Jeune Femme tells the story of Paula, who finds herself alone in Paris after a break-up. With little to her name, other than her furry white cat, Muchaca, we follow her fearless, intense, multi-faceted character on a precarious journey as she bounces from one encounter to the next, transforming as she goes, eventually stealing your heart. Léonor Serraille’s début feature and Cannes Caméra d’Or winner captures Paris by day and night with startlingly vivid imagery, and features actress Laetitia Dosch in almost every frame.
Sunday 26th at 20.10 – BOOK NOW
23-year-old student Jeanne (Esther Garrel) has just been kicked out by her boyfriend. Heartbroken, she moves back in with her university professor father Gilles, only to discover that he’s been living for the past three months with one of his students, Ariane, who is the same age as her. Both girls will find common ground despite their differences. The bare simple storytelling of an unusual triangular relationship of desire, rivalry and friendship extends the director’s ongoing exploration of female characters to form an elegant meditation on love and fidelity.
Saturday 18th at 18.40, Friday 24th at 16.30 – BOOK NOW
Félicité (singer-turned-actress Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a proudly independent music club performer in the DR Congo city of Kinshasa in Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis’s vibrant fourth feature. When her fourteen-year-old son is severely injured in a motorcycle accident, Félicité is forced to seek the help of a persistent suitor to secure funding for medical care. With the emphasis placed on character and tone, Gomis’s immersive drama is a sensual urban tapestry that resonates with the indigenous music and song of Kinshasa.
Friday 17th at 15.50, Thursday 23rd at 18.10 – BOOK NOW
Brahim Mecheri, the new comic sensation, comes from a North African working-class family in the Parisian suburbs. His rising fame begins to erode the bond with his elder brother, Mourad, who has supported him all along as manager, agent, producer, lawyer, bodyguard and driver. Carried by an excellent triptych of actors (Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem and Maïwenn), this is sleek, seductive, powerful mainstream cinema.
Thursday 16th at 16.20, Wednesday 22nd at 18.30, Sunday 26th at 14.00 – BOOK NOW
Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney) is an asylum seeker who has fled civil war in the Central African Republic to live in Paris where he works menial jobs to provide for his two young children. His brother Etienne has also made the crossing, but his wife was not so fortunate and Abbas’s dreams are haunted by her memory. Tentatively he begins a relationship with Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire), a matter-of-fact woman who offers him a home for his children, but Abbas must await the outcome of the asylum process before committing to his new life.
Tuesday 21st at 20.20 – BOOK NOW
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: KNIFE+HEART
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: YOUNG AND ALIVE
13.30, 15.15, 18.00
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