Directed By: Rene Clement
Written By: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost & Francois Boyer
Based On The Novel By: Francois Boyer
Cinematography: Robert Juillard
Editor: Roger Dwyre
Cast: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Jaques Marin
A girl of perhaps five or six is orphaned in an air raid while fleeing a French city with her parents early in World War II. She is befriended by a pre-adolescent peasant boy after she wandered away from the other refugees, and is taken in for a few weeks by his family. The children become fast friends, and the film follows their attempt to assimilate the deaths they both face, and the religious rituals surrounding those deaths, through the construction of a cemetery for all sorts of animals. Child-like and adult activity are frequently at cross-purposes.
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Written & Directed By: Christopher Honore
Cinematography: Jean-Louis Vialard
Editor: Chantal Hymans
Cast: Roman Duris, Joanna Priess, Louis Garrel, Guy Merchand, Alice Butand, Marie-France Pisier
Anna has just left Paul who, annihilated by the separation, moves back with his father in Paris. His younger brother Jonathan, a casual student, still lives in his father’s apartment and spends most of his time womanizing and fooling around. But what this apparent lightness conceals is a deep wound. Jonathan, in fact, has never been able to overcome the death of his beloved sister. Meanwhile Paul sinks into depression.
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Directed By: Houda Benyamina
Written By: Houda Benyamina, Romain Compingt & Malik Rumeau
Cinematography By: Julien Poupard
Editor: Louic Lallemend & Vincent Tricon
Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Deborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mishel, Jisca Kalvanda, Yasin Houicha, Majdouline Idrissi
A street teenager from a dysfunctional family from a banlieue (HLMs) in Paris comes across a young dancer who turns her life upside down.
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Directed By: Yann Martinez
Written By: Yann Martinez & Cristiano Mangione
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Editor: Raphael Leferve
Music By: M83
Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Katie Moran, Jonathan Genet, Felix Maritaud, Romane Bohringer, Elina Lowensohn, Pierre Pirol, Jacques Nolot
Anne produces third-rate gay porn. After her editor and lover Lois leaves her, she tries to win her back by shooting her most ambitious film yet with her trusted, flamboyant sidekick Archibald. But one of her actors is brutally murdered and Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside down.
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Written & Directed By: Celine Sciamma
Cinematography: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Julien Lacheray
Cast: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachere, Adele Haenel, Warren Lacquin
Three girls, each about 15, deal with puberty, the onset of sexual attraction, and, for two, the pressure of virginity. Marie, who’s slight and diffident, quiet and nearly expressionless, is friends with Anne, who’s a bit chunky and impulsive and has decided that François will be her first love. Watching synchronized swimming, Marie is suddenly attracted to the team captain, Floriane, beautiful, aloof, tall, and rumored to be a slut. François pursues her. Marie begins to hang around her; they trade favors, and soon it’s an odd sort of friendship. Each of the three experiences her own first, and Marie must sort out attraction and friendship.
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Written & Directed By: Eva Husson
Cinematography By: Mattias Troelstrup
Editor: Emilie Orsini
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Daisy Broom, Lornezo Leferbvre, Fred Hotier
In a small town of France, life seems to be still and somewhat boring for a group of teenage friends, who day in, day out, are asked to cope not only with the usual issues in the life of a high school student but also with the search for love and sex. How do you blow the steam off, when you are a puzzled, sexually-frustrated youngster? Eventually, a party is thrown on a Saturday night and the solution is about to be found in a very simple idea… A game of truth or dare that will be rapidly transformed into a mandatory, dare only, series of sexy challenges between friends, will provide the means to unfold the true self and hidden potential in everyone present. Beer, drugs, spin the bottle and the “Bang Gang” revolution is born. But what deceptively appeared as a way to deal with boredom, strained family relationships, emancipation and above all liberty, quickly turned into the biggest scandal, a mockery of a modern fairy tale, a story of a child given a toy, not knowing what to do or how to play with it.
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Directed By: Stephane LaFleur
Written By: Stephane LaFleur & Valerie Beaugrand-Champagne
Cinematography By: Sara Mishara
Editor: Sophie LeBlond
Cast: Julianne Cote, Catherine St-Laurent, Marc-Andre Grondin, Pierre-Luc LaFontaine
Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22 years old, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend Véronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is put to the test. Their vacation takes an unexpected turn, punctuated by a heatwave, Nicole’s growing insomnia and the persistent courtship of a 10-year-old boy.
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Written & Directed By: Michel Gondry
Cinematography By: Laurent Brunet
Editor: Elise Fievet
Cast: Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet, Audrey Tatou, Diane Besnier, Ely Penh
Two young friends embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves.
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Written & Directed By: Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani
Based on The Novel By: Jean-Patrick Manchette & Jean-Pierre Bastid
Cinematography: Manuel Dacosse
Editor: Bernard Beets
Cast: Elina Lowenshon, Stephane Ferrera, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michaelangelo Marchese, Marine Sainsily Marc Barbe, Aline Stevens, Dorylia Calmel
The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun….and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield….Relentless and mindblowing.
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Written & Directed By: Celine Sciamma
Cinematography By: Crystel Fournier
Editor: Julien Lacheray
Cast: Kardija Toure, Assa Syla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure, Idrissa Diabate, Sima Soumare, Binta Diop, Djibril Gueye, Cyril Mendy,
Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.
Continue reading “GIRLHOOD (2015)”