Datong, China, 2001. A pretty, young dancer named Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect her boyfriend. But this will owe her five years in prison. Upon her release, Qiao goes looking for Bin to tr y and start all over again.
2017 / France, Pologne, Royaume-Uni / drama / French, Polish
Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other.
Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris – the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.
French distribution: Ad Vitam
2017 / France / drama / French / 86’
Daniel is cast out of his community after the death of his best friend. He finds refuge in a hotel for castaways and broken souls and drifts into violence. An unexpected ray of light enlivens his existence when he meets Francine.
Inspired by the novel Halfway House by Guillermo Rosales
Original soundtrack by Academy Award-winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient)
Produced by Nord-Ouest Films / Pierre Guyard
French distribution: Diaphana
France / drama / French / 107’
By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days: Angela, an actress living in Paris, Joseph, who has just fallen in love with a girl half his age and Armand, the only one who stayed behind in Marseille to run the family’s small restaurant. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil he created in this magical place.
Production: Agat Film & Cie
French distribution : Diaphana
Lila and Mo meet at a bus stop.
Lila has a paralysing speech impediment.
Mo is chatty and exuberant.
Lila is preparing for her exams.
Mo illegally races cars for a living.
Opposites attract, and they fall in love.
But Mo carries a secret burden…
Sara Forestier (Best Actress César for The Names of Love) stands behind the camera to tell the poignant story of two social outcasts who will fight for their love against all adversity
Produced by Chi-Fou-Mi Productions (Hugo Sélignac, Vincent Mazel)
DOP: Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist, Standing Tall…)
French distribution: Ad Vitam
Mrs. Géquil is a shy teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, while conducting an experiment in her lab, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different… and the appearance of the dangerous Mrs. Hyde soon impacts on Mrs. Géquil’s teaching methods.
“"Huppert's performance is completely against her type and it's still a mesmerizing watch... a social commentary that packs a punch wrapped in a screwball comedy form. Highly recommended."”
Dustin Chang, ScreenAnarchy
““Bozon’s stories are built around distinctive deadpan cadences reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki, with topical undertones.””
Eric Kohn, IndieWire
““The director Serge Bozon is making his way, like a French Vincente Minnelli or Frederick Wiseman, through his country’s institutions… What starts off, with reckless ambiguity, as a sour indulgence in stereotypes of both the right and the left morphs into a wild science-fiction comedy, complete with simple but spectacular special effects. Mrs. Géquil performs an experiment on herself, becomes Madame Hyde, and turns into an extraordinarily effective teacher and a menace. With his antics, Bozon offers a philosophical vision, presenting a model of authentic progress that’s also a model of authentic regression..””
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
““Bozon also paints a picture of a contemporary French high school that’s at once recognizable (the students look and act like realistically) and off-the-wall (the latter also through the establishment’s loony director, played to outlandish perfection by Romain Duris in oversized, pastel-colored suits and a decidedly unflattering, asymmetrical haircut). The two films offer two very different takes on what teachers can achieve and how their private and professional lives may intersect. “”
Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“"It's refreshing to watch Isabelle Huppert's madcap dash of a performance."”
Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist
“"[Huppert] is never less than a pleasure to watch for an actress who can radiate enough command to part a minor sea. And she is, of course, excellent."”
Jessica Kiang, Variety
2017 / France, Japon / drama / Japanese / 101’
Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired.
At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.
Misako soon discovers Nakamori’s photographs, who will strangely bring her back to her past.
Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes.
“Gentle and delicate, touching and open-hearted”
“A poignant vision of the power of sight”
“A finespun exploration of beauty, impermanence and loss. Typically delicate and as gentle as a balm”
“Naomi Kawase’s demurely delicate Radiance finds in DVD audio description a metaphor for the act of noticing and need to communicate”
“Bathed in honeyed magic-hour light, with a pleasingly diffuse and gauzy quality, the film looks terrific”
“A luminous piece of filmmaking”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The new masterpiece by Naomi Kawase”
“As clever, as moving, Radiance, is a feature which does good”
“Ibrahim Maalouf’s score is of infinite gentleness”
“A humanist and poetic fresco… Overwhelming”
“A subtle reflection on Naomi Kawase’s own art”
“Radiance is a strong competition film from Naomi Kawase and one of my favourites at #Cannes2017”
“Sumptuous, enchanting and warm like the setting sun”
Mexique / drama / Spanish / 103’
17 year-old Valeria is pregnant by her teenage boyfriend, but she hasn’t informed her absent mother April. When her sister Clara goes behind her back and calls April, their mother arrives full of concern, support and tenderness. But once the baby is born, it soon becomes clear why Valeria wanted to keep April as far away as possible.
“Just savour the ride”
“Franco continues to show his skill at building tension and presenting characters that leave the viewer slightly off balance… he manages to maintain credibility as he ramps up the emotional stakes”
“The sly star performance of Emma Suarez should be a selling point for distributors in the wake of Julieta”
“Franco’s most commercial offering to date”
“Michel Franco has a fierce, fucked-up mind; sordid, sexy, soapy, possibly superb”
James McAllister, Culture Fly
“A precisely constructed mother-daughter sunlit melodrama #Cannes2017”
Martyn Conterio, Little White Lies
“Another solid effort from Michel Franco - Stunning acting from all of the leads in a well wrapped, engrossing package”
The Hollywood News, US
2016 / France / comedy / French / 81’
In the vibrant African neighbourhood of Château d’Eau in Paris, Charles is the smoothest of all the hustlers. His job: to fill the districts numerous hair salons with customers. But when the competition is tough and everybody’s trying hard to be number one, dirty tricks are just around the corner.
Fast talk, tall tales, tailored suits and secrets of the heart… Welcome to Chateau!
Marianne Faithfull has seen it all: success and celebrity at 17 years of age in Swinging London, life with Mick Jagger through the tumultuous Rolling Stones epic, scandal, drugs, addiction and decline, life in the street and then rebirth, awards and artistic recognition. Actress and director Sandrine Bonnaire tells her incredible journey, her thousand lives, her encounters with the greats and her extraordinary lifetime.
Produced by Cinétévé, Arte
France / documentary / English, French
For the first time, 40 years after her death, the most famous opera singer ever tells her own stor y – in her own words. Featuring previously unknown footage, unseen photographs, personal Super 8 films, private live recordings, intimate letters and rare behind-the scenes archival footage for the first time in colour .
Featuring images and footage of Callas, Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Alain Delon, Yves Saint-Laurent, J.F. Kennedy, Luchino Visconti, Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly and Liz Taylor, among others.
2016 / Algeria, France, Germany / drama / Arabic
Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment and an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings. Three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society.
The Globe and Mail - Canada
“An intriguing first feature from writer-director Karim Moussaoui that explores the damaged emotional landscape of his homeland. At times recalls Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees”
The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s heartening to see such delicate stories of ordinary people come to the fore”
“A precise, patient, emphatic and elegiac look on the characters. A good-looking combination of emotion and meditation”
The Globe and Mail
David, who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena, who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock, and the pain, David now finds himself alone with his young niece Amanda to care for.
Production : Nord-Ouest Films
2018 / France / romantic comedy / French
In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realizes her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolized by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent 8 years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife . Everything that is, except telling the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events.
72 hours from the final of an international female bodybuilding championships. Lea Pearl is set to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven, to which she has devoted the last 4 years of her life. Her mentor Al, himself a former bodybuilding star, keeps a jealous watch over her, in the hopes that thanks to his Pearl, he can once again be in the spotlight. But Lea Pearl’s past catches up with her, just a few hours from the final, when her ex-lover Ben shows up with the 6-year-old son she has not seen in 4 years…
2017 / France / drama / French
Following his father’s sudden disappearance, 30-year-old Jules Rivière returns to his native South Western France after 12 years of exile in Canada. But Jules’ sudden return upsets the already fragile family balance, as he was previously a young woman who went by the name of Julie before leaving home and beginning a gender transformation abroad.
Strangely enough, Jules seems to know more than anyone about his father’s disappearance. And what happened exactly to make Julie Rivière change genders? Then, as Jules struggles to find his father and obtain a valid passport specifying his new sexual identity, he learns that he is pregnant.