8-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mom, Marion, used to play and built the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. That’s when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse. Her name is Marion.
France / drama / French / 72’
“Spellbinding... A moving jewel of a film about memory, friendship and kin... Céline Sciamma’s beautiful fairytale reverie is occasioned by the dual mysteries of memory and the future: simple, elegant and very moving. An artistic masterstroke on Sciamma’s part. What a superb movie – a jewel of this year’s Berlin film festival.”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
“A piercingly satisfying chamber drama with a lovely intimate feel. An arrestingly original and alive creation that offers acute observations and unexpected grace notes.”
Todd McCarthy, Deadline
“Céline Sciamma returns with a poetic, touching vision of childhood and mothering in the throes of grief. Haunting and extremely touching. A deeply imaginative film. Moving, original and stimulating, and beautifully open to interpretation.”
Dave Calhoun, Time Out
“Impeccably directed and carefully structured… A beautiful ode to mother-daughter love and a melancholy acknowledgment of the distance that always exists in that relationship, when both parties are separated by age and responsibility... Sciamma delivers one of her warmest, most hopeful endings to date.”
Orla Smith, The Film Stage
“Captivating and deeply affecting... A filmmaker at the top of their game.”
Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
“Sciamma’s jewel-like Petite Maman finds the filmmaker literally returning to her roots for another exquisite coming-of-age story about a young girl on the precipice of some new self-understanding. A wise and delicate wisp of a movie. For 72 minutes, everyone can hear each other as clearly as if they were speaking to themselves. If only it could last forever.”
David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Wonderfully intuitive... Playful without being twee. Sciamma has made a film that children can also appreciate on their own level. An 8-year-old makes a special connection, and so will audiences.”
Peter Debruge, Variety
“A beautiful and mysterious excursion into child's play. Could have been a Miyazaki fantasy. Sciamma is a gifted director of children [who] has always shown impeccable skill at illuminating her characters, and Petite Maman is a beguiling continuation of her work in its purest form.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
“A thing of pensive beauty. Its gentle appeal and teasing sense of mystery should chime with audiences for whom Sciamma’s name is a key selling point, both in further festival berths and within a theatrical release. Claire Mathon’s lithe cinematography evokes a timeless, suspended moment of connection between the two lives.”
Wendy Ide, Screen
Empress Elizabeth of Austria and Queen of Hungary is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sisi’ turns 40 and is
officially deemed an old woman. She fights to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. Despite being instrumental in Austria’s
alliance with Hungary, the Empress’s role has since been reduced against her wishes to purely performative. She becomes restless in Vienna and travels to
England and Hungary, visiting former lovers and political allies, seeking the excitement of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elizabeth comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.
Etats-Unis, France, Italie / drama / Italian
The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara as they compete on the dancefloor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family are on top form. However, everything changes the next day when the father disappears. Chiara, unconvinced by the cover story, starts to investigate. As she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.
David, a university professor, takes to social media to criticize his city’s administration. But instead of the mayor’s dodgy dealings being investigated, David is himself accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. Despite the overbearing surveillance, double-crossing acquaintances, and growing media interest, David remains defiant and will not apologise. With the court case drawing ever nearer, does David have any hope of winning this battle against Goliath?
A mother stork is shot down from a chimney. A postnatal woman nearly jumps off a balcony. A girl contracts HIV from an adulterous partner. A woman applies make-up to two kittens. A mother looks for magic in the lunar calendar. These events are commonplace for this seemingly normal family, revealing the fine line they live between fragility and absurdity. In the meantime, their country Bulgaria is shaken up by anti-gender and anti-equality protests with an undercurrent of violence. These women are united by a shared trauma, but now they are ready to confront their father’s troubling past. Based on a true story.
“For a long time I have wanted to make a film about love. One that goes a bit deeper than normal onscreen love stories, where everything is so simple, the stories so clearcut, the feelings so admirably unambiguous. A film that will look seriously at the difficulties of meeting someone when you’re struggling to figure out your own life; at how irresolute and uncertain even the most rational and otherwise self-confident people can become when they fall in love; and how complicated it is, even for romantics, when they actually get what they have been dreaming about.” Joachim Trier
Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel – a successful graphic novelist – is pushing for them to settle down. One night, she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. But she will come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.
The third film in Joachim Trier’s Oslo trilogy is a comic drama about love in our time and about having all the opportunities in life, but still feeling like the worst person in the world.
Blanco, the charismatic owner of a family-run factory, is under pressure as he covets a local award for business excellence. Everything needs to be perfect! But the veneer of the perfect company cracks as Blanco has to deal with a vengeful fired worker, a depressed supervisor, and an infatuated ambitious intern.
To win the competiton, the manipulative “good boss” shamelessly meddles in his employees’ private lives and crosses every line imaginable, unknowingly starting an explosive chain reaction with wild consequences.
The free-spirited Badri family have escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in the utopic mountain home they have built. But unexpectedly, a garbage landfill is built right outside their fence, bringing the trash and corruption of a whole country to their doorstep.
As the trash rises, so do tensions between leaving or resisting, threatening their idyllic home and family unity.
2020 / Belgique, France / drama / French
Elegant, retired architect Shauna (70) crosses paths with Pierre, a happily married doctor in his 40s, who first made an impression on her in a brief meeting 15 years previously.
Both are quite troubled to meet again and begin an affair. While Pierre’s family
life is soon turned upside down, Shauna struggles with feelings she thought belonged to the past.
Mali, 1960. The youth of Bamako dance the twist to rock and roll music newly imported from the West and dream of political renewal. Samba, a young socialist, falls for spirited Lara during one of his missions to the bush. To escape her forced marriage, she secretly flees with him to the city. But Lara’s husband won’t let them be and the Revolution soon brings painful disillusions as they dream of a future together.
Best friends Alma and Margot are inseparable, whether it’s terrorising cheating lovers or crashing wedding parties. The two women also share the same dream of a successful career on the stage. They get one step closer when they are cast as lead and understudy in a high-profile play in Paris. Alma is keeping a secret that puts her role in jeopardy, but with the unwavering support of Margot, they will try their best to ensure that the show goes on.
Solange is a typical 13 year old, curious and full of life, with perhaps the peculiarity of being overly sentimental and adoring her parents. But when her parents begin to argue, fight and slowly drift apart, the threat of divorce looms near and Solange’s world begins to splinter. To keep her family together, she will worry, act out, suffer. It’s the story of a young and overly tender teen who wants the impossible: for love to never end.
Jonas, a 40 something Parisian, is still desperately in love with his ex-girlfriend Léa. When he knocks on her door to confess his feelings and she turns him down, he ends up at the café downstairs.
Inspiration strikes and he sits down to write her a long love letter, dodging everything he was supposed to do that day. What begins as a last attempt to get her back surprisingly turns into a vivid musing on the state of his life.
Over the course of a day, helped by a wisecracking bartender and an array of patrons from the neighborhood, Jonas has to face his past relationships, his uncertain future and, most of all, himself.
France, Germany / documentary / English, French / 110’
A handful of prisoners in WWII camps risked their lives to take clandestine photographs and document the hell the Nazis were hiding from the world. In the vestiges of the camps, director Christophe Cognet retraces the footsteps of these courageous men and women in a quest to unearth the circumstances and the stories behind their photographs, composing as such an archeology of images as acts of defiance.
“Cognet jumps into this discrepancy by connecting the historical facts to the physical ruins of the past (...) From Where They Stood shows that their resistance fights on, in its vivid and direct communication between their time and ours.”
“Cognet, in recovering the original versions, ultimately aims to give the right recognition to those who risked their lives to obtain cameras and films to steal, to revive the gestures that accompanied the creation of a clandestine shot, to tell the story of each photo in the place where it was produced.”
“So many questions are explored methodically and patiently, offering hypotheses and interpretations based on historical knowledge and on the physical reality of those locations, allowing for a wider and very realistic understanding of the space and of the existence that each picture was a part of. ”
“The director and his collaborators blend the photos with the locations, past and present combine in a way that makes your skin crawl.”
“From Where They Stood is a serious, playful examination of the manufacturing processes that led to these photographs.”
“Step by step, the film composes an archeology of images as acts of sedition and the power of attestation.”
France / documentary / French
Five adoptees from Brazil, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Australia and South Korea share their common experiences of being separated from their birth families and communities and raised abroad.
France / documentary / English, French
A modern tale of globalization, THE SAVIOR FOR SALE delves into the unknown secrets of the art world and explores the influence that one painting can exert on personal and geopolitical interests, weaving links between the auction houses of New York, a revered da Vinci expert, an opportunistic Swiss go-between, a Russian oligarch, the Louvre in Paris and an Arabian prince. An astonishing journey on the hidden trails of money, power and deception behind this questionable masterpiece.
After mysteriously reappearing, the painting titled Salvator Mundi (The Savior of the World) was sold at Christie’s for a record 450 million dollars in 2017. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci after its discovery, what became the most expensive piece of art ever has unleashed passions while revealing the excesses of our time. But is it really the work of the Italian genius, or one of the greatest scams in the history of art?
“A Saudi prince, his yacht and the half a billion-dollar painting. Hidden from the public, Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi is causing an ugly battle in the art world… The disclosure of the Salvator Mundi’s itinerary is only one of a cascade of new revelations about the painting provoked by a bold new documentary… ”
“The Savior for Sale sometimes feels like a thriller rather than a documentary. Vitkine has persuaded an impressive number of people to talk to him on camera and what they have to say is riveting.”
“The controversy around the Salvator Mundi painting has made headlines again with this new documentary claiming that the Louvre concluded that Leonardo had “merely contributed” to the painting.”
The New York Times
“No Hollywood director could have chosen such characters better. A masterpiece that is entertaining, elegant, revealing.”
“Including many revelations, The Savior for Sale crosses geopolitics, the world of art and money, lots of money.”
“The mystery of why the Salvator Mundi, the world’s most expensive painting, didn’t appear at the blockbuster 2019 Leonardo da Vinci show at the Louvre in Paris is unraveled.”
“Speculations have been revived in recent days: is the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting in the world, by Leonardo da Vinci or not? The new documentary claims it has minimal input from the master himself.”
“Leonardo barely touched most expensive painting (…), according to experts at the Louvre cited in the new documentary.”
“The documentary reveals that the Louvre confirmed the most expensive painting in the world comes from Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop and not the master's himself. The Elysee rejected the pressure from Saudi Arabia to have its origin "whitened" by showing it in an exhibition next to the 'Mona Lisa'.”
“New film lifts lid on Louvre row over famous $450 million painting.”
The Evening Standard
France, Suisse / documentary / English, French
Is it possible to replicate the human brain on a computer? To connect it to machines?
At the start of the 21st century, science-fiction has made its way into reality. Research aimed at understanding the functioning of our biological brain is being matched by spectacular progress in the development of artificial intelligence.
A silent war is raging inside cutting-edge laboratories embodied by two scientists: a father and his son. The father, a renowned researcher, is convinced that the brain can be replicated on artificial systems. His son, a young AI researcher, fears the consequences of such a project. Their captivating confrontations lead us into other stories around the world, that map out a future both fascinating and disturbing.
France / documentary / English, French
At the beginning of the 19th century the discovery of the wide-open spaces of the United States and its incredible wildlife was key in the political development of the country. Intent on painting all the birds of America, John-James Audubon became a central figure of America’s national identity. But as these birds started disappearing with the dawn of the industrial era, so did the original American dream. In this “river movie” along the banks of the Mississippi, political, environmental and human rights issues are interwoven with the tales, myths and ghosts of these now extinct birds.
The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines,
and studying the human body. There, joined in his adventure by the audacious princess Marguerite, Leonardo will uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of it all?”
Belgique, France, Germany, Pologne, Royaume-Uni / animation
Bavaria, 1812. A lovelorn young poet banished from society is forced to wander across mountains, ice and snow, on a dangerous journey which will either lead him to death or to a new life.
Belgique, Germany, Irlande / animation / English
Len is the slightly overweight head of a family of foxes who live in the city. Sal is his resourceful partner: bouncy, inquisitive. Kev is their cub. They’re set up in a comfortable garden shed in the suburbs: there’s a steady supply of hamburgers and chips in the bins behind the cafes. Life is easy for the little family. So, when, one Autumn day, young Kev puts on his cutest face and says he’d like to visit the place where Len was born – just to see what it’s like, Dad – he agrees. After all, it’s just a day out in the country. What could possibly go wrong?