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French Film Fest 21 synopses, schedules and trailers


Here is a list of the films that will be screened during this year's French Film Festival.


Belles familles (Families) - 2015
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Running time: 1 h 53 mins
Rating: PG


Jerome Varenne lives in Shanghai. During a quick trip to Paris, he learns that his childhood home in the village of Ambray is at the center of a local conflict. He heads there to straighten things out. This escapade will change his life forever.

Cast: Matthieu Amalric, Marine Vacth, Gilles Lellouche, Nicole Garcia, Karin Viard, Guillaume de Tonquédec, André Dussolier, Gemma Chan

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Bird people – 2014
Director: Pascale Ferran
Running time: 2 h 7 mins
Rating: R-13


In transit in an international hotel near Roissy airport on the outskirts of Paris, a computer engineer coping with a huge amount of professional and emotional pressure decides to radically change the direction of his life.

A few hours later, a young hotel maid, who is at an in-between period of her life, finds her existence turned upside down by a supernatural event.

Cast: Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier, Roschdy Zem, Camélia Jordana, Akéla Sari, Anne Azoulay, Manuel Vallade, Hippolyte Girardot

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La vie très privée de Monsieur Sim (The Very Private Life of Mr. Sim) – 2015
Director: Michel Leclerc
Running time: 1 h 42 mins
Rating: No rating


Mister Sim is of no concern whatsoever. At least, this is what he thinks about himself. His wife has left him, his job has left him, and when goes to see his father in a remote part of Italy, not even Dad has the time to have lunch with him. He then receives an unexpected offer: to travel through France selling toothbrushes that will “revolutionize oral-dental hygiene”. He takes advantage of the job to catch up with people from his childhood, to meet the first big love of his life, along with his daughter, and to make amazing discoveries and, in so doing, rediscover himself.

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Mathieu Almaric, Valeria Golino, Linh-Dan Pham, Isabelle Gélinas, Vimala Pons, Félix Moati, Vincent Lacoste

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Five - 2016
Director: Igor Gotesman
Running time: 1 h 42 mins
Rating: R-16


A young man paying the rent for himself and his lifelong friends at an apartment ends up flat-broke and resorts to selling marijuana to pay the bills - only to get caught up in the dangerous world of drugs.

Cast: Pierre Niney, François Civil, Igor Gotesman, Margot Bancilhon, Idrissa Hanrot, Pascal Demolon, Michèlle Moretti, Philippe Duclos

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Grand Central - 2013
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Running time: 1 h 34 mins
Rating: No rating



Synopsis:

Gary is young, agile, a quick learner. He’s one of those who has never been promised anything. After a succession of odd jobs, he begins work at a nuclear power plant. There, amongst the reactors and their high doses of radioactivity, he finally finds what he’s been looking for: money, a team, a family. But the team also includes Karole, Toni’s wife, with whom he falls in love. Forbidden love and radiation slowly contaminate Gary. Each day is menacing.

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet, Johan Libérau, Nozha Khouadra, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Camille Lellouche

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La Belle saison (Summertime) – 2015
Director: Catherine Corsini
Running time: 1 h 46 mins
Rating: No rating



Synopsis:

In 1971, Delphine is twenty-three years old. A farmer’s daughter, she comes to Paris so as to be financially independent; she dreams of running her own farm, something unthinkable for a woman to do at this time.

Carole is a Parisian. She’s thirty-five years old and lives with Manuel. She’s actively involved with the beginning of the feminist movement. When Delphine and Carole meet, their love affair turns their lives upside down.

But Delphine is obliged to return to the family farm. Carole follows her. Once there, they’ll have to cope with another reality.

Cast: Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs, Benjamin Bellecour, Laetitia Dosch, Sarah Suco, Nathalie Beder





La Ritournelle (Paris Follies) – 2014
Director: Marc Fitoussi
Running time: 1 h 38 mins
Rating: No rating


Synopsis:

Brigitte and Xavier farm cattle in Normandy. Brigitte’s a dreamer, with her head in the clouds, whereas Xavier’s feet are firmly on the ground and his main focus is his work. Now that their children have left home, the couple’s routine life increasingly weighs Brigitte down. One day, in a moment of madness, she leaves the fields behind and heads for Paris. Xavier then realizes that he is perhaps going to lose her.

Will they manage to get back together? And how does one reinvent oneself after so many years? To regain your wife’s affections, you sometimes have to take a crooked path.

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Michael Nyqvist, Pio Marmai, Jean-Charles Clichet, Marina Foïs, Audrey Dana, Anaïs Demoustier

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Le Fantôme de Canterville (The Canterville Ghost) - 2016
Director: Yann Samuel
Running time: 1 h 35 mins
Rating: G



Synopsis:

In the depths of legendary Brittany, Aliénor de Canterville’s ghost is condemned to haunt his family’s castle and to scare away any new inhabitants. She fulfills this mission wonderfully, assisted by Gwilherm, her faithful servant. But when the Otis family, fleeing from Parisian life, buys the castle, Aliénor is upset that she isn’t able to frighten this 21st century tribe. Fifteen-year-old Virginia Otis, moved by the Canterville ghost’s fate, will try to free Aliénor from the curse affecting her life.

Cast: Audrey Fleurot, Michaël Youn, Michèle Laroque, Lionnel Astier, Mathilde Daffe, Julien Frison

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Les Nouvelles aventures d’Aladin (The New Adventures of Aladin) - 2015
Director: Arthur Benzaquen
Running time: 1 h 47 mins
Rating: G


Synopsis:
On Christmas Eve, Sam and his best buddy Khalid dress up as Santa to steal as much as they can from a department store. But Sam gets cornered by some children and has to tell them a story, the story of Aladin – his version, at least. Taking on the character of Aladin, Sam heads off on a voyage to the heart of Baghdad, the city of a thousand and one riches. But alas, behind the colorful folklore, the people are suffering the tyranny of the terrible Vizir, known for his cruelty and his dubious breath. Will the young thief Aladin, helped by his genie, be able to thwart the Vizir’s diabolical plans, save Khalid, and win the heart of Princess Shallia? Actually he will. But we won’t lie to you: it’s not going to be easy!

Cast: Kev Adams, Jean-Paul Rouve, Vanessa Guide, William Lebghil, Audrey Lamy, Arthur Benzaquen, Eric Judor, Michel Blanc

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Les Souvenirs (Memories) - 2015
Director: Jean-Paul Rouve
Running time: 1 h 36 mins
Rating: No rating


Synopsis:

Romain is twenty-three years old. He’d like to be a writer but, for the moment, he’s night watchman in a hotel.

His father is sixty-two years old. He is retired and seems to not give a damn about anything. He shares an apartment with a twenty-four- year-old guy whose sole aim in life is to seduce a woman, no matter who, and no matter the cost.

His grandmother is eighty-five years old. She’s in an old people’s home and wonders what on earth she is doing with stuck with all these old people.

One day, Romain’s father turns up in a fluster as his grandmother seemingly disappears. Romain sets out to find her, somewhere in his memories.

Cast: Michel Blanc, Annie Cordy, Matthieu Spinosi, Chantal Lauby, William Lebghil, Flore Bonaventura, Audrey Lamy, Jean-Paul Rouve

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Mon roi (My King) - 2015
Director: Maïwenn
Running time: 2 h 8 mins
Rating: R-16



Synopsis:

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on her turbulent relationship with Georgio.

Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply?

How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing lies ahead of her—physical work, which may finally set her free.

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco Patrick Raynal, Paul Hamy, Yann Goven, Chrystèle Saint-Louis Agustin

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Party Girl - 2014
Director: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Running time: 1 h 35 mins
Rating: No rating


Synopsis:

Angélique is sixty years old. She still loves to party and she still loves men. At night, to earn a living, she gets them to drink in a nightclub on the German border. Eventual;y, clients have become few and far between. But Michel, her regular, is still in love with her. One day, he asks her to marry him.

Cast: Angelique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, Mario Theis, Samuel Theis, Séverine Litzenburger, Cynthia Litzenburger, Chantal Dechuet, Alyssia Litzenburger

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Toute première fois (I Kissed a Girl) - 2015
Director: Noémie Saglio, Maxime Govare
Running time: 1 h 30 mins
Rating: No rating



Synopsis:
Jérémie, 34, wakes up in an apartment he doesn’t know, next to a woman he doesn’t know. She is Adna, a stunning Swedish woman who is as funny as she is sweet. Is this the beginning of a fairy tale? Not quite, since Jérémie is about to get married—to Antoine.

Cast: Pio Marmai, Lannick Gautry, Adrianna Gradziel, Camille Cottin Franck Gastambide, Frédéric Pierrot, Isabelle Candellier, Sébastien Castro

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Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man) - 2015
Director: Yann Gozlan
Running time: 1 h 37 mins
Rating: No rating


Synopsis:

Twenty-five- year old Mathieu has always aspired to become a famous author. It’s a dream that seems inaccessible because, despite all his efforts, he has never managed to be published. Meanwhile, he earns his living by working for a moving company.

His destiny takes a new turn the day he stumbles across the manuscript of elderly and solitary man who both recently died. At first Mathieu hesitates, then finally decides to steal the text and pretend he wrote it.

He becomes the bright new star of French literature. Everyone is now eagerly anticipating his second novel, and as each day passes and pressure mounts, Mathieu plunges ever deeper into a criminal spiral of lies in order to keep his dark secret hidden.

Cast: Pierre Niney, Ana Girardot, Andre Marcon, Valeria Cavalli, Thibault Vincon, Marc Barbe, Laurent Grevill, Sacha Mijovic

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Un + Une - 2015
Director: Claude Lelouch
Running time: 1 h 53 mins
Rating: PG


Synopsis:

Antoine is a musician and he resembles one of the heroes in the films whose scores he composes. He’s charming, successful, and goes through life with as much humor as lightheartedness. When he travels to India to work on a very original version of Romeo and Juliette, he encounters Anna, a woman with whom he has nothing in common with, but who he finds devastatingly attractive. Together, they go on an incredible adventure.

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Elizabeth Zylberstein, Christopher Lambert, Alice Pol, Rahul Vohra, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Abhishek Krishnan, Venantino Venantini

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Human - 2015
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Running time: 3 h 11 mins
Rating: No rating

Synopsis:

Human is a collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before- seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

Human is a politically engaged work, which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

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Encore heureux (Hopefully) - 2016
Director: Benoït Graffin
Running time: 1 h 33 mins
Rating: No rating



Synopsis:

Marie is a little tired of the carefree attitude of her husband Sam, a senior executive for 2 years. She is very tempted to allow herself to be seduced by a handsome anonymous man who courts her. There is also her daughter’s piano competition. This crazy light and balance stands more or less, as unexpected events leads the whole family towards an even crazier path.

Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Edouard Baer, Bulle Ogier, Carla Besnaïnou, Mathieu Torloting, Benjamin Biolay





Imbisibol (Invisible) - 2015
Director: Lawrence Fajardo
Running time: 2 h 12 mins
Rating: R-13


Synopsis:

Imbisibol tells the tale of illegal Filipino immigrants in Japan and their plight to evade authorities. It weaves together several narratives about undocumented Filipino workers trying to support themselves and their families back home by taking under-the-counter work in Japan.

Cast: Allen Dizon, Ces Quesada, Bernardo Bernardo, JM de Guzman, JC Santos, Onyl Torres, Mailes Kanapi

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Manang Biring - 2015
Director: Carl Joseph Papa
Running time: 1 h 28 mins
Rating: PG


Synopsis:

Manang Biring is a comedy-drama about a feisty but terminally-ill old lady who has learned to accept her imminent demise. Until one day, she receives a letter from her long-estranged daughter abroad announcing of her return for the holidays. As she races against time with her declining health, Biring will go to great lengths to prolong her life and gift her daughter and grandson a happy Christmas.

Cast: Erlinda Villalobos, Mailes Kanapi, Alcris Galura, Lance Raymundo, Bea Benedicto, Patricky Sugui, John Carlo Tan, Cherry Pie Picache

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Below is the daily schedule from June 8 to 14:


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