Paris, 13th District

Director: Jacques Audiard Run Time: 106 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French

Starring: Geneviève Doang, Jehnny Beth, Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant

Paris, 13th District today. Émilie meets Camille who is attracted to Nora, who crosses the path of Amber. Three girls and a boy redefine what modern love is.

“Paris, 13th District, beautifully photographed in black-and-white by Paul Guilhaume, really is romantic, however skeptical of romance the story may be.” Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Indie, World Cinema

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Anaïs in Love

Director: Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French

Starring: Anaïs Demoustier, Bruno Todeschini, Denis Podalydès, Grégoire Oestermann, Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi

Anaïs is thirty and broke. She has a lover, but she’s not sure she loves him anymore. She meets Daniel, who immediately falls for her. But Daniel lives with Émilie – whom Anaïs also falls for. This is the story of a restless young woman. And the story of a profound desire.

“A love story as warm and refreshing as the Parisian summer it’s set against, writer-director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquets feature debut Anais in Love is a dizzyingly euphoric delight.” -Andrew Murray, The Upcoming

World Cinema, Drama, Comedy

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Charlotte

Director: Éric Warin, Tahir Rana Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 2022

Starring: Brenda Blethlyn, Jim Broadbent, Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, Sam Clafin

The true story of Charlotte Salomon, a young German-Jewish painter who comes of age in Berlin on the eve of the Second World War. Fiercely imaginative and deeply gifted, she dreams of becoming an artist. Her first love applauds her talent, which emboldens her resolve. When anti-Semitic policies inspire violent mobs, she escapes to the safety of the South of France. There she begins to paint again, and finds new love. But her work is interrupted, this time by a family tragedy that reveals an even darker secret. Believing that only an extraordinary act will save her, she embarks on the monumental adventure of painting her life story.

“For the chance to become acquainted with Salomon’s tragic and unique tale, as well as with her enduring output, this well-intended portrait is worth a look.” ~ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Drama, Animated

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Petite Maman

Director: Céline Sciamma Run Time: 72 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French

Starring: Gabrielle Sanz, Joséphine Sanz, Margot Abascal, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne

Céline Sciamma continues to prove herself as one of the most accomplished and unpredictable contemporary French filmmakers with her follow up to PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, the uniquely emotional, PETITE MAMAN. Following the death of her beloved grandmother,8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbor her own age building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection.

Petite Maman is a gentle but firm reminder to cherish our time and those we share it with. Whatever stage of our lives we’re at, there’s no going back once it’s gone.” -Rob Thomas, Capital Times

World Cinema, Drama

Happening

Director: Audrey Diwan Run Time: 100 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: French

Starring: Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Louise Orry-Diquéro, Luàna Bajrami, Pio Marmaï

France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.

Drama, World Cinema

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Vortex

Director: Gaspar Noé Run Time: 135 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: French

Starring: Alex Lutz, Dario Argento, Françoise Lebrun, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Philippe Rouyer

In what marks perhaps the most drastic creative pivot of his career, provocateur filmmaker Gaspar Noé is back in action with a new film, titled Vortex. Described as a “compassionate, profound drama” about an elderly couple battling age-related ailments.

“Unrelenting and inconsolable, with a smattering of compassionate moments, the superb Vortex brings to mind an observation attributed to actress Bette Davis, no less: Getting old ain’t for sissies.” -Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle

World Cinema, Drama

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