Films (all w/English subtitles) will be shown in the French House Common Room (second floor of King Hall). All are welcome! Refreshments will be served!
January 29, 8:00 p.m., Incendies (2010)
In this drama/mystery, directed by Denis Villeneuve, a mother's dying wishes send her twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from the acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies tells the powerful and moving story of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
February 12, 8:00 p.m., Mommy (2014)
This Canadian drama/coming of age film, directed by, Xavier Dolan, tells the story of the recently widowed mom of an unpredictable and sometimes violent teenage son. She is struggling to raise him alone after he has been expelled from the latest in a long line of institutions. A peculiar new neighbor across the street offers her help, and together they find a new sense of balance and hope.
February 26, 8:00 p.m., Ma vie de Courgette (2016)
Ma vie de Courgette is a stop motion adult animated comedy-drama film, directed by Claude Barras. After losing his mother, a young boy nicknamed Courgette is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. The story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Ma vie de Courgette received 12 awards from different Film Festivals.
March 19, 8:00 p.m., Divines
This urban crime drama directed by Houda Benyamina tells the story of Dounia, a teenage girl living on the outskirts of Paris. She dreams of power and success. With the support of her best friend Maimouna, she starts working for Rebecca, a local drug dealer. After meeting Djigui, a dancer who catches her eye, her life is turned upside down. Between the sensuous dancer and the respected dealer, who will she choose? This energetic movie, portraying young women in French banlieues, won the Caméra d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
April 2, 8:00 p.m., Welcome (2009)
This immigration drama, directed by Philippe Lioret (2009), tells the story of Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, who has struggled his way through Europe trying to reunite with his girlfriend in England. His journey comes to a halt when he is stopped by French authorities. Left with no alternatives, Bilal decides he will swim across the English Channel. He meets Simon, a swimming instructor, who agrees to help him. What begins as a relationship based on self-interest develops into something much more. As deeply as this film explores the souls of Bilal and his wary protector, "Welcome" evokes a world of overwhelming forces, both natural and social, plying the waters of history. These forces may be resisted, but they will not be stopped.
April 16, 8:00 p.m., 120 battements par minute (2017)
120 battements par minutes (2017), directed by Robin Campillo, takes place in the early 1990s in France and tells the story of Act Up-Paris activists trying to fight general indifference while AIDS has already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years. The Act Up goal was to rouse the gay community from fatalism and torpor – and strike back against the hostile complacency of the political and Big Pharma establishment. Without comment, but with tacit humor Campillo allows us to absorb the irony of campaigners demanding more medical information, but who keep going outside for cigarette breaks. This movie is a compelling feature about love, life and friendship. This film has what its title implies: a heartbeat. It is full of cinematic life, and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes. Come watch this powerful drama with us!