Film Countries Archives: France

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Tsutsué [short film]

  Armartei Armar

  France, Ghana     15 minutes

Synopsis

The sons of fisherman Sowah and Okai cope with the loss of their eldest brother, who drowned during a fishing expedition.

This film screens as part of Shorts 7: Sudden Waves (Black Perspectives)

 Asante Twi 

Media

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Kayak [short film]

  Solène Bosseboeuf, Flore Dechorgnat, Tiphaine Klein, Auguste Lefort, Antoine Rossi

  France     7 minutes

Synopsis

A father takes his baby out for a leisurely kayaking trip, which turns out to be not so relaxing.

This film screens as part of Shorts 9: Outside the Lines (Family Friendly Animation)

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Collection of four animated film stills representing Shorts Program 9

Shorts 9: Outside the Lines (Family Friendly Animation)

  Various

  Belgium, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States     74 minutes

Synopsis

This group of fun, energetic, emotional, and beautifully made animated works will capture the imaginations of audiences of all ages. Featuring works by Solène Bosseboeuf, Flore Dechorgnat, Tiphaine Klein, Auguste Lefort, Antoine Rossi, Bret Parker, Chiang Yao, Wendy Wai Yi Kong, India Barnardo, Sean McCarron, Ana Gusson, Kris Theorin and Britt Raes.

A father takes his baby out for a leisurely kayaking trip, which turns out to be not so relaxing in Kayak (France). Pete (US) is a coming-of-age story about not conforming to gender norms, and the champions whose support makes all the difference. Mr. Cat’s severe fear of water has stopped him from achieving his dreams, until one day he makes a new friend who motivates him to persevere Impurrfection (Taiwan). A farm boy falls in love at first sight with a mysterious girl riding a Cow (Hong Kong). An epic battle breaks out between a cat and a moth in order to win the perfect spot on the couch in Cat and Moth (UK). An eccentric boy has trouble fitting in at school due to his obsession with crows in Corvine (Canada). A pre-teen is caught between what her mother wants her to be, and what she wants for herself in Pivot (Canada). A family is visited by a mysterious and invisible being with a taste for TV in Grump in the Night (US). A small child befriends a giant rock who seems to have lost its home in Luce and the Rock (Belgium).

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 2:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

Sponsors

With Support From (Corvine, Pivot)

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Under the Fig Trees

  Erige Sehiri

  Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar     92 minutes

Synopsis

A truck filled with workers—women and men, young and old—arrives at an orchard at dawn. The youngest among them head up into the trees to pick figs under the watchful eye of the foreman. They are restless and eager in the summer heat, stealing away from work to catch up, gossip, squabble, and flirt. Over the course of a day in the harvest, each encounter between the workers on the cusp of adulthood is ripe with discovery and connection, as the older women share songs and reminiscences of lives lived and loves lost. Sun-dappled and sensual, Erige Sehiri’s fiction debut captures the promise of first love, the ephemerality of youth, and the sorrows of life with remarkable intimacy and tenderness.

 Arabic with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 1:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Erige Sehiri, Didar Domehri
  •   Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
  •   Erige Sehiri, Hafedh Laaridhi, Ghalya Lacroix
  •   Frida Marzouk
  •   Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
  •   Aymen Laabidi
  •   Heina Production, Maneki Films

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Vicenta B

  Carlos Lechuga

  Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway     77 minutes

Synopsis

Vicenta is a Cuban santera who possesses the gifts of being able to see into the future and communicate with spirits. She lives harmoniously with her only son, and has loyal customers who come to her for spiritual guidance. When Vicenta’s son decides to leave the country in search of opportunity, she suddenly finds herself deep in a crisis of her own belief—the spirits are no longer speaking to her. Vicenta embarks on a journey to hear the spirits once more, confronted by her solitude in a country where it seems that everyone is losing their faith. Carlos Lechuga (Melaza, Santa & Andrés) returns to the Festival with this lyrical and meditative study of faith, tradition, and human connection.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 6:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Claudia Calviño, Samuel Chauvin, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Consuelo Castillo, Dag Hoel, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Fabián Suárez, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Joanna Montero
  •   Alexis Álvarez Armas
  •   Denise Guerra
  •   Linnett Hernández Valdés, Pedro Martínez, Mireya Chapman, Ana Flavia Ramos, Eduardo Martínez, Aimee Despaigne
  •   Velia Diaz de Villalvilla, Daniel "Gato" Garcés Najar
  •   Santiago Barbosa Cañon
  •   Claudia Calviño
  •   Cacha Films, Promenades Films, Motto Pictures, DAG HOEL FILMPRODUKSJON, Romeo