Lumières Françaises is a new series of contemporary French cinema, presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Launching right after Bastille Day, this weeklong festival will showcase a selection of today’s best independent French films and filmmakers. The program highlights an exciting new generation of rising talent on both sides of the camera, from rebellious comedies, to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries.
All films presented with English subtitles
April and the Extraordinary World
Sunday, 7/17, 1:00pm | Wednesday, 7/20, 7:15pm
Director: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci | Animation | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure following adventurous scientists’ daughter April and her dear cat Darwin… read more.
Sunday, 7/17, 5:15pm | Wednesday, 7/20, 5:00pm
Director: Brigitte Sy | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
Brigitte Sy’s fiercely intelligent adaptation of the eponymous 1965 semi-autobiographical novel by Algerian-born Albertine Sarrazin-vividly brought to life by Leila Bekhti-depicts the life of a young woman defiantly on the margins… read more.
The Brand New Testament
Thursday, 7/21, 7:00pm
Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Narrative | 2015 | Country: Belgium, France | Language: French
God exists, he lives in Brussels, and he’s a petty tyrant to his wife and daughter. When his daughter spies the right opportunity, she hacks into his computer and leaks to the entire world via text message their inevitable date of death. What follows is Jaco Van Dormael’s witty and eccentric answer to a loaded question: What would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left to live… read more.
The Last Hammer Blow
Sunday, 7/17, 3:15pm | Tuesday, 7/19, 5:15pm
Director: Alix Delaporte | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
The eagerly-awaited second film from writer/director Alix Delaporte is a profoundly affecting drama about a young boy determined to change the course of his future. Intimate and emotionally satisfying, and featuring a mesmerizing breakout performance by newcomer Romain Paul, Delaporte’s film is a poetic, neo-realist jewel… read more.
Friday, 7/15, 7:30pm | Sunday, 7/17, 7:30pm | Thursday, 7/21, 2:15pm
Director: Julie Delpy | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
On holiday in the south of France, chic Parisian sophisticate Violette and life-loving IT geek Jean-René strike up an unlikely, but passionate romance. But there’s trouble in paradise when Lolo, Violette’s ultra-possessive 19-year-old son, swiftly appears to shatter the couple’s idyll… read more.
Neither Heaven Nor Earth
Saturday, 7/16, 5:15pm | Tuesday, 7/19, 7:15pm
Director: Clément Cogitore | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
Afghanistan 2014. Approaching the withdrawal of troops, Captain Antares Bonassieu and his section are assigned to a control and monitoring mission in a remote valley of the Wakhan, Pakistan border. Despite the determination of Antares and his men, control of this so-called calm sector will gradually crumble. On a September night, some soldiers start to mysteriously disappear in the valley… read more.
Saturday, 7/16, 3:00pm | Tuesday, 7/19, 3:00pm
Director: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai | Documentary | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
Stunningly gorgeous and delicate in both subject and treatment, Reset depicts renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (best known for choreographing the dance sequences in Black Swan) as he attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his new position as director… read more.
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
Friday, 7/15, 3:00pm | Thursday, 7/21, 4:45pm
Director: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan | Documentary | 2014 | Country: France, Syria | Language: Arabic, French
An extraordinary, at times excruciating documentary, Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait bears witness to the atrocities of the civil war that has raged in that country for nearly five years… read more.
Saturday, 7/16, 7:30pm | Monday, 7/18, 5:00pm
Director: Thomas Salvador | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
Director and cowriter Thomas Salvador stars in the title role of this modest, extremely charming superhero movie. Tall, lean, slightly awkward, and unassuming, Vincent leads a quiet life as a construction worker. But whenever he comes into contact with water, this beanpole of a man transforms into a being with unsurpassed strength and speed… read more.
Young French Cinema Shorts
Saturday, 7/16, 1:00pm | Wednesday, 7/20, 3:00pm
Director: Various | Narrative | 2015 | Country: Various | Language: French
A selection of shorts from UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Young French Cinema program. Featuring the work of Yulia Aronova, Hadrien Bichet, Maïmouna Doucouré, Paul Wenninger, and Just Philippot… read more.
Friday, 7/15, 5:15pm | Monday, 7/18, 7:15pm
Director: Cyprien Vial | Narrative | 2015 | Country: France | Language: French
Cyprien Vial’s striking feature debut follows the travails of Punjabi teenager Many (impressive first-time actor Harmandeep Palminder), an illegal immigrant in France who must balance his wish to establish roots in his new country with the unyielding pressure to send money back home to his family in India…. read more.
General – $10.00