A Summer's Tale (Conte d'été)
Celebrated French auteur Eric Rohmer's light-as-air 1996 classic A Summer's Tale—the third film in his Four Seasons series—has finally received the big screen treatment in U.S. for the first time ever with a newly restored print. About the film, which stars Melvil Poupaud (Time to Leave, Laurence Anyways), the Village Voice says it "feels like a great beach read of a movie... [The film] makes obvious this director's influence on the epic walk-and-talks and romantic inquisitions of latter-day Richard Linklater. It's a merciful vision, and a vacation we all deserve."
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:00 PM
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 12:00 PM
Abuse of Weakness (Abus de faiblesse)
Known for her controversial deconstructions of gender politics played out in the sexual arena, writer/director Catherine Breillat is one of the most uncompromising filmmakers in France. In this starkly unsentimental autobiographical story, Breillat recounts the real-life events that led to her getting taken for nearly a million dollars by the notorious con man Christophe Rocancourt. Formidable actress Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Amour) plays Maude, the Breillat-like filmmaker who has suffered a stroke and finds solace in opportunistic Vilko, played by rapper Kool Shen.
Bicycling with Moliere (Alceste à bicyclette)
In this warm, funny, literate comedy, two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except with regard to their love for performing Molière’s The Misanthrope. Set on the glorious île de Ré, located off France’s Atlantic coast, the film follows the two as they argue, rehearse scenes, bike along the island’s windswept beaches, and consider their options—as personified by a local porn actress and an attractive Italian divorcée—as well as the ever-present lure of island real estate. (Karen Cooper)
Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)
The final installment in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy—begun with L'auberge espagnole and followed by Russian Dolls—this film rejoins the international cast of characters who met in college and are now in their 40s. Roman Duris plays a father of two who is finishing his new novel. When his ex (Kelly Reilly) decides to take their children to live in Manhattan, he decides to follow them. Meanwhile, as he adjusts to live in the bustling new metropolis, his friends Isabelle (Cécile de France) and Martine (Audrey Tautou) are never far away.
Fanny, settles in for a more intimate look at the travails of Fanny's life with Panisse, the man who stepped up when her honor was at stake. From the marriage, Fanny will get financial security and avoid scandal, while Panisse gets what he wants. Newcomer Victoire Belezy is more than up for the task of conveying Fanny's emotional turmoil and Jean-Pierre Darroussin is a surprisingly sympathetic Panisse, hoping to wrest some genuine love from the arrangement. As long as Marius stays out of the picture, he has a chance.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 2:30 PM
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 12:00 PM
Le Chef (Comme un chef)
In this gastronomic comedy, self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (veteran actor Jean Reno, The Professional) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine. Desperate to cling to his status as a Three Star chef, Lagarde teams up with Jacky and together they try to find the balance between tradition and trend.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 12:00 PM
In the 1920s Marseille, Marius works at his father César's bar, but aspires to the life of a merchant seaman. As much as he loves the idea of adventure, he also pines for the fishmonger's beautiful daughter Fanny, without knowing that she harbors secret feelings of love for him too. But Panisse, an aging, heirless, widower declares his intention to wed Fanny and father a son to inherit the family sailing business. Based on Marcel Pagnol's Marseille trilogy and directed by actor/auteur Daniel Auteuil.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 1:45 PM
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 12:00 PM
Mood Indigo (L'Écume des jours)
From visionary director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep) comes this surreal and poetic story set in fantastical Paris, where Colin, an inventive young man (Romain Duris), meets Chloé (Audrey Tatou), who seems to be the incarnation of the blues by Duke Ellington. Their idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloé becomes ill, due to a water lilly growing in her lung. To pay for her medical care, Colin must work in increasingly absurd conditions, while their apartment falls to bits around them.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 5:00 PM
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 5:30 PM
Mr. leos caraX (Mr. X)
In France, Leos Carax (Holy Motors, Lovers on the Bridge) has long been branded as a mysterious, solitary filmmaker with an aversion to the media and the public at large. Yet outside of his home country, his work takes precedence over this public image, and he is recognized as an icon of world cinema. This documentary tackles the complex artist—a cult figure since his first feature—by plunging the spectator into the poetic and visionary world of his films. An immersive and dreamlike portrait inspired by his singular artistic vision.