Languages Archives: French

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Action [short film]

  Benoît Monney

  Switzerland     5 minutes

Synopsis

A film director struggles through a day of chaotic, unforeseen problems.

This film screens as part of Shorts 6: Risible (Comedy)

 English, French 

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The Record [short film]

  Jonathan Laskar

  Switzerland     9 minutes

Synopsis

An antique instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveler.

This film screens as part of Shorts 2: Expansions (Animation)

 French 

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Winter Boy Le lycéen

  Christophe Honoré

  France     122 minutes

Synopsis

When 17-year-old Lucas (Paul Kircher) finds his blithe teenage world suddenly shattered, his sense of self and place dissipates into overwhelming pain. As he turns inward, his worried mother (Juliette Binoche) finds it difficult to connect with, much less console, her once affectionate son. She agrees to send him to Paris to stay with his career-driven older brother (Vincent Lacoste) to help him find a way out of his despair. Left to his own devices and in search of solace, Lucas plunges into the sea of excitement, possibility, and anonymity of the city with near reckless abandon. Love and hope—the stakes of Christophe Honoré’s (Love Songs, Sorry Angel) stirring and profoundly personal tale could not be higher.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 7:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Philippe Martin, David Thion
  •   Paul Kircher, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lacoste
  •   Les Films Pelleas

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Pacifiction Tourment sur les îles

  Albert Serra

  France, Spain, Germany, Portugal     162 minutes

Synopsis

A mesmerizing, elliptical vision of declining colonial enterprise and imperialist corruption, Pacifiction swelters and sways in the heat of its Tahitian setting. France’s top man in the region, De Roller (Benoît Magimel) is an affable chameleon-like operator, equally adept at schmoozing with the indigenous population and navigating the political machinery of his home country. He’s lately become paranoid, as the mood on the island is shifting amid rumors of military destruction and gentrification. As he drifts through his days, attempting to keep everyone—himself included—on an even keel, tensions continue to rise. A film of mysterious, uncommon power.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Media

Film Credits

  •   Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Albert Serra, Montse Triola, Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves, Laurent Jacquemin
  •   Albert Serra
  •   Albert Serra, Artur Tort, Ariadna Ribas
  •   Sebastian Vogler
  •   Artur Tort
  •   Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun
  •   Jordi Ribas
  •   Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson
  •   Idéale Audience Group, Andergraun Films, Tamtam Film, Rosa Filmes

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The Passengers of the Night Les passagers de la nuit

  Mikhaël Hers

  France     111 minutes

Synopsis

In early 1980s Paris, Élizabeth (Charlotte Gainsbourg) struggles to keep her family connected following a divorce. Uneasy about her own future, the naturally shy single mother of two begins to take steps to rebuild her life, embarking on a new relationship and landing a job at a late-night call-in radio show, where she encounters a cast of drifters and lonely souls, including a down-on-her-luck young woman whom she welcomes into her home  Altogether, these choices profoundly impact Elizabeth, shaping her destiny for years to come. Sublimely sympathetic and steeped in an introspective grace, Passengers of the Night chronicles the many small moments that, in toto, give rise to a full, nuanced life.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 4:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Pierre Guyard
  •   Mikhaël Hers, Maud Ameline, Mariette Désert
  •   Marion Monnier
  •   Sébastien Buchmann – Afc
  •   Charlotte Gainsbourg, Quito Rayon-Richter, Noée Abita, Megan Northam, Thibault Vinçon, Emmanuelle Béart
  •   Vincent Vatoux
  •   Anton Sanko
  •   Ève François-Machuel
  •   Nord-Ouest Films, ARTE France Cinéma
  •   https://mk2films.com/en/film/les-passagers-de-la-nuit/