YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA FESTIVAL 2018


YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.


Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY AUGUST 24TH:

6:45 PM:

Before Summer Ends

Part one of our Young French Cinema Festival (2018)

After five years of study in Paris, Arash hasn't adapted to French life and decides to return home to Iran. Hoping to change his mind, two friends drag him away on a final trip across France.

Before Summer Ends

Part one of our Young French Cinema Festival (2018)

After five years of study in Paris, Arash hasn't adapted to French life and decides to return home to Iran. Hoping to change his mind, two friends drag him away on a final trip across France.

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9:00 PM:

Until the Birds Return

Part two of our Young French Cinema Festival 2018

Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment.

Until the Birds Return

Part two of our Young French Cinema Festival 2018

Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment.

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SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH

2:00 PM:

Montparnasse Bienvenue

Part three of our Young French Cinema Festival 2018

"Left by Joachim, an artist with whom she shared her life for 10 years, Paula finds herself wandering the streets of Paris, lonely and fixated."

Montparnasse Bienvenue

Part three of our Young French Cinema Festival 2018

"Left by Joachim, an artist with whom she shared her life for 10 years, Paula finds herself wandering the streets of Paris, lonely and fixated."

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4:35 PM:

Heaven Will Wait

Part four of our Young French Cinema Festival!

Mélanie lives with her mother, likes school, plays the cello and wants to change the world, but everything changes when she falls for a boy she meets on the internet and is recruited by Daesh.

Heaven Will Wait

Part four of our Young French Cinema Festival!

Mélanie lives with her mother, likes school, plays the cello and wants to change the world, but everything changes when she falls for a boy she meets on the internet and is recruited by Daesh.

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NIGHTLIGHT FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS

7:15 PM :

Cold Water

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, the deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water at long last makes its way to U.S. theaters. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart, as Christine is sent to an institution by her parents and Gilles faces an uncertain future after running into trouble at school. With a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period, and provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film, Cold Water is a heartbreaking immersion into the emotional tumult of adolescence.

Cold Water

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, the deeply felt coming-of-age drama Cold Water at long last makes its way to U.S. theaters. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, telling the story of teenage lovers Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (Virginie Ledoyen), whose open rebellion against family and society threatens to tear them apart, as Christine is sent to an institution by her parents and Gilles faces an uncertain future after running into trouble at school. With a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period, and provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film, Cold Water is a heartbreaking immersion into the emotional tumult of adolescence.

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9:15PM

Vagabond

Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of Vagabond. Agnès Varda pieces together Mona’s story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Vagabond

Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of Vagabond. Agnès Varda pieces together Mona’s story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

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SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH:

3:00 PM:

Speak Up

Part five of our Young French Cinema Festival,

Every year at the University of Saint-Denis, the Eloquentia competition is held to decide the best Orator in the 93, a reference to the number of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Students following any course can participate, and prepare with the help of professional advisors including lawyers, slammers, and directors, who teach them the delicate exercise of public speaking. Over the weeks, they learn the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric and will affirm their talents, revealing themselves to others, and above all, to themselves. With this new arsenal, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the others face off in a bid to win the competition.

Speak Up

Part five of our Young French Cinema Festival,

Every year at the University of Saint-Denis, the Eloquentia competition is held to decide the best Orator in the 93, a reference to the number of the Seine-Saint-Denis department. Students following any course can participate, and prepare with the help of professional advisors including lawyers, slammers, and directors, who teach them the delicate exercise of public speaking. Over the weeks, they learn the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric and will affirm their talents, revealing themselves to others, and above all, to themselves. With this new arsenal, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the others face off in a bid to win the competition.

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5:30 PM:

Nothingwood

Part 6 of our Young French Cinema Festival.

On a trip to the Kabul area, Salim Shaheen, a prolific filmmaker from Afghanistan, shows several of his 110 films and, decides to shoot his next project while he is there.

Nothingwood

Part 6 of our Young French Cinema Festival.

On a trip to the Kabul area, Salim Shaheen, a prolific filmmaker from Afghanistan, shows several of his 110 films and, decides to shoot his next project while he is there.

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NIGHTLIGHT FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS

7:45 PM:

Band of Outsiders

Cinephile slackers Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur) spend their days mimicking the antiheroes of Hollywood noirs and Westerns while pursuing the lovely Odile (Anna Karina). The misfit trio upends convention at every turn, be it through choreographed dances in cafés or frolicsome romps through the Louvre. Eventually, their romantic view of outlaws pushes them to plan their own heist, but their inexperience may send them out in a blaze of glory -- which could be just what they want.

Band of Outsiders

Cinephile slackers Franz (Sami Frey) and Arthur (Claude Brasseur) spend their days mimicking the antiheroes of Hollywood noirs and Westerns while pursuing the lovely Odile (Anna Karina). The misfit trio upends convention at every turn, be it through choreographed dances in cafés or frolicsome romps through the Louvre. Eventually, their romantic view of outlaws pushes them to plan their own heist, but their inexperience may send them out in a blaze of glory -- which could be just what they want.

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MONDAY AUGUST 27TH:

6:45 PM:

Paris Prestige

Part seven of our Young French Cinema Festival PARIS PRESTIGE.

Nasser, a middle-aged Parisian with a troubled past, just got back to Paris after some jail time. Margot, his probation officer, urges him to work at LE PRESTIGE, his brother’s bar located right next to the Moulin Rouge, in the heart of Pigalle – one of Paris’ most diverse and rawest neighborhoods. Deep wounds between the two brothers make this collaboration difficult from the start. Nasser decides to get back in the game by throwing exclusive parties against his brother ’s will.

Paris Prestige

Part seven of our Young French Cinema Festival PARIS PRESTIGE.

Nasser, a middle-aged Parisian with a troubled past, just got back to Paris after some jail time. Margot, his probation officer, urges him to work at LE PRESTIGE, his brother’s bar located right next to the Moulin Rouge, in the heart of Pigalle – one of Paris’ most diverse and rawest neighborhoods. Deep wounds between the two brothers make this collaboration difficult from the start. Nasser decides to get back in the game by throwing exclusive parties against his brother ’s will.

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9:00 PM:

WULU

Ladji, 20, works hard as a prantiké (bus driver) to get his older sister, Aminata, out of prostitution. When he doesn’t get the promotion he was expecting he decides to contact Driss, a drug dealer who owes him a favor.
Assisted by his two mischievous friends, Houphouet and Zol, Ladji begins trafficking cocaine from Conakry to Bamako. His rapid rise to the top of the drug dealing underworld gives him easy access to money, women and a life that he had never dreamt of. But the price he has to pay is high.

WULU

Ladji, 20, works hard as a prantiké (bus driver) to get his older sister, Aminata, out of prostitution. When he doesn’t get the promotion he was expecting he decides to contact Driss, a drug dealer who owes him a favor.
Assisted by his two mischievous friends, Houphouet and Zol, Ladji begins trafficking cocaine from Conakry to Bamako. His rapid rise to the top of the drug dealing underworld gives him easy access to money, women and a life that he had never dreamt of. But the price he has to pay is high.

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TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH:

6:45 PM:

In Bed With Victoria

Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eventually, however, Victoria rediscovers her own desires and experiences love again.

In Bed With Victoria

Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eventually, however, Victoria rediscovers her own desires and experiences love again.

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9:00 PM:

Kiss Me!

Claude falls in love with Cécile. She knows that Cecile is the woman of her life, unlike her mother who knows the tumultuous sentimental life of her daughter. While they are a couple, Cécile surprises Marie kissing one of her exes. The young woman, crazy in love with Cécile, will do anything to win her back.

Kiss Me!

Claude falls in love with Cécile. She knows that Cecile is the woman of her life, unlike her mother who knows the tumultuous sentimental life of her daughter. While they are a couple, Cécile surprises Marie kissing one of her exes. The young woman, crazy in love with Cécile, will do anything to win her back.

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29TH:

6:45PM

Boundaries (Pays)

Emily Price tries to balance family life and leading crunch negotiations between a Canadian politician and the president of a country whose natural resources are being exploited.

Boundaries (Pays)

Emily Price tries to balance family life and leading crunch negotiations between a Canadian politician and the president of a country whose natural resources are being exploited.

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9:00 PM:

Diamond Island

An adolescent who leaves rural Cambodia to become a construction worker only to be reunited with his missing older brother.

Diamond Island

An adolescent who leaves rural Cambodia to become a construction worker only to be reunited with his missing older brother.

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THURSDAY AUGUST 30TH CLOSING GALA:

6:00 PM :

SCREENING BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:30 PM:

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

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