[FrenchFilmNews] 18th Sacramento French Film Festival - Program announcement!
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* 18th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL June 21-30, 2019 *
*"THE REGION'S PREMIER FILM EVENT" Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee*
*18th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL*
*June 21-30, 2019 - Crest Theatre*
*THE 2019 FEATURE FILM PROGRAM IS HERE!*
[image: Les Invisibles]
*Invisibles* by Louis-Julien Petit - SFFF 2019 Opening Night
*WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?*
In 2019, the SFFF will present a *RECORD 20 FEATURE FILMS* – 18 premieres &
2 classics – *and 20 SHORT FILMS* (selection TBA). Each film will be shown
only once and we have increased the length of time between films, so you
will be able to participate in* longer Q&A sessions* or grab something to
eat between screenings, or maybe even both!
We are not presenting late night movies this year. Instead, for the last
showing on Saturday, June 29, we are introducing a *SURPRISE FILM SCREENING*.
You will have a second chance to see the film voted “Best of the First
Weekend” from audience ballots. A sure treat!
We are also establishing a *SHORT FILM AUDIENCE PRIZE*, in addition to our
Audience Prize for Feature Films. More information to come.
We have confirmed *two GUESTS* so far, but stay tuned, we are working on
*ROMANE BOHRINGER*, director and star of the comedy *In the* *Move for Love*
& *DAVID ROUX*, director of the drama *Breath of Life* will be at the Crest
Theatre during our second weekend.
[image: L'Amouf flou]
*In the Move for Love* by Roman Bohringer & Philippe Rebbot - SFFF 2019 -
Saturday, June 29
*FEATURE FILM LINEUP*
*You can click on the film posters for direct access to more details,
trailers, reviews, etc. *
*Or you can scroll down to read short descriptions about each film. **(Print
Showtimes - pdf)*
*FIRST WEEKEND - June 21-23, 2019*
(click on the film posters to find out more)
[image: Les Invisibles]
Cleo] <https://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2019_cleo.htm> [image:
[image: Guy] <https://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2019_guy.htm>
Promesse de l'aube]
Amin] <https://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2019_amin.htm> [image:
Un amour impossible]
*SECOND WEEKEND - June 28-30, 2019*
(click on the film posters to find out more)
[image: J'veux du soleil]
[image: L'amour flou]
Dilili] <https://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/movie2019_dilili.htm> [image:
L'orde des medecins]
*SHORT SYNOPSIS* *(Print Synopsis & Showtimes - pdf)
*FIRST WEEKEND - JUNE 21-23, 2019*
*OPENING NIGHT: INVISIBLES (LES INVISIBLES)
*COMEDY - Friday, June 21 - 7:00 p.m. Followed by the OPENING NIGHT BUBBLY
PARTY! Featuring CHAMPAGNE, BEER & DESSERT & Pop Music by DJ Christophe &
DJ Roger (included in ticket price).*
French stars share the screen with real-life homeless women playing
themselves in this tender and sincere feel-good comedy about a homeless day
shelter for women that is set to close. While they still can, the social
workers who run the shelter decide to take drastic steps, including bending
the rules, to give their women the means to get off the streets for good. A
timely topic in Sacramento. MORE...
*CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (CLEO DE 5 A 7)*
*1962 CLASSIC – DRAMA - Saturday, June 22 - 11:00 a.m.*
The SFFF is proud to celebrate filmmaker Agnès Varda, who passed away in
March at the age of 91. Varda, a French New Wave pioneer, would become the
premier and most influential female director of her generation. *Cléo from
5 to 7*, about a woman coming to term with her mortality, is Varda’s second
feature film. MORE...
*MOTHERS’ INSTINCT (DUELLES)
*PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER - Saturday, June 22 - 1:25 p.m.*
This gripping psychological thriller with a stunning retro look is as
twisted as Hitchcock and as oppressive as Chabrol. When a sudden tragedy
uproots the lives of two best friends and their families, they begin to
question the relationships they once held so dear. MORE...
*AT WAR (EN GUERRE)
*DRAMA - Saturday, June 22 - 3:45 p.m.*
Despite record profits and a recent labor agreement in which employees made
substantial sacrifices, the management of Perrin Industries decides to shut
down one of its factories. The 1,100 employees, led by their union
spokesman, Laurent Amédéo, are determined to fight this brutal decision and
to save their jobs. *At War* is an unflinching social drama that unfolds
like a tragedy. MORE...
*THE TROUBLE WITH YOU (EN LIBERTE!)
*COMEDY - Saturday, June 22 - 6:35 p.m.*
In this frantic and farcical comedy, a French Riviera police officer
discovers that her late husband led a criminal double life, and that the
man who was framed for his crimes is about to be released from jail. As the
police woman and ex-con struggle to regain control of their upended worlds,
their meeting leads to a spectacular and hilarious sequence of events.
Starring Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, and SFFF-favorite Audrey Tautou! MORE...
*MOCKUMENTARY - Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 p.m.*
A young journalist is filming a documentary about aging French pop singer
Guy Jamet. He long ago stopped making new music, but Jamet continues to
tour with his classic hits, reliving past glory with his adoring and
similarly-aging fans. *Guy* is a funny and good-humored tour de force, a
nostalgic tribute to the beginnings of French pop music, and a true
audience pleaser. Enjoy trying to figure out what is real and what is fake!
The film won two 2019 César: Best Actor and Best Original Score. MORE...
*PROMISE AT DAWN (LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE)
*HISTORICAL DRAMA - Sunday, June 23 - 11:00 a.m.*
*Presented in partnership with the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival.*
Award-winning writer and diplomat Romain Gary recounts his life, from his
childhood in Eastern Europe to his young adulthood in France, and through
his experiences in World War II. The film is also the story of his
self-sacrificing and overbearing mother (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg),
who raised him alone. She had big dreams for him, and he does his best to
live up to them in this epic, sumptuous, poignant, and at times comical
*DRAMA - Sunday, June 23 - 2:00 p.m.*
Amin is a Senegalese immigrant working construction in France. He finds it
increasingly difficult to be apart from his wife and children, who remain
in Senegal. Amin joins a crew doing renovations at the home of a recently
divorced woman, Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos). Gabrielle becomes both a
temporary solace and a complication to his life in this touching and
compassionate drama from director Philippe Faucon (*Fatima*). MORE...
*A FAITHFUL MAN (L’HOMME FIDELE)
*ROMANTIC COMEDY - Sunday, June 23 - 4:30 p.m.*
Eight years after their separation, Abel meets Marianne again and tries to
win her back, after the death of her husband Paul. But Eve, Paul's younger
sister, is in love with Abel and will stop at nothing to make him hers.
Abel wants Marianne. Eve wants Abel. Who knows what Marianne truly wants?
Louis Garrel directs and stars in this light tale of romantic
entanglements, which also features Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp.
*AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (UN AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE)
DRAMA - Sunday, June 23 - 6:30 p.m.*
Set over the course of 50 years, from the late 1950s to today, *An
Impossible Love* tells the story of a toxic romance, passionate but doomed
by bigotry. Out of this tumultuous relationship comes a child, and a story
of unconditional love between a mother and daughter that is threatened by
the reappearance of a manipulative, estranged father. This subtle and
heartbreaking drama has been called Catherine Corsini’s best film. MORE...
*SECOND WEEKEND - JUNE 28-30, 2019*
*A PLACE IN THE SUN (J’VEUX DU SOLEIL)
*DOCUMENTARY - Friday, June 28 - 6:00 p.m.*
"I changed the brake pads and coolant. 350 €. Let’s go!" With these words,
François Ruffin invites us on a road trip around France, to find out why
many French people decided to join the “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests)
movement, the unprecedented social uprising that has been going on in
France since November 2018. The film gives voices to the people we rarely
get a chance to hear, and captures the moments when women and men, usually
resigned, stand up with pride to claim their place in the sun. MORE...
*CONVICTION (UNE INTIME CONVICTION)
*COURTROOM DRAMA - Friday, June 28 - 8:15 p.m.*
Nora is convinced that Jacques Viguier is innocent of murdering his wife,
whose body has never been found. After a trial and acquittal, the case is
appealed and Viguier must stand trial again. Viguier’s daughter tutors
Nora’s son, and Nora feels compelled to help. Nora persuades a top attorney
to defend Viguier, and they work together to dig into the evidence. This
gripping courtroom drama, based on a true story, is Antoine Raimbault’s
first film. MORE...
*PEPPERMINT SODA (DIABOLO MENTHE)
*1977 CLASSIC – DRAMA - Saturday, June 29 - 11:00 a.m.*
Paris, 1963. Anne, 13, lives with her divorced mother and big sister,
Frédérique. *Peppermint Soda,* a loving coming-of-age slice-of-life,
follows the two teenage sisters during one school year. The film is both
anchored in its period, the rigid 1960s, and timeless in its presentation
of the woes of being a teenage girl. Diane Kurys’ first film hasn’t lost
any of its appeal and relevance today. MORE...
*THE FRESHMEN (PREMIERE ANNEE)
*DRAMATIC COMEDY - Saturday, June 29 - 1:25 p.m.*
In this touching dramatic comedy, two students decide to study together to
prepare for the make-or-break final exam of the first year of medical
school. The competition is ruthless. Can their unlikely friendship survive
*OUR STRUGGLES (NOS BATAILLES)
*DRAMA - Saturday, June 29 - 3:40 p.m.*
Olivier (the spectacular Romain Duris) works long hours as a supervisor and
union leader in an Amazon-like warehouse, barely leaving any time to see
his wife and kids. Everyone around them seems to be in financial distress.
When it all becomes too much for Olivier’s wife, she disappears and leaves
him on his own to juggle their two children’s needs and his demanding job.
The sensitive *Our Struggles* is Belgian director Guillaume Senez’s second
feature. It won five Magritte Awards (Belgium Oscars) in 2019, including
Best Film and Best Director. MORE...
*IN THE MOVE FOR LOVE (L’AMOUR FLOU)
*COMEDY - Saturday, June 29 - 6:10 p.m. Followed by Q&A with director and
star Romane Bohringer.*
Romane and Philippe are splitting up after 10 years together. They are not
in love anymore, but they still love each other very much, so they come up
with the idea of a “separtment”: two separate apartments, connected by
their children’s bedroom. Is it possible to separate together? To break up,
without breaking everything? A feel-good, kindhearted, and often hilarious
comedy based on the drama of separation. MORE...
*DILILI IN PARIS (DILILI A PARIS)
*ANIMATION - Sunday, June 30 - 11:00 a.m.*
In this poetic animated feature, Dilili, an inquisitive and spirited Kanak
girl brought to France to be part of the 1900 Universal Exhibition,
investigates the disappearance of young girls in Belle Epoque Paris. The
animated characters are inserted into real-life Parisian landscapes in this
gorgeous film that was awarded the 2019 César for Best Animated Feature.
Dilili invites you to visit a Paris unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Come along! MORE...
*BREATH OF LIFE (L’ORDRE DES MEDECINS)
DRAMA - Sunday, June 30 - 1:20 p.m. **Presented in partnership with the
Sacramento Jewish Film Festival.*
* Followed by Q&A with director David Roux.*
Simon is the head of the respiratory unit in a hospital. Confronted with
death every day, he has learned to shield himself from emotional
involvement with his patients. When his own mother is hospitalized in
critical condition, Simon’s certainties and beliefs are shattered: how can
you be a good doctor if you can’t save the ones you love? *MORE...
*WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY REVOLUTION (TOUT CE QU’IL ME RESTE DE LA
*COMEDY - Sunday, June 30 - 4:10 p.m.*
In this playful and hilarious political comedy, Angèle, an idealistic urban
planner, is outraged by everything. She comes from a family of activists,
but only her father has remained faithful to Angèle’s ideals. Angry,
determined, impulsive, sometimes a little close-minded, but always
passionate, Angèle seeks out the answer to her question: what happened to
the revolution and its hopes to build a better world? MORE...
*CLOSING NIGHT*: *IN SAFE HANDS (PUPILLE)
*DRAMA - Sunday, June 30 - 6:30 p.m.*
*Followed by the CLOSING NIGHT BUBBLY PARTY! Featuring CHAMPAGNE, BEER &
DESSERT & LIVE MUSIC by THE JAZZ REPORT (included in ticket price).*
In this heartwarming and beautiful drama, a baby boy, temporarily named
Théo, is followed from his birth, when his mother gives him up for
adoption, to the moment when he is united with his adoptive mother.
Meanwhile, we simultaneously follow the path of Alice, who has been
fighting for a child for ten years. *In Safe Hands* tells the story of all
of the people who get Alice, 41, and Théo, three months old, to eventually
*TICKETS GO FROM $13 FOR A SINGLE SCREENING TO $90 FOR THE FULL FESTIVAL
*GO HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!*
• *OPENING NIGHT *( Friday, June 21, 2019 – Includes Film & Opening Party)
- $18 General Audience
- $17 Discount (Students & Seniors with ID; and members of the following
organizations: Alliance Française, Club Français, EFSac, Sacramento Jewish
PURCHASE OPENING NIGHT TICKETS HERE!
• *REGULAR SCREENINGS*
- $13 General Audience
- $12 Discount
PURCHASE SINGLE TICKETS HERE!
• *CLOSING NIGHT* (Sunday, June 30, 2019 – Includes Film & Closing Party)
- $18 General Audience
- $17 Discount
PURCHASE CLOSING NIGHT TICKETS HERE!
*PURCHASE PASSES IN ADVANCE HERE!*
We offer 3 different passes.
• *FIRST WEEKEND PASS* = $50
(Access to all screenings + Opening Party - valid June 21-23).
• *SECOND WEEKEND PASS* = $50
(Access to all film screenings + Closing Party - valid June 28-30).
• *TWO WEEKEND PASS* = $90
(Full Access to all screenings + Opening & Closing Parties - valid June
21-23 & 28-30)
FOR MORE INFO, REVIEWS & TRAILERS FOR EACH FILM; DETAILS ABOUT SPECIAL
EVENTS & GUESTS; LINKS TO PURCHASE TICKETS & PASSES IN ADVANCE, VISIT OUR
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*In Safe Hands* by Jeanne Herry - SFFF 2019 Closing Night
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