Films

SINK OR SWIM (LE GRAND BAIN)

Opening Event Sunday March 3rd at 6.30pm + Monday March 4th at 4.15pm+ Thuesday March 5th at 6.45pm / Gilles Lellouche/118 minutes/2018/subtitled/colour

One of this year’s box-office hit in France, Sink or Swim is a warm and humorous account of the adventures of an all male synchronised swimming team in existential crisis.
Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric) an unemployed family man in midlife crisis, enrolls at the local pool with a team of male amateur synchronized swimmers. Bertrand is not the only man in crisis, and a bond forms among them.
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: Official Selection (Out of Competition) Cannes Film Festival 2018 and 10 nominations for the 2019 Césars.

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CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Sunday March 10th at 8.00pm / Jean-Paul Rappeneau /137 minutes / 1990 / subtitled / colour

Cyrano (Gérard Depardieu), a popular officer and romantic poet, loves his beautiful cousin Roxane (Anne Brochet) since childhood but has never dared tell her. Cursed by an impossibly large nose, Cyrano despairs of any hope of winning Roxane’s heart. A wonderful newly issued print of this timeless classic on the big screen.
We are delighted to present the 4K restored version of Cyrano de Bergerac, with the support of Lagardère Studios Distribution. Special thanks to Agnès Kieft and Emmanuel Bornet
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NOMINATIONS & AWARDS:: The film went on to win 10 Césars, and Depardieu’s magical performance, both subtle and larger-than-life, earned him an Oscar nomination and won Best Actor César award and Best Actor at the Cannes Film festival.

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MEMOIR OF WAR  (LA DOULEUR)

Thursday March 7th at 4.15pm + Sunday March 10th at 4pm / Emmanuel Finkiel / 126 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Set in Nazi-occupied France in 1944, Marguerite (Mélanie Thierry) is an active Resistance member alongside husband writer Robert Antelme. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo, Marguerite befriends French collaborator Rabier (Benoît Magimel) to gain information on her husbands whereabouts. Marguerite waits in vain for Antelme’s return until finally as others return and he does not, she must confront the unimaginable – what Finkiel describes as ‘the presence of absence... withdrawing into oneself, an interior voyage’.
We warmly welcome director Emmanuel Finkiel as our special guest to introduce his film, and host a Q & A post-screenin
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NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: 8 nominations to the 2019 Césars. 

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THE QUEST OF ALAIN DUCASSe (la quête d'alain ducasse)

Wednesday March 6th at 6.30pm / Gilles de Maistre / 85 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Director Gilles de Maistre embarks on a journey to discover the world of 18 Michelin star Alain Ducasse, a chef with an incomparable talent for taste; and a businessman with 23 restaurants across the globe, now busy preparing new restaurant ‘Ore’ in the Château de Versailles, where he will recreate the luxurious of meals served to the court in the 17th century.
De Maistre follows him everywhere over a two year period, allowing us to experience, with privileged access, his incessant travelling schedule, his endless food-sampling and his tireless quest for perfection
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NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: Culinary Cinema Section, Berlin International Film Festival 2018.

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THE TIME OF FORESTS (LE TEMPS DES FORÊTS)

Thursday March 7th at 6.45pm / François-Xavier Drouet / 103 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Dedicated to the ‘foresters who resist’, François-Xavier Drouet’s insightful documentary looks at how France’s once diversified, complex forestry has been whittled down to only a few tree species as forestry undergoes an unprecedented phase of industrialization resultant of excessive consumer demand. The consequences of over forestry and the destruction of the forest soil by the heavy mechanization, monocultures, fertilizers and pesticides, the disappearance of transmission of knowledge, of forest management, all at hugely accelerated pace. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Cork Environmental Forum.



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A FAITHFUL MAN (L'HOMME FIDÈLE)

Thursday March 7th at 9.30pm / Louis Garrel / 75 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Putting himself front and centre, actor-director Louis Garrel directs, co-writes with Jean-Claude Carrière, and stars in this alluring tale of a love triangle, mixed with a twist of murder mystery and coming-of-age story! Abel (Louis Garrel) has been living with Marianne (Laetitia Casta, Garrel’s real life wife) in her apartment. All seems to be well until Marianne announces that she is pregnant.

NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: 1 nomination for the 2019 Césars and 1 Award for the Best scénario at the Internation Movie Festival of Saint-Sébastien 2018.


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AMIN

Monday March 4th at 2.00pm + Saturday March 9th at 1.45pm / Philippe Faucon / 91 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) has been living in Paris for nine years working on construction sites. He lives in a hostel far from his wife Aïsha (Marème N’Diaye) and their three children, only getting to visit them in homeland Senegal once or twice a year. While doing work at the house of French divorcée Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos), Amin begins a loving relationship with her. Philippe Faucon (Fatima, 2015) exactingly revolves the story around Amin, depicting the life of a migrant in France, his traumatic uprooting for economic reasons and the loneliness he faces as a result.


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AT WAR (EN GUERRE)

Tuesday March 5th at 1.45pm + Wednesday March 6th @ 9.15pm / Stéphane Brizé / 113 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

When Perrin Industries decides to shut down an automotive parts manufacturing plan in southwest France, their 1100 workers refuse to roll over. Having already made financial sacrifices for the promise of job security, and despite the company’s continuing profitability, the workers, led by spokesman and union representative Laurent Amédéo, fight back loudly against this brutal decision


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AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (UN AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE)

Thursday March 7th at 1.30pm / Catherine Corsini / 135 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Catherine Corsini’s subtle yet gripping, heart-wrenching chronicle set in late 1950s rural France masterfully recounts the story of Rachel, a provincial working class woman from Châteauroux (played by a wonderful Virginie Efira) over the course of forty years. Meeting Philippe (Niels Schneider) who is from a privileged background, at a ballroom dance, they soon see each other every day, as an intense but short- lived and ill-fated love story develops



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in safe hands (pupille)

Friday March 8th at 9.15pm + Sunday March 10th at 2.00pm / Jeanne Herry / 107 minutes / 2018 / subtitled

Born on 26 September, baby Théo has been abandoned at birth, and his uncertain future lies in the hands of Child Welfare Services. Foster carer Jean (Gilles Lelouche) is charged with looking after Theo while the adoption agency endeavour to find him a permanent home. Meanwhile Alice (Elodie Bouchez), unable to have children of her own, has never given up hope of being a mother. After facing many setbacks, Alice is finally ready to consider adoption.
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: 7 nominations for the 2019 Césars.



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keep going (continuer)

Saturday March 9th at 3.45pm / Joachim Lafosse / 85 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Virginie Efira (An Impossible Love; Sink or Swim) and Kacey Mottet-Klein star in this mother-son relationship based on Laurent Mauvignier’s novel ‘Continuer’. Award- winning director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children; After Love) challenges once again the topic of dysfunctional family relationships, as he takes us on a journey across the wild remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan, a western landscape, with estranged mother Sybille (Virginie Efira), and her angry teenage son Samuel (Kacey Mottet-Klein) trekking on horseback.



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LOLA AND HER BROTHERS (LOLA ET SES FRÈRES)

Tuesday March 5th at 9.15pm + Friday March 8th at 1.45pm Jean-Paul Rouve /105 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Set in Angoulême, this is a delicate, and infectious comedy of a French provincial upper-middle class siblings. Lola (Ludivine Sagnier), a lawyer in her thirties, feeling stifled by life, has just met Zoher (Ramzy Bedia). Benoît (Jean-Paul Rouve), an optician in his forties and with a compulsive temper, is just about to marry for the third time and with it, is about to become a father, something he’s not quite ready for. 



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MEKTOUB MY LOVE : CANYO UNO

Saturday March 9th at 8.00pm Mektoub, My Love / Abdellatif Kechiche / 175 minutes / 2018 / subtitled / colour

Awarded Best French Film of 2018 by the French Union of Critics, Abdellatif Kechiche’s (Blue is the Warmest Colour; Couscous) new epic is a loose adaptation of François Bégaudeau’s novel La Blessure, la vraie. Amin (Shaïn Boumedine), on leaving medical school in Paris, returns for the summer to his family home and the Franco-Tunisian community of Sète on France’s southern coast, where he immerses himself in photography, his plans to write a screenplay, and where he spends time with best friend Ophélie (Ophélie Bau), his cousin Tony (Salim Kechiouche) and new friends Charlotte (Alexia Chardard) and Céline (Lou Luttiau). Together they drift from beach to restaurant to bar, to night club.
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS:: 1 nomination for the 2019 Césars and 1 Award at the Movie Festival of Carbourg 2018.

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MIA AND THE WHITE LION (MIA ET LE LION BLANC)

Sunday March 10th at 11.30am / Gilles de Maistre/97 minutes/2018/subtitled/
colour

Ten year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia find happiness again as she develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia’s life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away leaving the farm and her family behind. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.


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orchestra class (la mélodie)

Saturday March 9th at 1.30pm /  Rachid Hami/ 102minutes/2017/subtitled/color

Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished violinist, but he’s at a low point in his life and career. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school, under the direction of the kindly Mr. Farid. He gets off to a rocky start and his strict teaching style doesn’t help him connect with the more difficult students. One of these students is Arnold, a painfully shy but gifted boy who is passionate about the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the warm enthusiasm of the rest of the class, Simon regains his zest for life and rediscovers the joys of music. But will he be able to overcome the obstacles and keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?



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the big bad fox (le grand méchant renard)

Saturday March 9th at 11.30am + Sunday March 10th at 11.30 am / Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert/80 minutes/2017/subtitled/colour

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place...
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS: 1 Award for the Best Animation Movie at the 2018 Césars and 1 Award for the Best Animation Movie at the Prix Lumières 201
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the house by the sea (la villa)

Monday March 4th at 6.45pm + Tuesday March 5th at 4.15pm / Robert Guédiguian/107 minutes/2017/subtitled/colour

By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil.



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the trouble with you (en liberté!)

Monday March 4th at 9.15pm + Wednesday March 6th at 2.00pm / Pierre Salvadori/107 minutes/2018/subtitled/colour

In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne is the young widow of police chief Santi, a local hero. When she realizes her husband was not exactly the model of virtue so idolized by their young son, and that an innocent young man, Antoine, has spent 8 years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, she is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help this very charming Antoine get back to his life and his wife. Everything that is, except telling the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life on the other side, to say the least, and soon blows a fuse leading to a spectacular sequence of events.
FESTIVAL & AWARDS: 9 nominations for the 2019 Césars.


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