SHOWCASE: NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2020

A YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA PROGRAM

2020 / 2h 32min /
Directed by Foued Mansour, Marion Lacourt, Cecilia de Arce, Vasilis Kekatos, Clémence Poésy, Marine Levéel, Benjamin Crotty /
country: France / language: French with English subtitles

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“This showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to romance to absurdist comedy. Revel in these petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes, Locarno, and Palm Springs ShortFest. New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.”

(source)


Ahmed’s Song
by Foued Mansour

Le chant d’Ahmed (original title)
Cesar nominee 2020
30 minutes

One day Ahmed, employed at the public baths and nearing retirement, encounters Mike, a teenager adrift. Between the bath house walls, in a place on the point of disappearing, a strange relationship will develop between these two fractured souls.

Sheep, Wolf, and
a Cup of Tea…

by Marion Lacourt

Moutons, Loup et tasse de thé… (original title)
Locarno 2019
12 minutes

At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom…

Tuesday from
8 to 6

by Celia de Arce

Mardi de 8 à 18 (original title)
Cannes Critics Week 2019
26 minutes

Névine, a secondary school monitor, is fully committed to her somewhat thankless day job, dealing with teachers, administration and students. Logan, a pupil she is fond of, insists on getting a cap back from lost and found. She has no idea of the consequences of her gesture.

The Distance
Between Us
and the Sky

by Vasilis Kekatos

La Distance entre nous et le ciel (original title)
Cannes FF 2019 : Palme d’or + Queer Palme
9 minutes

Two strangers meet for the first time one night in a remote gas station. The first one fills up his car, while the second one lacks a few euros necessary to get home. The two men will haggle over the price of what separates them from a story.

The Tears thing
by Clémence Poésy

Le Coup des larmes (original title)
Venice FF 2019
25 minutes

Florence is an actress. Preparations for her new role will challenge her in a way she could never have seen coming…

Magnetic Harvest
by Marine Levéel

La Traction des pôles (original title)
Premiers Plans Angers 2019
24 minutes

“In close up, Mickaël seems to move in a nebula of desires : find his lost pig, get his organic farming certification, stop being lonely in a rape desert. But from afar, Mickaël looks more like a magnet attracted to Paul.”

The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin
by Benjamin Crotty

“Le Discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin” (original title)
NYFF 2019
26 minutes

During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin – farmersoldier, veteran of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the father of chauvinism – embarks on a grand monologue, sending him back in time and space. Until, at a bend on a moonlit road, a spectral encounter changes the course of his non-existence.


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