Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Running time 100 minutes, France, 2011.
With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman...
Opening November 25 at Paris Theater.
A silent film shot entirely in black and white, the film follows dashing 1920s silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin). At one of his movie premieres George meets Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), a beautiful young actress with dreams of stardom. With the arrival of talkies, George’s career starts to fade, while Peppy’s star begins to rise.
House of Pleasures
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
Directed by Bertrand Bonello
Running time 122 minutes, France, 2011.
With Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette and Jasmine Trinca.
Opening November 25 at IFC Center.
In this lush, atmospheric look at the final days of an elegant, turn-of-the-century brothel, we go inside the cloistered walls of L’Apollonide to meet the Madam, her elite clientele, and some dozen “girls” — veterans and newcomers, romantics and cynics, schemers and innocents.
Directed by Xavier Durringer
Running time 105 minutes, France, 2011.
With Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel and Bernard Le Coq.
"The Conquest" chronicles Sarkozy’s rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involving the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered his ultimate ambition, his wife, who for twenty years had struggled to pull the man she loved from the shadow into the light, walked out on him for another man.
Based on the international best seller by Tatiana De Rosnay, SARAH'S KEY stars Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas as Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, who is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel d’Hiv round up in 1942 Paris, when the French police went door-to-door arresting Jewish families. As Julia researches for her article, she stumbles upon a family secret which will links her to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah.
Gainsbourg : A Heroic Life
Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Directed by Joann Sfar
Running time 130 minutes, France, 2010.
With Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta.
The film is based on Sfar’s best-selling graphic novel and follows the singer, born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar, and through his relationships with the many women in his life including Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, and Jane Birkin. Gainsbourg was as famous for his decadent life, fin-de-siecle aesthetic, and cynical wit as for his clever lyrics and musical genius, which went through several reinventions.
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Running time 84 minutes, France, 2011.
With Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana and Jeanne Disson
A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her boy haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light to this drama of childhood gender confusion.