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SHOWING 181 FILMS FROM FRANCE

AALTRA

Two bickering neighbors are crippled in an accident involving an industrial machine. This unexpectedly hilarious depiction of their subsequent wheelchair odyssey is both the unlikeliest of road movies and an ode to the advantages, too little-explored these days, of both black-and-white CinemaScope and political incorrectness. In French. Á á |Read More

ACCUSED NO. 2: WALTER SISULU

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: France
A trove of 256 hours of sound archives of the Rivonia trial bring back to life the political battle waged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants against apartheid. This film looks at one of them in particular: Accused No. 2, Walter Sisulu. |Read More
Animation, Documentary

ALGERIA, UNSPOKEN STORIES

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 160 minutes
  • Directed By: Jean-Pierre Lledo
  • Country: France, Algeria
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. |Read More
Documentary

ALL ABOUT ACTRESSES

  • Release Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Directed By: Maïwenn and Maïwenn
  • Country: France
Maïwenn sets out to resolve her tortured actress identity by making a faux-documentary around a bevy of famous French actresses—only to transform into the treacherous position of the director, falling in love with her subjects and subjected to their starlet-driven wrath. Indulging in the interior insecurities of divas and has-beens, she blurs reality through real-world-like footage and fantastical musical sequences. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

ALL TOGETHER

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Country: France
Jane Fonda stars in this coming-of-old-age comedy about five retired friends who move in together. Can their life-long friendships survive when old secrets and jealousies emerge? |Read More

ALOFT

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Claudia Llosa
  • Country: Canada, France, Spain
In parallel narratives, single-mother Nana (Jennifer Connelly) has a mysterious experience at the hands of a traveling healer, years later her troubled son Ivan (Cillian Murphy) sets out in search of his now absent mother. Academy Award®–nominee Claudia Llosa’s (The Milk of Sorrow) decade-spanning family drama is a dreamlike rumination on faith, forgiveness, and family, set against an otherworldly frozen landscape. A Sony Pictures Classics Release. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

ALTERATION

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Directed By: Jérome Blanquet
  • Country: France
Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams in this poetic trip into the future. He can’t imagine that he will be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence who aims to digitize his subconscious in order to feed off of it. She’s a vampire…bit by megabit. |Read More

AS I OPEN MY EYES

As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid’s musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. In partnership with Venice Days. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Music

ASSAULT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Julien Leclercq and Julien Leclercq
  • Country: France
Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. |Read More
Thriller

ATLANTIC AVENUE

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Directed By: Laure De Clermont
  • Country: France
Young male prostitute Jeremiah waits under a bridge for potential customers. Across the way, seventeen-year-old Celeste is in the middle of a crosswalk when her scarf tangles in her wheelchair. She blocks traffic, and Jeremiah, on his way to a job, stops to help. That moment sparks an infatuation in Celeste, but Jeremiah is too focused on his business. Then she returns as a customer and asks him to be her first love. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s)

AVIDA

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Directed By: Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine
  • Country: France
A hilarious critique of life's cruelties, this modern surrealist comedy--by the same pair of loons responsible for Aaltra (TFF 2005)--chronicles the kidnapping of a plump billionaire's dog by a deaf-mute and two ketamine addicts. In a series of absurd, grotesque sequences, the wealthy woman turns the situation around and forces them to carry out her last wishes. The squeamish should stay at home. |Read More
Comedy

AX

The axe falls at the very beginning of Costa-Gavras's black comedy transposing a Donald Westlake novel to France, as Bruno (Jose Garcia), a chemist loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later,he still jobless, he hits on a solution: eliminating all the competetive applicants by killing them. |Read More

BACKSTAGE

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Country: France
An adolescent groupie (Isild Le Besco) zeroes in on her Blondie-like idol (Emmanuelle Seigner) after the singer chances to cross her orbit on a publicity tour. Gradually their lives intertwine as, with near-operatic intensity, the film delves into the emotional dependency on both sides of celebrity culture. |Read More

BAD GONES

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Directed By: Stéphane Demoustier and Stéphane Demoustier
  • Country: France
When a man brings his eight-year-old son to a soccer game and the ticket price is higher than he expected, he is desperate not to disappoint the boy in Bad Gones.

Screening as part of the Shorts: Status Update program. |Read More
Sports

BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 70 minutes
  • Directed By: Marie Losier and Marie Losier
  • Country: USA, France
Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, who has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music

BATTLESCAR

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 9 minutes
  • Country: USA, France
After Lupe, a Puerto Rican runaway, meets Debbie in the cell of a juvenile detention center, she is introduced to the punk scene of the Lower East Side and the secret world of Alphabet City. BattleScar is a coming of age drama set in 1978 New York that explores identity and empowerment through stunning animation and immersive environments. |Read More
New York, Animation, Latino Director(s)

BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 107 minutes
  • Country: France
A cocky, gutsy take on the anguishing contradictions of polar opposite worlds, this remake of the James Toback 1978 cult classic Fingers tells the story of Tom, a French urbanite caught between the crime underworld of his father and his late mother's wish for him to become a concert pianist. A Wellspring release. |Read More

BEING 14

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Hélène Zimmer
  • Country: France
Adopting an observational style, Being 14 captures all the secrets, trials, and anguish of adolescence, as experienced by best friends Sarah, Louise, and Jade in their final year of middle school. The narrative plays like a documentary in each true-to-life scene; the camera is witness to their lives unfolding, as it unobtrusively records the moments of a year, after which everything will change. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)