New French Cinema Review

In cooperation with the French Institute in Poland we have the pleasure of inviting you to the New French Cinema Review!

May 11th – 17th, 2018
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 14 PLN

May 11th, 7:30 PM
120 Beats per Minute
May 12th, 6 PM
Let the Sunshine in
May 13th, 4 PM
6 PM
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc
May 14th, 6 PM
May 15th, 6 PM
May 16th, 6 PM
May 17th, 6 PM
Montparnasse Bienvenue


120 Beats per Minute / 120 battements par minute
France 2016, 143′
dir. Robin Campillo
cast: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
for the viewers older than 16

Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle.

Let the Sunshine in / Un beau soleil intérieur

France 2017, 94′
dir. Claire Denis
cast: Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Inspired by Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse, Claire Denis teams up with writer Christine Angot to tell, in fragments, the romantic journey of Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a sensitive, middle-aged, unhappily divorced artist and mother, as she moves from one lover to the next in search of definitive love. Exquisitely lit by Denis’ long-standing cinematographer Agnès Godard, and with a constellation of star actors (Gérard Depardieu, Xavier Beauvois, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Bruno Podalydès), Isabelle’s quest for love unfolds with a delightful and uplifting finale.


France 2016, 85′
dir. Vincent Lobelle, Sébastien Thiéry
cast: Christian Clavier, Catherine Frot, Sébastien Thiery

One evening, when they come home, Mr. and Mrs. Prioux are astounded to find that a certain Patrick has moved into their place. This strange young man has returned home to his parents in order to introduce his wife. The Prioux, who have never had any children, are flabbergasted, particularly as everything seems to prove that Patrick is indeed their son. Is Momo a mythomaniac? A manipulator? Have the Prioux forgotten that they had a child? Has Mrs. Prioux, who has always suffered from not having had any children, invented a son?

Orphan / Orpheline
France 2016, 111′
dir. Arnaud des Pallières,
cast: Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Solène Rigot, Vega Cuzytek
for the viewers older than 16

Four moments in the lives of four female characters. Sandra’s youth as she moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. Karine’s teenage years, an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. The childhood of a little girl called Kiki, captured as a game of hide and seek turns to tragedy. And finally the grown-up life of Renée, a woman who thought she was safe from her own past. Gradually, we come to understand that these four characters are actually different sides of the same woman.

France 2017, 98′
dir. Mathieu Amalric
cast: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Peirani

The shoot is about to start. The actress works on her character, her voice, the songs, scores, the gestures, knitting, scenes she has to learn. Things are going well, there’s progress, development, she is even overwhelmed by her character. The film director also lets himself be submerged, overwhelmed like the actress, by the actress.

France 2016, 112′
dir. Grand Corps Malade i Mehdi Idir,
cast: Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly

Following a serious sports accident in a swimming pool, Ben, now an incomplete quadriplegic, arrives in a rehabilitation center. He meets other handicapped people (tetraplegics, paraplegics, traumatized crania), all victims of accidents, as well as a handicapped since his early childhood. Between impotence, despair and resignation, in the daily struggle to learn to move a finger or to hold a fork, some slowly find a little mobility while others receive the verdict of the handicap for life. Despite everything, hope and friendship help them endure their difficulties.

Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc / Jeanette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc
France 2017, 115′
dir. Bruno Dumont
cast: Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Jeanne Voisin, Lucile Gauthier

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.

Montparnasse Bienvenue / Jeune femme
France 2017, 97′
dir. Léonor Serraille,
cast: Laetitia Dosch, Souleymane Seye, Grégoire Monsaingeon

Broke, with nothing but her cat and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start and she’ll do it with style and panache.


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