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    JOAN OF ARC/JEANNE (Bruno Dumont 2019)

    BRUNO DUMONT: JOAN OF ARC/JEANNE (2019)


    LISE LEPLAT PRUDHOMME IN JEANNE

    137m
    French with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    Ten-year-old Lise Leplat Prudhomme commands the center of Bruno Dumont’s inventive reimagining of the story of Joan of Arc, a sequel to Dumont’s musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (2017) that’s singular and entrancing enough to stand on its own. Joan, compelled by visions of God, leads the French charge against invading English forces, and is later captured and put on trial for heresy. Although this chapter is cinematically well-trod, Dumont turns it into an uncanny, absurdist mood piece, strikingly shot amid rolling hills and vaulted cathedrals. As legendary singer-songwriter Christophe’s synthesizers slice through the droll stillness, Joan comes into her own, gaining a gravitas that makes her a force to be reckoned with. As always, Dumont proves his mastery with this enthralling, witty, and deeply rewarding work. A KimStim release.
    French release 11 Sept., AlloCiné press rating 3.9 (78%)
    Wednesday, March 11, 6:15pm (Q&A with Bruno Dumont)
    Friday, March 13, 1:30pm
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    ISADORA'S CHILIDREN/LES ENFANTS D'ISADORA (Damien Manivel 2019)

    DAMIEN MANIVEL: ISADORA'S CHILDREN/LES ENFANTS D'ISADORA (2019)



    Damien Manivel, France/South Korea, 2019, 84m
    French with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    Dance legend Isadora Duncan responded to the tragic death of her children by choreographing a three-part piece called Mother. In Isadora’s Children, Damien Manivel depicts a trio of characters engaging with Duncan’s work of art: an introspective choreographer (Agathe Bonitzer) feeling her way through the piece’s movements; a dance teacher and her student rehearsing the dance for a recital; and a member of the audience (played by renowned dancer and choreographer Elsa Wolliaston), who carries the memory of the performance through a solitary evening. Manivel, who won Best Director at the Locarno Film Festival, makes something hypnotic out of precisely timed gestures, and explores how to infuse a choreographed routine with a shared, intimate humanity.
    French release 20 Nov., AlloCiné press rating 3.6 (72%).
    Friday, March 3, 4:00pm
    Saturday, March 14, 2:00pm
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    THE SPECIALS/HORS NORMES (Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano 2019)

    OLIVIER NAKACHE, ÉRIC TOLEDANO: THE SPECIALS/HORS NORMES (2019)


    VINCENT CASSEL AND REDA KABTEB IN HORS NORMES

    114m
    French with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    This heartfelt comic drama from the directing duo behind The Intouchables (Rendez-Vous 2012) targets structural neglect in the French medical system. Bruno (Vincent Cassel) runs a shelter for autistic young people turned away by hospitals, while his friend Malik (Reda Kateb) mentors underprivileged youths seeking employment. Both men, based on real-life people, are constantly frustrated by the lack of consistent funding and institutional support—which eventually leads them to confront the government head-on. With help from a spirited ensemble, The Specials—the 2019 Cannes Film Festival’s closing night selection—crackles with fiery commitment as Bruno and Malik advocate for those living on the margins.
    French release 23 Oct., AlloCiné press raging 3.9 (78%)
    Saturday, March 14, 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 15, 8:45pm
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    SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE/DEUX MOI (Cédric Klapisch 2029)

    CÉDRIC KLAPISCH: SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE/DEUX MOI (2019)


    ANA GIRARDOT IN DEUX MOI

    110m
    French with English subtitles
    New York Premiere
    In this almost-romance from Cédric Klapisch (Paris, Rendez-Vous 2008), warehouse employee Rémy (François Civil) and research assistant Mélanie (Ana Girardot) have never met, but they live parallel lives: they reside in neighboring apartment buildings, ride the same subway route, and are troubled by bouts of insomnia and depression. Their days punctuated by unfulfilling jobs, they seek meaningful romantic and platonic connection. As they stumble through psychotherapy, dating apps, fainting spells, and family visits, the seemingly star-crossed duo orbit around each other but remain just out of reach. Klapisch spins a delicate "what-if" from their compartmentalization, exploring our increasingly hermetic modern urban life. A Distrib Films release.
    French release 11 Sept. , AlloCiné press rating 3.7 (74%).
    Monday, March 9, 9:00pm (Q&A with Cédric Klapisch)
    Saturday, March 14, 6:30pm
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    SPREAD YOUR WINGS/DONNE MOI DES AILES (Nicolas Vanier 2019)

    NICOLAS VANIER: SPREAD YOUR WINGS/DONNE MOI DES AILES (2019)


    LOUIS VAZQUEZ IN DONNE MOI DES AILES

    113m
    English, French, and Norwegian with English subtitles
    U.S. Premiere
    Sulky teenager Thomas (Louis Vazquez) dreads spending summer with his father (Jean-Paul Rouve), an environmentalist in a rural, wifi-less hamlet. Much to his surprise, he grows attached to his father’s new project: an ambitious plan to train a flock of endangered geese to follow a new migratory path, avoidant of pollution and human-made threats. The duo embarks on a journey to the Arctic circle with an ultralight glider, which they’ll fly to guide the geese along their new route. Writer-director Nicolas Vanier (Loup) channels his passion for nature into this tale of our civic responsibility to protect it, a freewheeling adventure of both suspense and enlightening civic action.
    French release 9 Oct., AlloCiné press rating 3.3 ((66%).
    Sunday, March 15, 1:30pm
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    SOUTH TERMINAL/TERMINAL SUD (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche 2019)

    RABAH AMEUR-ZAÏMECHE: SOUTH TERMINAL/TERMINAL SUD (2019)


    RAMZY BEDIA IN TERMINAL SUD

    96m
    The haunting, experiential latest from Rabah Ameur Zaïmeche (Story of Judas, Rendez-Vous 2016) centers on a doctor (Ramzy Bedia) in nineties Algeria, which is rapidly becoming a war zone. He spends his days tending to the wounded and comforting the suffering, yet maintains a stoic neutrality toward the ambiguous conflict, resolving that his job is simply to help those in pain. But once he starts receiving death threats and horrors begin to encroach on his own life, his moral position is shaken. As each day’s work wears on the doctor, the inhumanity of the violence turns his life into a purgatory, pushing him to question whether or not more drastic action might be called for.
    French release 20 Nov., AlloCiné press 3.4 (68%).
    Wednesday, March 11, 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm
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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY/FÊTE DE FAMILLE (Cédric Kahn 2019)

    CÉDRIC KAHN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY/FÊTE DE FAMILLE (2019)


    CATHERINE DENEUVE IN FÊTE DE FAMILLE

    101m
    French with English subtitles
    New York Premiere
    Both buoyant and bittersweet, this perceptive ensemble piece directed by Cédric Kahn (whose Wild Life played in Rendez-Vous 2015) and headlined by Catherine Deneuve tests the ties that bind a family. Deneuve is matriarch Andréa, whose family comes together to celebrate her 70th birthday. Everything seems to be in order with her strait-laced son (Kahn) and his family, as well as with her more free-spirited son (Non-Fiction’s Vincent Macaigne), who plans to document the gathering on video. But when her mentally unstable daughter Claire (Emmanuelle Bercot, Cannes Best Actress winner for My King) reappears after three years, old resentments surface, not least from the teenager (Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s Luàna Bajrami) Claire abandoned. Kahn coaxes mood swings of warmth and vitriol from his cast in a film that takes place over the course of one hectic day.
    French release 4 Sept., Allociné presds rating 3.3 (66%).
    Thursday, March 12, 9:15pm
    Sunday, March 15, 6:15pm
    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 03-09-2020 at 10:12 AM.

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