The J’adore section of films, presented by TV5Monde and in cooperation with Alliance Francaise de Denver, pulls together the best French-language films of the year from France, Belgium and Quebec. Some of the world’s great directors, including Agnes Varda, Denis Cote and Arnaud Desplechin have films in this year’s section.
Marseilles makes a fittingly edgy backdrop for this French drama of first love careening toward danger. When a shy girl starts hanging out with the cool kids down by the shore, she delights in discovering lives so different from her own. Then the harsh realities of race and class begin to intrude.
This dramatic biopic explores a remarkable year in the life of jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt—when he defied Nazi orders and fled to the Swiss border, joining other refugees from the Holocaust. Even as his music exhilarates, his plight raises questions about artists’ moral obligation to society.
At 89, French New Wave auteur Agnès Varda teamed up with acclaimed 33-year-old photographer JR to co-direct this enchanting documentary-meets-road movie. Traveling around France in JR’s truck to capture
the locals they meet along the way, they reveal the humanity in their subjects—and themselves.
Félicité’s life is upended when her son is badly injured in an accident. Needing money to save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa in Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’s fierce, music-filled drama, winner of the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale.
Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard star in this meta–romantic thriller from France about a filmmaker caught in a triangle between his current love and a woman from his past—who happens to have been presumed dead for 20 years.
As World War I rages across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's account of the real-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour.
In this stylishly lurid neo-Western set on the sun-drenched Mediterranean by cult directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears), a trunkload of stolen gold serves as the catalyst for a showdown between thieves, cops and anyone caught in the crossfire.
From renowned French director Claire Denis comes this unconventional, moody and wistful romantic comedy starring Juliette Binoche as a recently divorced, 50-something Parisian artist looking for love in all the wrong places.
While on layover in Paris, a lonely American flight attendant has a rendezvous with a seedy nightclub bartender and becomes tangled in a web of confusion, masochism & unrequited amour fou in this homage to the erotic dramas of 1970s Europe from returning fest guest Nathan Silver.
An unwanted pregnancy and the imminent prospect of an arranged marriage are just two of the challenges that confront Zahira, a young Muslim woman trapped between family tradition and modern life. At once a subtle, sensitive coming-of-age story and a penetrating social drama based on actual events.