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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom. Nominated for Best Writing - Story and Screenplay at the 1956 **Academy Awards**.
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2019; 1953
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Ernest & Celestine

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the **Academy Awards**, Winner of the SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight) - Special Mention at the **Cannes Film Festival.** Winner of Best Animated Film at the **César Awards**. *"ERNEST & CELESTINE is a magnificent, creative, and visionary piece of work that is heartwa [...]
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2019; 2012
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The Girl Without Hands

In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins her long journey towards the light… but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of a handsome prince’s estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own. THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS is the audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach, whose beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story has created an adult fairytale destined to become a classic. Official Selection at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the **César Awards**. *"A welcome reminder that animation doesn't have to be synonymous with realistically rendered CG, but can be a means of artistic [...]
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2019; 2016
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Jealousy

One of the major French filmmakers of the post-New Wave, Philippe Garrel has belatedly been recognized as a master in America, and JEALOUSY may be his most accessible film in nearly 50 years of filmmaking. Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white, the film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. Shot with Garrel’s celebrated sensitivity and attention to faces, bodies, hands and the intricacies of the human heart, JEALOUSY is an especially intimate, deeply poignant and never less than enthralling tale of love, temptation and betrayal. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the **Venice Film Fe [...]
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2019; 2013
5.

My Journey Through French Cinema

Writer-director Bertrand Tavernier is truly one of the grand auteurs of the movies. His experience is vast, his knowledge is voluminous, his love is inexhaustable and his perspective is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. This magnificent, epic documentary has been a lifetime in the making. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out, from the giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he has worked as an assistant) to now overlooked and forgotten figures like Edmund T. Gréville and Guy Gilles, and his observations and reminiscences are never less than penetrating and always deeply personal.  Nominated for the Golden Eye at the **Cannes Film Festival**. Nominated for Best Documentary Film at the **César Awards**. *"It would be a shame if the film were to be seen onl [...]
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2019; 2016
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3 Hearts

A touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion, 3 HEARTS presents a headily romantic look at a classic love triangle. One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsburg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly and intensly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning in rare, almost choreographed, harmony. A thwarted plan for a second meeting sends each in a seperate direction - Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France; Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc's new bride is Sylvie's sister Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni). Upon Sylvie's return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to siste [...]
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2019; 2014
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Number One Fan

In this French tragi-comedy, Sandrine Kiberlain (*Mademoiselle Chambon*) stars as Muriel, a beautician who, for the past two decades, has been French crooner Vincent Lacroix’s number one fan. She spends most of her free time keeping up with his new songs and his shows. Then one night, she opens her door to find Vincent – her idol – standing on her doorstep. His arrival turns Muriel’s life upside down as she embarks on a journey that even she could not have invented. Nominated for Best First Film and Best Actress at the **César Awards**. Nominated for Best First Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress at the **Lumiere Awards**. "*Sandrine Kiberlain shines in this pacy, Paris-set and just-silly-enough thriller.*" - Dave Calhoun, ***Time Out***
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2019; 2014
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Chinese Puzzle

Xavier's (Romain Duris) life is a mess. His ex, Wendy (Kelly Reilly) has left him in Paris and taken their kids to New York. Always up for an adventure, Xavier follows them to the city and begins to piece together a life for himself amidst the cheerful chaos of downtown Manhattan. Nominated for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the **San Francisco International Film Festival**. *"An amiably daffy look at perpetual adolescence, French-style."* - Tom Long, ***The Detroit News***
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2019; 2013
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Maigret Sets a Trap

Inspector Maigret tries to trap a killer and discovers why a happily married, wealthy, and talented man should want to murder women at night. Jean Gabin is fantastic as Georges Simenon's secure and steady sleuth, and old-hand Jean Delannoy expertly keeps up the pace and suspense in this enjoyable whodunnit. Nominated for Best Film from Any Source and Best Foreign Actor (Jean Gabin and Jean Desailly) at the **BAFTA Awards**.
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2019; 1958
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Farewell My Queen

Marking the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot (*A Single Girl*), FAREWELL, MY QUEEN brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, this film stars Léa Seydoux (*The Lobster*) as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions. [...]
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2019; 2012
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Derrida

One of the most influential and iconoclastic figures of the 20th century, French philosopher and father of “deconstruction” Jacques Derrida has single-handedly altered the way we look at history, language, art and film. DERRIDA is an innovative and entertaining portrait by questioning the very concept of biography itself. Featuring a mesmerizing score by **Oscar**-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (*The Last Emperor*), DERRIDA is a playful and provocative glimpse at a visionary thinker as he ruminates on everything from Seinfeld to ancient philosophers. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Documentary at the **Sundance Film Festival**. Winner of the Golden Gate Award for Film & Video - Biography at the **San Francisco International Film Festival**. *"... The cinematic equivalent of a [...]
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2019; 2002
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Torment

Paul (François Cluzet) has just bought a charming waterfront hotel in the heart of France. In debt for the next ten years, he sets to work with his beautiful new wife, Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart). The life of the young couple resembles a dream come true until Paul’s suspicions and jealousy get the best of him. His increasing obsession turns into madness that ends in a tragedy. "*A gripping and clever offering from one of Hitchcock's brightest heirs.*" - Dan Lybarger, ***Nitrate Online***
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2019; 1994
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To Be and to Have

The one-room schoolhouse, where one teacher instructs several grades at once, is generally regarded a quaint thing of the past and a symbol of obsolete and ineffective teaching methods. However, TO BE AND TO HAVE offers an in-depth look at a small school in rural France where one remarkable man has been doing the job of a small teaching staff for 20 years, and has taught several generations of bright and capable children along the way. Nominated for a **BAFTA Award** for Best Film not in the English Language. Nominated for a **César Award** for Best Film. Official Selection at the **Cannes Film Festival**. "*To Be and to Have is a movie every teacher should see, and every parent, too.*" - Steven Rea, ***The Philadelphia Inquirer***
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2019; 2002
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Custody

A broken marriage leads to a bitter custody battle with an embattled son at the center in this thrilling domestic drama. Miriam and Antoine Besson have divorced, and Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads his case as a scorned dad whose children have been turned against him by their vindictive mother. Unsure who is telling the truth, the appointed judge rules in favor of joint custody. A hostage to the escalating conflict between his parents, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening. Winner of a Silver Lion for Best Director at the **Venice Film Festival.** Nominated for a Platform Prize at the **Toronto International Film Festival**. *"Worth every moment...impossible to forget. Cra [...]
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2019; 2018
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Let the Corpses Tan

After stealing a truckload of gold bars, a gang of thieves absconds to the ruins of a remote village perched on the cliffs of the Mediterranean. Home to a reclusive yet hypersexual artist and her motley crew of family and admirers, it seems like a perfect hideout. But when two cops roll up on motorcycles to investigate, the hamlet erupts into a hallucinatory battlefield as both sides engage in an all-day, all-night firefight rife with double-crosses and dripping with blood. A glorious homage to 1970's Italian crime films and featuring vintage music cues by Ennio Morricone, LET THE CORPSES TAN is a deliriously stylish, cinematic fever dream. Official Selection at the **Toronto International Film Festival.** and at the **Locarno Film Festival.** "*A feverish, obsessive act of cinematic [...]
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2019; 2018
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Out 1: Part 1.

Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, has always been that group’s most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in OUT 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators. Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, OUT 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years. An immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, OUT 1 has been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema.
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2019; 1971
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Out 1: Part 2.

Jacques Rivette, co-founder of the French New Wave along with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol, has always been that group’s most free-spirited and aesthetically radical member. This is very much on display in OUT 1, his fourth feature film and magnum opus, in which a whimsical young man receives anonymous notes that put him on the trail of a mysterious group of people who might or might not be conspirators. Based on an utterly unique concept that includes the absence of a script and nods to Honoré de Balzac and Lewis Carroll, OUT 1 has been practically impossible to see for more than forty years. An immensely involving, almost addictive blend of film, literature and theater, OUT 1 has been hailed as the Holy Grail of modern French cinema.
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2019; 1971
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Jeannette

France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc. Official Selection at the **Cannes Film Festival.** Nominated for Best Music at the **Lumiere Awards.** *"A challenging arthouse drama that has a slippery sense of humor and whole lot of chutzpah." - Simon Abrams, **RogerEbert.com***
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2019; 2017
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Queen to Play

**Oscar-winner** Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) comes upon a couple engaging in an intense chess match, and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession—much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter—leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role) - a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the **Tribeca Film Festival.** "*Bonnaire...is comfortingly delightful.... Kline...is the perfect partner.... Their scenes [...]
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2019; 2009
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A Town Called Panic

Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A TOWN CALLED PANIC has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. PANIC stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Nominated for a Golden Camera at the **Cannes Film Festival.** Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Award at the **César Awards.** *"There's really very l [...]
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2019; 2009