A film by Katell Quillévéré
It all starts at daybreak, three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-support in a hospital in Le Havre, Simon’s existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life.
A film by François Ozon
In a small German town after World War I, Anna mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé Frantz, killed in battle in France. One day a young Frenchman, Adrien, also lays flowers at the grave. His presence so soon after the German defeat ignites passions.
A film by Renaud Fély, Arnaud Louvet
In Italy at the turn of the 13th century, Francis of Assisi led a simple fraternal life amongst the poorest, which fascinates and disturbs the all-powerful Catholic Church. With the support of the other friars, and driven by an intensely fervent faith, Francis fights to have his vision of a world of peace and equality recognized.
A film by Jean-François Laguionie
On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides. Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through the winter…
A film by Maria Schrader
screening at Palm Springs
The years of exile in the life of Stefan Zweig, one of the most read German-language writers of his time, between Buenos Aires, New York and Brazil. As a Jewish intellectual, Zweig struggles to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany, while searching for a home in the new world.
A film by Hubert Woroniecki
When he created the Elite modeling agency in the 1970s, John Casablancas invented the concept of the “supermodel.” If names like Naomi, Cindy, Linda, Iman, Gisèle or Kate are part of popular culture today, it’s mostly his doing. He lived a life many have dreamed about, surrounded by glamour and beauty. Now, John Casablancas tells his own story.
A film by Delphine & Muriel Coulin
screening at Chennai IFF
At the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan, two young military women, Aurore and Marine, are given three days of “decompression leave” with their unit, among tourists, at a five-star resort in Cyprus. But it’s not that easy to forget the war and leave violence behind.
A film by Raoul Peck
26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist’s son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police’s repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.
A film by Chad Chenouga
When Nassim, 16, is placed in Madame Cousin’s foster care in the social projects, he refuses to be assimilated with the other lowlife residents. He invents himself a whole other life, one that is more alike the wealthy teenagers from the Paris high-school he still goes to. His two contradicted lives, at the foster care and at high-school, must never meet.
A film by Damien Power
Ian and Samantha head to a national park, hoping the bush will give them space for some quiet time together. They arrive at an isolated campsite to find an SUV and a tent – no sign of the occupants. As night falls and the campers fail to return, Ian and Sam grow increasingly uneasy. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that test the young couple to breaking point.
A film by Barbara Albert
delivery date: Spring 2017
18th century Vienna. The true story of Maria Theresia von Paradis, a gifted piano player and close friend of Mozart’s, who lost her eye-sight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, the Paradis entrust Maria to Dr. Mesmer, a forward-thinking-physician who gives her the care and attention that she requires. With the doctor’s innovative techniques of magnetism, Maria slowly recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as the woman progressively starts to lose her gift for music. Faced with a heavy dilemma, Mademoiselle Paradis will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness, as a virtuoso.
A film by Pablo Berger
Carmen and Carlos, an ordinary couple from Madrid go to their nephew's wedding. After the cutting of the cake, Pepe, Carmen's cousin, asks for volunteers for his amateur hypnotist act. Carlos agrees, but only so he can mess it up. But things don't go as planned, when a spirit gets invited...
A film by Trent Haaga
Chip Taylor is what some girls call a ‘doggy’. He might get easily bullied, but when his sexy girlfriend Liza takes him with her to steal $68,000, Chip realizes how crazy she is and takes off with the money and the gun… only to find on his path chicks that are deadly crazy for his money.
A film by Kim Nguyen
A love story through the eye of a spider drone. Across the landscape of a Middle Eastern desert and an oil pipeline, appears a strange spider-like robot that seems to be scoping the horizon. At the other end of the world, in America, Gordon, drone operator and safe keeper of the pipeline, surveys the desolated landscapes from his screens. Having lost his way in a world he no longer comprehends, he becomes fascinated by Ayusha, a young woman promised to an older man she doesn’t love. Despite the distance, their mutual fear and their imperfect interaction, Gordon will do everything in his power to help Ayusha escape her fate, falling for her in the process.
A film by Erick Zonca
Dany, the Arnault family’s teenage son has disappeared. The case is assigned to François Visconti, a world-weary and disillusioned police chief whose wife has just left him. The policeman investigates to find the missing teenager while he is reluctant to take care of his own son, Denis, 16, who seems to be mixed up in drug trafficking. When Mr. Bellaile, Dany’s private teacher, learns about his former student’s disappearance, he offers his services to the police chief.
A film by Arild Andresen
a Norwegian offshore worker is a recent widower, now left alone to take care of
his adopted son, Daniel. Unable to deal with his single parent role, Kjetil
decides to bring Daniel back to Colombia, where a taxi driver helps him look
for the biological mother.
A film by Sou Abadi
Armand and Leila are in love. Together they plan to go to New York for an internship. But few days before their departure, Mahmoud, Leila’s big brother, comes back from his long-term stay in Yemen, during which he has changed drastically. Wanting to reframe Leila’s life, that he judges indecent, Mahmoud decides to confine his sister and stray her from her boyfriend. How can Armand free Leila? For his friends, Armand has no other choice – if he wants to sneak in Leila’s apartment – he will have to wear a niqab. The next day, a new woman in niqab walks through Paris… Her name is Shéhérazade…
A film by Brillante Ma Mendoza
Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenient store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa’s children are ready to do anything to buy their parents’ freedom from the corrupt police.
A film by Rithy Panh
Exile is an abandonment, a terrifying solitude. In exile, one's self is lost, one suffers, one fades away. But it is also possible to find one's own, in the land of words, of images, in reverie that is more than childish. It all starts with exile, and nothing is anything without it. Exile is a meditation on absence; on inner solitude, geography, politics. Exile is also an attempt at elucidation on the part of a boy who lived in Democratic Kampuchea and the man he becomes who cannot accept injustice: What kind of revolution might we wish for? A revolution for and with humanity? A revolution that lives up to humanity, with respect and understanding? Or an attempt at destruction, the false purity of which has seen so many disciples, be it in Asia or the West?
A film by Diastème
After attempting to set a mailbox on fire, Pimpette, 14, and her elder sister, Joséphine, spend their summer holidays shuttling between their secretly pregnant mom and bachelor father. But when Joséphine gets involved with the wrong crowd, little Pimpette turns out to be more responsible than the grown-ups who spend their time educating her.
A film by Anne Fontaine
Poland, 1945. Mathilde, a young French doctor with the Red Cross, is on a mission to help World War II survivors. When a nun seeks for her help, she is brought to a convent where several pregnant sisters are concealed from past barbaries of the Soviet soldiers. Unable to reconcile their faith with their pregnancy, the nuns turn to Mathilde who becomes their only hope.
A film by Händl Klaus
Andreas and Stefan lead a happy life: Together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna's vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question – the blind spot that resides in all of us.
A film by Farid Bentoumi
Samir has given much of his time and money developing ski equipments for a Swedish Olympic athlete. When the contract fails, his business partner and closest friend plans to save their company by sending Samir to represent Algeria at the Winter Olympics! Already broke, and expecting his second child, Samir trains to become the first Algerian cross-country skiing male athlete to participate in the winter games. Samir, the eldest son of an Algerian emigrant must first go back to his father's homeland in order to achieve this goal.
A film by Arthur Harari
Pier Ulmann blames his family of diamond dealers
for his father's tragic life – and death. To take revenge, he
returns among them, in Antwerp, with a robbery plan in mind.
A film by Assad Fouladkar
3 individual but intertwined stories in which devout Beiruti Muslims try to manage their love lives and desires without breaking any of their religion’s rules. Awatef, middle aged mom of two girls, is recruiting a second wife to help her satisfy her overly loving husband. The young and excessively jealous Mokhtar needs to find his ex-wife another man to be able to marry her again - for the 4th time. Loubna, freshly divorced, can finally marry her true love, but on a short-term contract only since he has a family.
A film by Claudio Cupellini
Nadine is a beautiful French young woman. Fausto is an Italian young man trying to make it in Paris as a restaurant waiter. They accidentally meet at a five-star hotel. Both are fragile, alone and obsessed with the idea of an unattainable happiness. Their intense love is challenged by their own individual ambition and desperation.
A film by Arthur Delaire & Quentin Reynaud
Claire and Maurice have to take the whole family to Claire's father's funeral. This tightly knit family is not only composed of Claire's vegetarian son, Alex, who's secretly fond of Maurice's daughter, Lucie, the teenage rebel, but also Claire's brother, a poet living under his sister's roof; without forgetting young Prune, Claire and Maurice's daughter, who will develop a passion for the country's emblematic cows. They must all strive to get along during the road trip to Willouby.
A film by Ounie Lecomte
is a physical therapist. With her young son, Noé,
she moves to Dunkirk, the city where she was born and given up for adoption,
30 years earlier. Elisa is determined to pursue the impossible task of finding
her biological mother in order to understand her past and their story. A twist of fate is going to upend her
A film by Nanni Moretti
is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins,
who is quite a headache on set. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold
her life together, despite her mother's illness and her daughter's adolescence.
A film by László Nemes
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial.
After the Supertyphoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine. The survivors are left to search for the dead, while keeping their sanity intact, and protecting what little faith there may be left. A series of events continue to test their endurance.
A film by Yared Zeleke
Ephraim is a young
Ethiopian boy. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable,
to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland.
Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an
excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to
sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. The young boy, however, is
ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.
A film by Jeremy Sims
Rex drives a cab and has never left Broken Hill in his life. When he discovers he doesn't have long to live, he decides to drive across the heart of the country to Darwin, where he's heard he will be able to die on his own terms; but along the way he discovers that before you can end your life you've got to live it, and to live it you've got to learn to share it...
A film by Cameron & Colin Cairnes
Popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for the last 5 years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV the producers find themselves up against a new hard edged web series which makes their show look decidedly quaint. It’s time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy?
A film by Philippe Falardeau
Guibord is an independent Member of Parliament who represents Prescott-Makadewà-Rapides-aux Outardes, a vast county in Northern Quebec. As the entire country watches, Guibord unwillingly finds himself in the awkward position of holding the decisive vote to determine whether Canada will go to war. Accompanied by his wife, his daughter and an idealistic intern from Haiti named Sovereign, Guibord travels across his district in order to consult his constituents. While groups of lobbyists get involved in a debate that spins out of control, the MP will have to face his own conscience. 'My Internship in Canada' is a biting political satire in which politicians, citizens and lobbyists go head-to-head tearing democracy to shreds.
A film by Eva Husson
George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires.
A film by Sandra Kogut
Eight-year-old Ygor and six-year-old Rayane are left by their mother on Regina’s doorstep in the upscale Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Ipanema. The sudden and unexpected arrival of these lower class kids in Regina’s world and the search for their mother in a city rendered almost unrecognizable by massive modernization will change their lives forever.
A film by Yaelle Kayam
A devout woman is living with her family in the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. During the day, while her husband and children are at school, she is left alone in the mountain. She goes for walks in the cemetery, trying to escape the endless house work. One night, out of frustration, she storms out of the house climbing the cemetery, running wherever her feet will carry her. To her surprise, she is exposed to an unsettling sexual scene. Stirred by this image, she starts exploring this new realm of the mountain, while trying to keep a normal face during her daytime routine. Until she can't anymore.
A film by Laurent Tuel
Marco, a tired Parisian photographer in his early 30s, starts a new life in the countryside. From sweet encounters to troubling discoveries, and precious moments with his loved ones, he will rebuild his confidence and overcome his everlasting fears.
A film by Nassim Amaouche
During his mother’s funeral, Samir makes eye contact with an unknown person, his father. The latter then embarks Samir on a family affair that takes him to the heart of the Kabyle Parisian community. Samir must confront his past, overcome both his childhood experiences and his clan, in order to become a free man - an "Apache."
A film by Philippe Guedj & Philippe Roure
Almost declared bankrupt in the late 90s, Marvel benefited from a new crave for comics, and rose back to become the King of tentpole movies. Marvel Stories recaptures in one documentary film, the two previous films: Marvel Renaissance (52min) and Marvel Universe (3x26min), to explore the underlying universe of the Marvel Empire.
A film by Bobbie Peers
In mid–winter the German illusionist Dirk Ohm (August Diehl) arrives in the small town of Grong, a place ridden by the disappearance of a young local woman – Maria (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen). Dirk soon finds himself searching for Maria side by side with the villagers; and slowly he falls in love with the missing woman.
A film by Alanté Kavaïté
17 year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. Afraid of heights, she has never dared
to even enter in one of the cockpits. At a summer aeronautical show, nearby her
parents' lakeside villa, she meets Auste, a local girl of her age, who unlike
Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and dare. As the two girls become lovers,
allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her teenage
love the only person to truly encourage her in flying.
A film by Francesca Archibugi
extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona are expecting. At a dinner with Betta
and Sandro, the refined and literate couple, and Claudio, the eccentric
musician, one question will lead to an
that will shake up the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son.
A film by Vincent Garenq
2001. The journalist Denis Robert sets the world of finance ablaze when he exposes Clearstream Banking's opaque operations. In his search for the truth and his attempt to reveal the 'affair of all affairs', he ends up crossing paths with Judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke, well-known for his commitment to the fight against corruption, and in charge of the investigation for the Taiwan Frigate Affair. Their parallel enquiries will lead them to the heart of a dark political financial machine called the Clearstream system, severely shaking up the French governing class.