April 25, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm at AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752, United States
Our favorite annual showcase of new Francophone cinema returns April 25-29 for our biggest and most extensive line-up yet. Join us for five days of award-winning work from some of the most exciting new names in global cinema, in partnership with UniFrance, the French Embassy in the United States, and the Premiers Plans Festival dâ€™Angers. The week will feature dialogues with Francophone filmmakers in-person, animations, shorts, music-themed and family programming, and more.
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PETIT PAYSAN | Wed, Apr 25, 8 PM
Director Hubert Charuel in attendance!
The music/video exchange project CORRESPONDANCE pairs artists from Austin and Angers, FR in collaboration to create sound and visuals. The screening will be followed by a party open to all ticket holders, with live performances by Holodeck Records modular synth artists Curved Light and Dylan Cameron. Both artists were contributors to the Correspondance project.
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CUSTODY | Fri, Apr 27, 7:30 PM
With Director Xavier Legrand in attendance!
Winner of the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Inspired equally by KRAMER VS. KRAMER and Stephen King, director Xavier Legrand weaves an ominous tale of a family caught up in a custody battle, and succeeds in creating what will be one of the most talked-about foreign-language films of the year.
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NEW FRENCH CINEMA WEEK SHORTS | Sat, Apr 28, 1 PM
A presentation of short films by emerging Francophone directors, including films by participating New French Cinema Week filmmakers.
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THIS IS OUR LAND | Sat, Apr 28, 4 PM
Director Lucas Belvaux places the rise of Franceâ€™s far right under his lens in his fictionalized version of the inner workings of the National Front. A single working mother, Pauline (played by the fabulous Emilie Dequenne), attracts the attention of a local far-right party leader, who set their sights on her for candidacy in her working-class region. Apolitical Pauline is attracted to the partyâ€™s local proletariat stance, but doesnâ€™t perceive that the strings are being pulled from afar.
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UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN | Sat, Apr 28, 7 PM
Director Karim Moussaoui in attendance!
A selection of Cannesâ€™ Un Certain Regard 2017. A place-based cinematic poem about modern-day Algeria, told through three stories unfolding against the countryâ€™s diverse landscapes. Each characterâ€™s place in time reveals the paradoxes of the country, its history of oppression and revolution, and the questions about what comes next in a place tied strongly to religion and pressures of tradition. The upper-middle class embrace their western lives and beliefs but struggle to find the ethical context in which their lives belong, while peasants living in crumbling dwellings canâ€™t escape the ongoing burdens of culture and the immediate past.
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THE RED TURTLE | Sun, Apr 29, 1 PM
The entire family is invited to this AFS â€œSunday Schoolâ€ screening of Franceâ€™s 2016 Oscar-nominated animated feature, about a magical red turtle who comes into contact with a shipwrecked sailor. The film features stunning images and sound design, and is dialogue-free (no subtitles necessary).
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FÃ‰LICITÃ‰ | Sun, Apr 29, 5 PM
Celebrated Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomisâ€™ stunning film about a Congolese nightclub singer who will stop at nothing to find a way to pay the bills of her hospitalized son.