Direct-From-France Titles You Won’t Want to Miss

With the 2017 Festival underway in several cities, we want to highlight our unmissable direct-from-France titles. Screenings are limited for these sessions, so we recommend booking in tout de suite.

A Kid (Le fils de Jean)
Directed by Philippe Lioret
One morning, 33 year-old Mathieu receives a phone call and discovers that his biological father was Canadian and has just died. He also learns that he has two brothers. Mathieu drops everything and leaves Paris in hope of reuniting with a part of his unknown family. But upon his arrival in Montréal, nothing goes as expected and Mathieu finds himself in hostile territory.

From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)
Directed by Nicole Garcia
Based on Milena Agus’ novel of the same name, Marion Cotillard (also in It’s Only the End of the World) gives a luminous performance as Gabrielle, a repressed woman who yearns for a romantic love she was denied. Louis Garrel (also in Two Friends and Planetarium) excels as the dashing war veteran André.

Julie and the Shoe Factory (Sur quel pied danser)
Directed by Paul Calori and Kostia Testut
Auteur duo Calori and Testut call this film a ‘musical and social comedy’ and touch on serious societal issues whilst also entertaining with charming musical numbers. Full of charm and truth, this dazzling film follows in the line of director Jacques Demy, known for his comédies musicales such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Mercenary (Mercenaire)
Directed by Sacha Wolff
Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, defies his father’s authority to go play rugby in France. French, but not considered such and left to his own devices on the other side of the world, Soane struggles to get the recognition that he deserves.

Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
Equipped with a few items of clothing, a little bit of money, and a weapon, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) leaves for Evian. She has a sole obsession: to find the driver of the mocha-coloured Mercedes who ran over her son and turned her life upside down. But the path of truth has more bends than it appears.

Ogres (Les ogres)
Directed by Léa Fehner
Ogres plunges the audience into the vibrant and eccentric world of a troupe of travelling performers, who bring magic and hilarity along with them as they move from place to place. The complex dynamics of this family of misfits is shaken up when a former romantic dalliance re-enters the scene, and a pregnancy promises to bring both joy and new tensions.

One Man and his Cow (La vache)
Directed by Mohamed Hamidi
Fatah is a simple Algerian farmer with a big dream: to show his beloved cow Jacqueline at the Paris International Agricultural Show. When – to the amazement of his whole village – he receives an invitation to the show, an intrepid journey begins for one man who has never before left his country.

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