New French Cinema Review
May 27th – June 2nd, 2019
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: available at the Forum Cinema’s box office and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
10th New French Cinema Review, organized by the French Institute in Poland, will take place from 22 to 29 May at the Muranów cinema in Warsaw. By the beginning of June, the review will also visit a dozen other cities in Poland, including Białystok and the Forum cinema!
18:00 Memoir of Pain
18:15 At War
18:15 Mystery of Henri Pick
12:00 Ernest and Celestine in Winter
20:15 The House by the Sea
18:00 Varda by Agnès
20:15 Sink or Swim
dir. Jeanne Herry
Théo is given up for adoption by his biological mother on the very day he is born. After this anonymous birth, the mother has two months to change her mind… Or not. The child welfare services and adoption service spring into action… The former have to take care of the baby and support it during this limbo-like time, this period of uncertainty, while the latter must find a woman to become his adoptive mother. She is called Alice, and she has spent the last ten years fighting to have a child
Memoir of Pain
dir. Emmanuel Finkiel
Based on Marguerite Duras’s autobiographical classic Douleur , MEMOIR OF PAIN is about the period when she was waiting for her husband to return; he had been arrested by the Nazis during the Résistance. In desperation, and trying to find out more about his fate, she gets involved with a Nazi collaborator in a game of cat and mouse. Emmanuel Finkel finds both poetic and realistic images for the pain of not knowing and the desperation of being powerless. (Sophie Albers Ben Chamo)
dir. Mikhaël Hers
David, who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena, who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock, and the pain, David now finds himself alone with his young niece Amanda to care for.
dir. Denis Podalydes
Born to a poor farming family in Brittany, Bécassine finds work as a nanny with the Marquise de Grand-Air who has recently adopted a lovely baby named Loulotte. A strong bond develops between Becassine and Loulotte, and life is sweet, until the Grand-Airs are threatened with financial ruin… Can Bécassine save the day? Naïve, funny, dreamy, optimistic, loving, Bécassine is also inventive, courageous and always ready to handle any situation in her own unique way – a superheroine like no other. César-winner Bruno Podalydès returns with a family movie adapted from the beloved French comic book Bécassine.
Sink or Swim
dir. Gilles Lellouche
A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team – for men. Braving the scepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.
The House by the Sea
dir. Robert Guédiguian
Three grown children gathered at the picturesque villa of their dying father reflect on where they are, who they have become, and what they have inherited.
dir. Stéphane Brizé
Despite heavy financial sacrifices on the part of their employees and record profits that year, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut down a factory. The 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amédéo, decide to fight this brutal decision, ready to do everything to save their jobs.
Mystery of Henri Pick
dir. Rémi Bezançon
A success or a failure, something worth the media spotlight or something to be scrapped, marketing-fed storytelling or the truth, the small elitist Parisian world of publishing houses or a distant French province, and yet bridges link opposites, mixing reality with fiction and blurring all boundaries: with The Mystery of Henri Pick – an adaptation of the eponymous novel by David Foenkinos, which is being released today in French cinemas by Gaumont – Rémi Bezançon has fun creating a hybrid film detailing a story-within-a-story literary investigation conducted by the great Fabrice Luchini.
Ernest and Celestine in Winter
dir. Julien Chheng, Jean-Christophe Roger
Ernest is a big bear from Charabie. He likes playing music and eating marmalade. He lives with Celestine, a little orphan mouse, and they share his house. Our two friends never get bored! When the first snowflakes start to fall they need to prepare for Ernest’s hibernation: they must take care of Bibi, their wild goose, who will fly away before the big winter, prepare cakes for Ernest and go to the mice’s ball to celebrate the first day of winter.
Varda by Agnès
dir. Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda takes a seat on a theatre stage. This professional photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague is an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In this film, she offers insights into her oeuvre, using excerpts from her work to illustrate – more associatively than chronologically – her artistic visions and ideas. Her lively, anecdote-rich and clever talk is divided into two sections. Firstly, she elucidates her ‘analogue period’ from 1954 to 2000, in which the director is in the foreground. This was the young woman who set out to reinvent cinema, someone who was always open to chance and to moments of documentary, even in fiction; who, with every new film, changed her narrative style. In the second part, Agnès Varda focuses on the years from 2000 to 2018, and shows how she uses digital technology to look at the world in her own, unique way.Whether in front of the camera or behind it, Agnès Varda is a visual storyteller who eschews convention and prescribed approaches to drama. Together with some of her fellow travellers, she takes the audience on a journey through her world of unorthodox images.