A Year in Champagne
The exploding cork. Endless, tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, n'est-ce pas? A Year in Champagne shows us that it’s not just bubbles in a glass that makes the wine, or the mystique. With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we're treated to a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the production of this sparkling wine, from small independent makers, where each bottle is still turned by hand, to illustrious houses like Gosset and Bollinger. Find out what makes bubbly so special. Clink!
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 4:45 PM
In this re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic "Madame Bovary," life imitates art in uncanny ways when Gemma and her husband move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the same Norman village where the novel was written. Their welcoming neighbor and Flaubert expert, Martin, becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor. It doesn't take long before he draws parallels between the literary and real life woman, while insinuating himself into her life. Director Anne Fontaine's (Coco Before Chanel) clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a witty feminist commentary, and a heady celebration of French provincial life.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 12:15 PM
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Hiroshima mon amour
A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from Alain Resnais is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. With an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award®–nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish..
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 12:30 PM
Je t'aime, je t'aime
Directed by Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad), and written by Belgian science-fiction writer Jacques Sternberg, Je t’aime, je t’aime centers on Claude Ridder, a man who is asked to participate in a mysterious experiment in time travel when he leaves a hospital after a failed suicide attempt. The experiment, intended to return him after one minute of observing the past, instead causes him to experience his past in a disjointed fashion. His fate is left ambiguous. The film was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the countrywide wildcat strike that occurred in May 1968 in France.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 5:30 PM
May Allah Bless France (Qu'Allah bénisse la France)
Celebrated French rapper and author Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of his 2004 autobiography, chronicling his upbringing in the crime- and drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg and his life-changing encounters with hip hop and religion. Marc Zinga ably inhabits the role of young Régis, movingly interpreting his redemptive journey. Shot in black and white, the film visually and thematically draws comparisons to the seminal urban drama "La Haine." May Allah Bless France was awarded the coveted FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at Toronto and was nominated for two César Awards.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 7:15 PM
A moving and honest portrait, Party Girl tells the story of Angelique, a 60ish eccentric hostess who lives in a small room above a bar in Lorraine, near the German border. For decades she’s worked for drinks and tips and reveled in this intoxicated lifestyle. But when a smitten regular, Michel, unexpectedly pops the question, she's faced with the opportunity to transition into a quieter, more stable life. This semi-autobiographical drama won both the Camera d’Or and the Best Ensemble Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for two César Awards, including Best Debut Feature.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 7:15 PM
Debuting at last year's Cannes Film Festival, this new cinematic take on Yves Saint Laurent narrows its focus on a dark, hedonistic, and wildly creative decade in the life and career of the iconic, Algerian-born French designer: 1967 to 1977. Over the course of the film, the couturier becomes a myth, a brand, and an avatar of his era, moving through a string of hothouse ateliers and nightclubs, whose centers of gravity all seem to realign around him. The film is a kaleidoscope of of lavish excess, leading The New York Times to call it "giddy, intoxicating, and decidedly decadent."
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 7:15 PM
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 12:30 PM
In this gourmet, around-the-world road trip, chefs, farmers, butchers, and food critics help us understand the revolution currently taking place within the world of beef. Director Franck Ribière (himself raised in a family of cattle breeders) and his favorite butcher explore the world of smaller-scale farming operations, while digging deep into the many methods of butchery and preparation used to serve the most widely adored meat on the market. An official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, Steak (R)evolution is beautiful, tantalizing, informative--and a must see for any foodie.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 2:30 PM
The Connection (La French)
Shot entirely on 35 mm, The Connection offers the European flip side to William Friedkin's 1971 American cop movie masterpiece, The French Connection. A stylish, 70s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin, Academy Award® winner for The Artist) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history, nicknamed "The French Connection." In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa, who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States.
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 2:15 PM