Film Programs

J'adore

For the past 11 years, the Denver Film, in cooperation with the Alliance Francaise de Denver, has presented a monthly series called J’adore CineClub; three years ago we began Festinema, an annual spring showcase of French films for students. All J'adore programming is presented by TV5MONDE.

Genesis
Canada 2018 129 min.

Loss of innocence is at the heart of this spare yet wrenching coming-of-age drama from Québécois filmmaker Philippe Lesage about four teenagers discovering who they are through the exploration of who, and how, they love.

Ghost Town Anthology
Canada 2019 97 min.

Frequent fest guest Denis Côté returns to the DFF with this quietly haunting tale of a rural French-Canadian village in which the living and the dead face off, asking by their very presence the same profound question of one another: Why are you still here?

Oh Mercy!
France 2019 119 min.

This riveting crime procedural is set in the gritty town of Roubaix, France, where immigrants, addicts, and derelicts clash with each other and with the cops—including police chief Daoud and his rookie partner, who are investigating a pair of women tied to a murder.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
France 2019 119 min.

French writer/director Céline Sciamma won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this affecting, elegantly subversive period romance set in the 18th century, which follows artist Marianne on a delicate assignment: painting the wedding portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Héloïse.

Sibyl
France 2019 100 min.

Sibyl is eyeing a career change from psychotherapist to novelist, but her muse is elusive. Enter untethered new patient Margot, an irresistible source of inspiration. This darkly funny French drama follows Sibyl as she grows increasingly obsessed with—and entangled in—Margot’s chaotic life.

Stars by the Pound
France 2018 88 min.

Lonely Lois is just 16, but her dream of becoming an astronaut has already been stymied due to her weight: over 200 pounds. When her despair lands her in a hospital ward with three equally damaged girls, she finds her tribe for the first time in this slyly poignant coming-of-age drama from France.

Synonyms
France 2019 123 min.

Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale, this complex, multilayered drama follows Yoav, a young Israeli soldier determined not merely to leave his homeland but to excise all traces of it from his psyche as he starts a new life in France.

The Truth
France 2019 106 min.

Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in the latest from acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, DFF41) about a legendary French actress who may or may not regret putting career before family all her life. This sweet-and-sour drama is classic Kore-eda.

Varda by Agnès
France 2019 115 min.

The late great Nouvelle Vague pioneer Agnès Varda was an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. This documentary invites you to join her on a retrospective journey through her unconventional oeuvre. It’s an honor.

Young Ahmed
Belgium 2019 90 min.

Renowned Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne won the Best Director award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for this complex, engrossing drama about a young Muslim teen on a road to radicalization that seems to have no off-ramp.

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