olivier Doran, seven lifelong friends impressive and powerfully moving drama exquisitely crafted drama following the impressively realized drama from writer- gather for their annual Easter Weekend explores the impact of the loss of a parent interwoven lives of five small town director Celine Sciamma – a fiercely hike to the summit of Mount Iseran. in a teenager's life. residents. perceptive account of the aching doubts, crushes and offhanded cruelty of This year, however, none of them has any Seventeen-year-old Manu (sensational Louis (the always fabulous Jean-Pierre adolescent girls. idea what lies ahead. David (Arnaud new talent Anais Demoustier) is unable to Daroussin) is a divorced father and bar Henriet), currently serving a three-year connect with her mother (Ariane manager, who fights loneliness by It's summer in the suburbs, and the town's sentence for dealing dope, has obtained a Ascaride), or get in touch with her own meeting Sabine (Florence Loiet-Caille) in swimming pool is the centre of attention. special leave of absence. 72 hours, he grief after the death of her father (Bernard a hotel room, though he has to pay for Marie, Anne and Florian are 15, swears, plenty of time for them all to Le Coq). Indeed, her mother seems eager this privilege. Louis is close to his beginning to experience the pangs of reach the summit. In fact, he has been to move on, and even starts dating again, sometime melancholic sister Agnes nascent sexuality. Anne (Blachère) granted only 24. And now with all of but Manu’s life is on auto-pilot. (Emmanuelle Devos, Read My Lips), a fancies a boy, François, but he only has France’s police force hot on their heels, teacher who has long been married to eyes for Florian. Marie (Acquart) is he's got no intention of giving himself up! Demoustier delivers a striking Jean-Philippe (Eric Caravaca). One day, similarly captivated by Florian, and performance as a teenager of few words Agnes encounters Stephane (Sylvain neglects her friendship with Anne as a France 2007 – Comedy [90 mins] whose stoic exterior hides a shattered Dieuaide), a young man from her past result. And as for Florian (Haenel), she's Director: Olivier Doran interior of grief and loneliness, and who who hides a dark secret… so adept at using her physical charms to With: Bruno Solo, Kad Mérad must decide how to move forward in her manipulate, that her true desires are hard life. This haunting, intelligent and France 2007 – Drama [96 mins] to fathom... understated film is a small jewel, marking Director: Jeróme Bonnell a major discovery in star and director. With: Jean-Pierre Daroussin, Emmanuelle Water Lilies is drenched with meaningful Devos subtext, but offers direct pleasures as a France 2007 – Drama [91 mins] (sometimes frighteningly) perceptive Director: Isabelle Czajka portrait of how hard it is to be a teen girl in With: Anais Dumoustier, Ariane Ascaride the exploratory routes to womanhood. The depiction of the character’s sexual rituals is quite frank, but never exploitative. France 2007 – Drama [85 mins] Director: Céline Sciamma With: Pauline Acquart, Adéle Haenel, Louise Blachére ALL AGES ALL AGES ALL AGES ALL AGES AZUR & ASMAR PRINCESS OF THE SUN THE RED BALLOON POM Azur et Asmar La Reine Soleil La Balloon rouge & Crin Blanc Pom le poulain An exquisitely crafted new animation from Based on Christian Jacq's best-selling Beautifully restored, here is a special An exciting and beautifully emotional tale the creator of Kirikou and the Sorceress - novel, Philippe Leclerc’s animation invites opportunity to revisit one of the landmarks about a young foal Pom who is separated a lavish Arabian Nights-style world, in younger audiences to discover the of French cinema on the big screen. from his mother, a young teenage boy which two brothers explore magical lands adventures of a princess and the not-so- who regains his heart and the friendship brimming with danger. young, the mysticism of Akhenaton. Paris, 1950’s. A little boy discovers a red between humans and horses. balloon, attached to a lamppost and A long time ago two boys are raised as Ancient Egypt, Akhesa, a ravishing 14- releases it. To everybody’s surprise, the France 2007 – Family [82 mins] brothers. Azur, blue eyes and blonde hair, year-old princess, daughter of Pharoah magic balloon keeps following the little Director: Olivier Ringer son of a lord, and Asmar, black eyes and Akhenaton, is far from imaging that she boy. This classic film (winner of the 1956 brown hair, son of the nanny. Some years will someday rule over Egypt… With the Cannes Palme d’Or) allows imagination to later, the brothers embark on a quest to help of Prince Thout, she runs away to take flight! With no dialogue, music plays find the beautiful Fairy Djinn. Our heroes Elephantine Island in search of her exiled a key role in setting the mood, leading us encounter the Scarlet Lion and a giant, mother, travelling from the Nile’s edges to to a magical finale across the Paris regal bird, and many other delights… the burning dunes of the desert. rooftops. More than an engaging and beautifully With innocence their only weapon, Screens with WHITE MANE: animated film, Azur and Asmar is a Akhesa and Thout overcome hurdles and Crin Blanc is a proud stallion who lives persuasive and elegant plea for tolerance. ordeals, and together have an with a herd of wild horses in the south of extraordinary destiny. France. The only human he will allow France 2006 – Animated [99 mins] close to him to tame him is a young fisher Director: Michel Ocelot France 2007 – Animated [77 mins] boy. As their friendship grows, they set off Director: Philippe Leclerc to find their freedom. France 1953 & 1956 – Family [36+45 mins] Director: Albert Lamorisse
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