«French Women» is a film by women for women…and the men who love women. But it’s not a feminist manifesto.
It shows a community of women that is varied and diverse, strong and not stereotypical, a community that represents women today.
Directed by André TECHINE (Thieves, Wild Reeds, Strayed, My Favorite Season)
Based on the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera. The murder of Agnès Le Roux is a question remaining 30 years later. A tale of passion, money and betrayal.
Nice, 1976. Following the failure of her marriage, Agnès Le Roux returns from Africa to her mother Renée, owner of the Casino Le Palais de la Méditerranée. The young lady falls in love with Renée’s confident, Maurice Agnelet, a handsome lawyer 10 years elder. He has other relationships; she’s crazy for him.
Directed by Tommy WIRKOLA (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel)
The sequel kicks off right where the first one ended. Martin, the last surviving member of the group of medical students that where attacked by nazi zombies, manages to fight off Herzog, their leader, and
Ariane Felder is pregnant! Since she’s a young judge with strict morals and a hardened single woman, it’s more than a surprise. And even more surprising is that after paternity tests, the father of the unborn child is revealed as Bob Nolan, a criminal who’s being pursued for a monstrous crime. Ariane, who can’t remember a thing, tries to understand what could possibly have happened and what lies ahead.
Directed by Emmanuelle BERCOT (Backstage / The Players)
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 – IN COMPETITION
Cathy, sixty and beautiful, runs a restaurant offering local specialties in a small town on the coast of Brittany, where she has always lived. Therestaurant has been in the family for three generations.
Cathy is a widow. She’s been having a passionate affair with a local industrialist, who regularly promises to leave his wife for her. When he finallydecides to take the plunge, it’s not for Cathy, but for a young woman who’s expecting his baby! Cathy is devastated. And things get worse: thatsame day she receives news that her business is failing and the bank is threatening to start bankruptcy proceedings. Cathy is filled with despair. Her world is crumbling around her.
What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated
to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective
consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler and others) and the
relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their
own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists.
One night in a French provincial city, Marc meets Sylvie after missing his train back to Paris. They wander through the streets until morning, talking about everything except themselves, in rare, almost choreographed, harmony. Marc takes the first train back, and sets a date with Sylvie in Paris, a few days later.
Carine Roitfeld is French, and the most renowned fashion editor on the planet along with her opposite number at American Vogue, Anna Wintour.During her 10 years as editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris she was noted for her successes and scandals (“porno chic” was her creation). Lastyear, she left Vogue Paris with the greatest challenge to date, to create a new fashion magazine: CR, the ultimate fashion magazine, the mostunpredictable, glamorous and innovative. CR will be the anti-Vogue. It will be even more chic, more exclusive, more ambitious.Having been granted unprecedented access, the aim of this documentary is to follow the making of a magazine from the first editorial meetingthrough to the extravagant launch party in New York. The filmmaker’s take on this subject is not to be too edgy but instead amusing and upbeat.Fashion, drama, power, models all circle around this most iconic of fashion editors, the most Parisian, the Eiffel Tower in 12 cm heels: theirreverent Mademoiselle C.We, the viewers, are fully immersed in the creative process of producing a new magazine: the “just to see” photo shoots for the pilot issue thatget trashed and do not make it into the magazine, the chaos of fashion week, greeting the designe
rs, previewing new collections, press trips,glamorous soirees, choosing photographers, finding new talents, creating surprise, photo shoot disasters, shopping expeditions, award ceremonies,front row, backstage. This is the hectic life of one of the few people in the world who does not make the wheel of fashion turn, but hasthe wheel of fashion turning around her. But above all else, behind the surface glamour, this film takes the viewer behind the fantasy and triesto understand the way the fashion industry really functions.
Directed by Giorgio DIRITTI (The Man Who Will Come – Best film David di Donatello 2010)
SUNDANCE 2013 / World Dramatic Competition
Painful family issues push Augusta, a young Italian woman, to doubt the certainties on which she had built her existence. On a small boat and inthe immensity of the Amazon nature she begins her journey accompanying Sister Franca, a friend of her mother’s, in her mission to the Indiosvillages. Augusta’s journey seems driven only by questions to which she doesn’t have any answer.After having parted company from Franca, Augusta fits in the reality of the favelas of Manaus: here, through the meeting of the simple localpeople, she manages to perceive again the atavistic strength of the instinct of life. She undertakes “her” journey, as far as isolating herself inthe forest, welcoming her pain and finding love again, both with her body and soul.In a dimension where nature assumes a prophetic meaning, where it scans new times and establishes existential priorities, Augusta faces theadventure of the searching for herself, incarnating the universal matter of the meaning of the human existence.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL / Un Certain Regard / Competition
Gary is young. He belongs to those people who don’t expect anything from anyone.He joins a nuclear power station, convinced to find a team there, sense to his life, money and heroes.To earn his money, he’s not afraid to become a «jumper», to approach the nuclear reactor as near as possible in areas where radioactivity isthe most dangerous.But, the team involves Karole as well, the wife of one of the others. They fight against their mutual forbidden love.When Gary reaches the limit of acceptable radiation levels, he decides to lie, being afraid he will be separated from her. He starts playing adeadly game, every day becoming a threat.
Muto and Ikegami are two gangsters who hate each other, but Ikegami is in love with Muto’s actress daughter Michiko.Meanwhile, Muto attempts to make his wife Shizue’s dream come true which is to have their daughter appear in a movie. Koji, who is just a passerby, is mistaken for a movie director. Koji then requests to independent film director Hirata to cast Michiko as the leading actress in this film. Their situation son goes completely wrong.
VENICE 2013 – La Settimana della Critica / Opening Film
Two brothers. Two continents. Two lives. One single soul. Under a gloomy sky, between apocalyptic premonitions in a Naples at its utmost decay, Sergio, a taxi driver, receives a shocking news. Nothing will be the same as before. Now Sergio looks at himself in the mirror and what he sees is a forty-year-old man who has turned his back on music and got lost in the limbo of his city. While a storm is raging outside, a crowd of memories, hopes, regrets and presences begins to populate his cab. Sooner or later the rain will stop and the sky will open up again. And the end will come. Or the music will be back.
From dawn till dusk, paced by the calls to prayer, a surprising crowd wanders about on the rooftops of Algiers. Closed spaces, that have become open air mirrors to the contradictions, the violence, the intolerance of the endless conflicts that mar the Algerian society.
VENICE 2013 – Official Competition
TIFF 2013 – City to City
On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family keep insisting that it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her?