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, Germany / documentary / French, German, Polish / 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.
In her debut feature, director Anaïs Volpé explores the ride-or-die friendship between two modern heroines bravely facing adversity, in a wild and deeply touching drama where the streets of Paris are lit by Good Time’s cinematographer Sean Price Williams.
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.
France / documentary / 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?
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.
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.
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.
Julie (30) lives with Aksel (early 40s), a cult graphic novelist. Aksel is caring and their life in the Oslo art world is full of cocktails and events. But Julie feels she is mainly living Aksel’s life. Unable to bear the brunt of her family’s expectations or Aksel’s desire for a child, Julie keeps chasing ever-changing personal dreams.
One evening, while desperately looking to rediscover a few lost sensations of her youth, Julie sneaks into a random wedding party, where she meets Eivind, a man her age…
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.
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?
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 / 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.
France, Suisse / documentary / English, French
Today, the race is on between human and artificial intelligence. While researchers are slowly uncovering the mysteries of the human brain, dramatic progress is being made in the field of AI.
We follow the silent war raging inside cutting-edge laboratories embodied by two scientists: a father and his son. While the father, dedicates his life to the understanding of the human brain, his son, a young AI researcher in Oxford, aims to build intelligent machines. Their captivating confrontations around the world challenge our beliefs in a disturbing yet fascinating existential journey.
A documentary about the future of humanity, that is both deeply political and philosophical, and where discoveries are so advanced they could be science fiction.
By the director of cleveland vs. Wall Street (cannes 2010 Director’s Fortnight) and The Paris Opera.
Production: Bande à Part, Les Films Pelléas
French Distribution: Ad Vitam
France, Italie / drama / Italian / 100'’
Naples, early 1980’s. Aldo and Vanda go through a separation, after he reveals his affair. Their two young children are torn between their parents, in a whirlwind of resentment. But the ties that keep people together are inescapable, even without love. Now, 30 years later, Aldo and Vanda are still married.
“A vivid marriage story with Ferrante flavour, the emotionally tough yet intricately constructed portrait of a relationship in slow-motion meltdown. It’s like the Italian version of Marriage Story, only stretched out over 40 years. Alba Rohrwacher and Luigi Lo Cascio are exceptionally strong as Vanda and Aldo. If Venice needed to make a statement about the enduring power of cinema, and it’s still relevant, still urgent, emotional reach, then this was the way to do it.”
“A well-acted freely time-skipping domestic drama, whose strength lies in conveying the more banal everyday details, incidents and anecdotes that become the very fabric of family history. There are casually skilled pleasures of performance to be taken from it, with a fine cast of internationally regarded players. Rohrwacher, always an intense, deep-feeling presence on screen.”
“A European cousin to Marriage Story, Daniele Luchetti’s handsome divorce drama focuses on the grisly meltdown of a middle-class couple and the emotional baggage that they then bequeath to their children. Luchetti navigates a time-slipping structure with aplomb, gliding back and forth between Naples and Rome, and from the early 1980s to the present day. Superbly played by Alba Rohrwacher.”
“An all-star cast quality Italian drama finely crafted by director Daniele Luchetti. The grasp of relationships is utterly authentic and dives deep into the cruel dynamics of a couple at the breaking point.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The cast of Italian A-listers is excellent and responds to the intimacy of an approach in which faces, gestures and silences often count more than words spoken. Shot in a close, warm handheld style that matches the stifling nature of the emotional prison the couple have built for themselves, The Ties comes up with good visual and aural ideas and some virtuoso touches.”
“A sly, sexy drama.”
“Luchetti’s depiction of this unsatisfactory marriage arrangement is honest and observant, with well-judged, understated performances throughout.”
Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the colorful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive.
Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris.
Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?
An uplifting comedy inspired by true events, starring Kad Merad (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, César Award Winner for Don’t Worry, I’m Fine).
Executive produced by Dany Boon.
Written and directed by the writer of Welcome, and French box-office sensation In The Name of the Land.
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?
“Handling its themes with sensitivity and respect, the latest film from Nir Bergman is a gratifyingly textured portrait of a loving father son relationship teetering on the brink of suffocating co-dependency. At the heart of the picture are two impressive performances. Shai Avivi is remarkable.”
Wendy Ide, Screendaily
France / documentary / French / 85’
7-year-old Sasha has always known she was a little girl, even though she was born a boy.
As society fails to treat her like the other children her age – in her daily life at school, dance lessons or birthday parties – her supportive family leads a constant battle to make her difference understood and accepted.
Multi-award winner Sébastien Lifshitz (4 selections in Cannes and 4 selections in Berlin) follows Sasha and her family for a year, capturing with his insightful, delicate and subtle camera their truly moving moments of joy and the many challenges they face together.
“Sébastien Lifshitz’s LITTLE GIRL gently lifts the veil on one family’s battle against strict social norms surrounding the subject of gender. Deeply moving.”
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa
“Lifshitz has become a documentarian of such skill and confidence that his films feel increasingly light on their feet while at the same time gaining in depth and emotional resonance.”
Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter
Germany / documentary / English, French, German / 89'’
Women were clearly at the core of legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s work. The stars of his iconic portraits and fashion editorials – from Anna Wintour to Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling to Isabella Rossellini – finally give their own interpretation of the life and work of this controversial genius. A portrait by the portrayed. Provocative, unconventional, subversive, his depiction of women still sparks the question: were they subjects or objects?
“"An engaging and surprisingly playful documentary about the man who was arguably the most transgressive photographer to emerge from the 1960s and '70s. Captivating."”
“"Delights in its hero's troublemaking side and urges viewers to look beyond his pictures' surface sexual politics. Fascinating."”
The Hollywood Reporter
“"A vivid, if hagiographic dive into the career of the 20th century's most iconoclastic fashion photographer. Unexpectedly moving, a nostalgic time capsule of an art-world rebel whose unorthodox methods and decidedly politically incorrect vision couldn’t exist today."”