University of Louisville
February 6- March 7, 2014
Free and Open to the Public
Thursday February 6 – 5 & 8 PM
Polisse follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her richly textured script on real child investigation cases, writer/director/actress Maïwenn has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors who convey the emotional strain of the unit's work with gritty realism.
Thursday February 13 - 5 & 8 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion moderated by Tracy Heightchew, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society)
12-year-old Simon lives with his restless older sister Louise at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he takes the cable car to the ski resorts above to pilfer from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end. In her absence, Simon forges a strong bond with a wealthy tourist (Gillian Anderson), and his fragile relationship with his sister fractures into dangerous new territory. Enthusiastically embraced at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival where the Mike Leigh-led jury awarded it the Silver Bear, the film went on to be a sleeper hit in France.
Thursday February 20 – 5 & 8 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion moderated by Wendy Yoder, French professor and President of Alliance Française de Louisville)
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. A 55-year-old Algerian immigrant offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This moving film features exquisite performances by a stunning ensemble of child actors.
Thursday February 27 – 5 & 8 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion moderated by Matthieu Dalle, French professor)
Note: Trailer contains nudity and is in French with no English subtitles
The Minister (L'Exercice de l'Etat ) tells the story of Bertrand Saint-Jean, Minister for Transport, who is woken in the middle of the night by his secretary when a bus crashed into a ravine. Thus begins the odyssey of a State official through an increasingly complex and hostile world. This surreal thriller has placed director Pierre Schoeller on top of the French emerging auteur list.
Thursday March 6 – 5 & 8 PM (5 pm screening followed by a discussion moderated by Andrew Cooper, Professor of Film and Digital Media)
THE RABBI’S CAT
The Festival will end with the new animated classic, The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du rabbin). Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi's Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat - a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's voluptuous teenage daughter. The film is set in Algeria in the 1930s at the intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture.