Program

Paris (2008)

Fri., Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Not rated

Cedric Klapisch, the beloved director of L’Auberge Espagnole, gathers together some of the biggest

actors in French cinema for a valentine to the city of lights. The all-star cast in this delightful

romance includes Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris (The Beat that My Heart Skipped),

Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds), Fabrice Luchini (Intimate Strangers), and Francois Cluzet

(Tell No One). French with subtitles. 130 mins.

Trailer.

 

 

 

White Material (2009)

Fri., Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Not rated

In this drama directed and co-written by Claire Denis, Isabelle Huppert plays Maria, a white French

expatriate living in an African nation that has fallen into political chaos. Maria owns a coffee

plantation, and regards her property as her personal domain; she’s not about to give up her land,

though her stubborn attitude prevents her from admitting that she’s putting those close to her in

danger. French with subtitles. 106 mins.

Trailer.

 

 

 

Des Hommes et des dieux (2011)

Fri., Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

(PG13)

Xavier Beauvois’s sublime tale of faith and doubt is based on a real incident from 1996 that still reverberates in France. Eight French Trappist monks settle in an impoverished village in Algeria, offering medical assistance and gaining the locals’ trust by taking part in Muslim traditions. Life, in many ways, is idyllic for the Catholic brothers as they tend to their honeybees and exalt God’s glory; led by the abbot, they are frequently seen chanting and praying. This harmony is disrupted by the arrival of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA), fundamentalist terrorists who demand that the monks leave, a request that is soon seconded by the Algerian military. Not wanting to abandon the destitute citizens who’ve come to rely on them, the brothers take a vote, ultimately deciding to stay—a resolution that seems even more perilous after Croatian volunteers are killed by the GIA. As the film leads up to the monks’ inevitable doom, Beauvois considers the intransigence of religious belief: both for his white-robed martyrs and their brutal captors.

 

Family Film in the City – Paris Double Feature & Ice Cream Social

Co-sponsored with the 2012 W&M Global Film Festival,

The Life of a Cat & a Red Balloon: Paris pour les enfants

Sat., Feb. 11 at 12 p.m.

Le ballon rouge/The Red Balloon (1956 / France / Albert Lamorisse / 34m / NR)

12:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social (Kimball Lobby)

1 p.m. Une vie de chat/A Cat in Paris Paris

(2010 / France / Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol / 70m / NR)

 

Not rated

This animated feature from filmmakers Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol is a thrilling mystery

that unfurls in the alleys and on the rooftops of Paris over the course of one adventurous night.

A Cat in Paris is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir films and the stylized with

of the Pink Panther cartoons. French with subtitles. 70 mins.

Trailer.

 

 

 

Fauteuil d’orchestre/Avenue Montaigne (2007)

Fri., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

Rated: PG-13

Jessica, a charming young woman (Cecile De France, L’Auberge Espagnole), comes to Paris and

lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistro on fabled Avenue Montaigne, the city’s nexus for art,

music, theater, and fashion. Jessica’s guileless and completely unintimidated engagement in her

customer’s lives has a transforming effect on them—and ultimately on her. Co-sponsored with

the 2012 W&M Global Film Festival, “Film & the City.” French with english subtitles.

Trailer.