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ERNEST & CELESTINE

French-language voice cast:

English-language voice cast:

SYNOPSIS
This utterly charming animated film about interspecies friendship, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, and Benjamin Renner, is based on a series of children’s books by the Belgian author-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent (1929–2000). In an unnamed French city, two different realms of sworn enemies exist: Above ground live bears; below it reside mice. Celestine, a wee mouse orphan who is being trained for a career in dentistry but dreams of being an artist instead, meets a kindred spirit in adult Ernest, an ursine musician whom she convinces not to eat her. The seal their bond by breaking into a candy store together and soon find themselves on the lam from those who are appalled by their amity. These unlikely friends set up their own home in the woods, delighting in both their similarities and differences. The detailed, warm, hand-drawn animation emphasizes the tender companionship between a mouse who loves to sketch and a bear who is happiest when playing a violin.

From its inventive visuals to its unruly heroes, Ernest & Celestine is an equal pleasure for children and adults. A modern-day period piece, a fabulous fable, a most fortunate use of animation artistry!
—LA Times

Advances the art of animation without seeming to try!
—Wall Street Journal

DIRECTOR
Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

SCREENPLAY
Daniel Pennac

CAST
French-language voice cast: Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Anne-Marie Loop, Patrice Melennec, Brigitte Virtudes, Léonard Louf, Dominique Maurin, Yann Lemadic.
or
English-language voice cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright.

AWARDS
Best Animated Film – César Awards (2013); Official Selection – Academy Awards (2014)

GENRE Animation
LANGUAGE French or English
RUNNING TIME 80 min
PRODUCTION France, 2012
RATING PG
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Gkids

PRICE RANGE*
$300

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GRIGRIS

SYNOPSIS
Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who was born in Chad in 1961 but has lived in France since 1982, has returned to his native country time and again to tell indelible stories played out against the near-constant civil war and economic hardship that have racked this former French colony for decades. His latest film blazingly opens at a disco in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, where Souleymane (Souleymane Deme)—nicknamed “Grigris”—dazzles the crowd with his spectacular dance moves. His adoring fans don’t seem to mind this lithe man’s paralyzed leg, particularly Mimi (Anais Monory), a prostitute who recognizes a kindred soul in this exuberant but marginalized dancer: Grigris’s physical disability has made him all but a pariah outside the world of nightclubs, relegated to only the most menial jobs. In an act of desperation, Grigris, who has vowed to pay his gravely ill stepfather’s exorbitant hospital bill, joins an illegal gas-smuggling operation, setting off a chain of events that lead him to escape the city, with Mimi in tow, in fear for his life. Finding shelter in a rural village, these two outcasts are soon astonished to discover how far their hosts will go to protect them.

An engaging tale of quiet desperation…
—Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

SCREENPLAY
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

CAST
Grigris: Souleymane Démé
Mimi: Anaïs Monory

AWARDS
Vulcan Award for Technical Achievement – Cannes Film Festival (2013)

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE Arabic, French
RUNNING TIME 101 min
PRODUCTION France and Chad, 2013
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement

PRICE RANGE*
$350 to $450

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2 AUTOMNES, 3 HIVERS / 2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS

SYNOPSIS
Sébastien Betbeder’s wry, touching Paris-set romantic comedy explores the hopes and anxieties of characters trying to settle into adulthood. As part of his regimen of self-improvement, aimless 33-year-old Arman (Vincent Macaigne) takes up jogging; while doing laps one day, he bumps into fellow fitness enthusiast Amélie (Maud Wyler). After several unsuccessful attempts to reconnect with her, Arman reunites with Amélie in quite a dramatic way: by saving her from muggers—an act of heroism that lands him in the hospital and that makes Amélie fall in love with him. As these two begin their relationship, Arman’s best friend from art school, Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon), suffers a health crisis of his own; during his convalescence, he begins a romance with his physical therapist, Katia (Audrey Bastien). Divided into several small chapters spanning the seasons of the title, Sébastien Betbeder’s film often pauses for the leads to directly address the camera, their first-person disquisitions further fleshing out the characters’ memories, fears, and desires. Evoking the spirit of the Nouvelle Vague, 2 Autumns, 3 Winters is above all a paean to real, face-to-face connection in an increasingly isolating virtual world.

A quirky French indie…filled with oodles of visual flourishes.
—Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

2 Autumns, 3 Winters is the palpable love of cinema on display!
—Craig Williams, Cinevue

DIRECTOR
Sébastien Betbeder

SCREENPLAY
Sébastien Betbeder

CAST
Arman: Vincent Macaigne
Amélie: Maude Wyler
Benjamin: Bastien Bouillon
Katia: Audrey Bastien

AWARDS
Cannes Film Festival – ACID (Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema)

GENRE Drama/Comedy
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 93 min
PRODUCTION France, 2013
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement

PRICE RANGE*
$350 to $450

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L’ATTENTAT / THE ATTACK

SYNOPSIS
A skillful examination of the personal and the political, Ziad Doueiri’s film tracks the growing disillusion of Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman), a highly successful Palestinian surgeon who lives and works in Tel Aviv. Greatly admired by his Jewish colleagues, Amin feels that his place in Israeli society is even more secure after he’s awarded a coveted medical prize—the first given to an Arab in more than four decades. Missing in the audience during the awards ceremony, though, is Amin’s beloved wife, Siham (Reymonde Amselem). She will be among the dozen mangled corpses, many of them children, whose tiny, broken bodies Amin will valiantly struggle to save at the hospital where he works, left in the wake of a suicide bombing the next day. After the physician is told by Israeli police that Siham was likely the jihadist responsible for the carnage, his incredulousness turns into overwhelming guilt. Driven to find answers, Amin must confront the brutal realities of his marriage and his own complacency.

Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.
—Peter Keough, Boston Globe

DIRECTOR
Ziad Doueiri

SCREENPLAY
Ziad Doueriri, Joelle Touma, based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra

CAST
Amin: Ali Suliman
Adel: Karim Saleh
Sihem: Reymond Amsalem
Captain Moshe: Uri Gavriel

AWARDS
Etoile d’Or/Grand Prix – Festival International du Film de Marakech (2012); Critics Special Prize, Audience Award, and Coming Soon Award – City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) French Film Festival (2013)

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE Arabic, Hebrew
RUNNING TIME 102 min
PRODUCTION France, Belgium, 2013
RATING R
FORMAT(S) 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Swank Motion Pictures

PRICE RANGE*
$350

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DANS LA MAISON / IN THE HOUSE

SYNOPSIS
Liberally adapted from Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row, François Ozon’s piquant and playful In the House marks a return to the anarchic adolescent protagonists of the director’s early films, such as Criminal Lovers (1999), whose uncontrollable desires are inextricably linked with destruction and mayhem. Sixteen-year-old Claude (Ernst Umhauer) stirs the interest of his literature teacher, Germain (Fabrice Luchini), who’s perilously close to pedagogical burnout, with a well-crafted essay for a prosaic assignment about “My Last Weekend.” Claude details a Saturday spent helping a classmate with his math homework at his pal’s home; the budding wordsmith is intrigued by his friend’s close-knit family, particularly his mother (Emmanuelle Seigner). Germain, a failed writer whose sole novel was published twenty years ago, begins meeting with Claude after class, critiquing the boy’s further chapters about his infiltration of his schoolmate’s snug fortress. These ongoing installments Germain eagerly shares with his gallerist wife, Jeanne (Kristin Scott Thomas). In this sharp inquiry into the power of narrative, Ozon brings up a number of fascinating topics: what it means to be an artist and, perhaps more important, what it means to be an audience.

The seductions of storytelling drive In the House, a cleverly structured comic thriller rich with narrative trickery and macabre humor.
—Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

DIRECTOR
François Ozon

SCREENPLAY
Juan Mayorga, François Ozon, adapted from Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row

CAST
Germain: Fabrice Luchini
Caude: Ernst Umhauer
Jeanne: Kristin Scott Thomas
Esther: Emmanuelle Seigner
Rapha: Bastien Ughetto

AWARDS
International Critics’ Prize – Toronto International Film Festival (2012); Critics Special Mention – City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) French Film Festival (2013)

GENRE Comedy/Drama/Mystery
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 105 min
PRODUCTION France, 2012
RATING R
FORMAT(S) 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Swank Motion Pictures

PRICE RANGE*
$350

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LE DERNIER DES INJUSTES / THE LAST OF THE UNJUST

SYNOPSIS
Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary, Shoah—the most monumental record about the Holocaust ever produced—is, above all, an act of bearing witness. In researching his epic work, Lanzmann spent many hours in 1975 in Rome interviewing Benjamin Murmelstein, who was at the time the only surviving president of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt death camp during World War II. These conversations never made it into Shoah but they are here presented with current-day footage of Lanzmann, now in his late eighties, as he walks through Theresienstadt (and other sites of Nazi atrocity) and explains the particular horrors of what happened there. The ghetto, roughly 40 miles outside Prague, served not only as a transit point for Jews before they were shipped to extermination camps but also as a “model Jewish settlement,” a propaganda ploy to convince international organizations that Nazis were treating Jews fairly. Murmelstein is asked by Lanzmann to address, among many other accusations, the charge that he was a Nazi collaborator. His answers are eloquent but evasive; Murmelstein beguiles the director by describing himself as a “marionette that had to pull its own strings.” In this essential document about reckoning with the past, Lanzmann shows that some contradictions are impossible to explain away.

Fascinating and Impressive…The Last of the Unjust is the portrait of an individual whose actions still defy comprehension, and the self-portrait of an artist consumed by the past.
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A historic film.
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

DIRECTOR
Claude Lanzmann

SCREENPLAY
Claude Lanzmann

CAST
Claude Lanzmann
Benjamin Murmelstein

AWARDS
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival (2013), and César Awards (2014)

GENRE Documentary
LANGUAGE English, French, German
RUNNING TIME 218 min
PRODUCTION France, Austria, 2013
RATING PG-13
FORMAT(S) 35mm or DCP

DISTRIBUTOR
Swank Motion Pictures

PRICE RANGE*
$350

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ELLE S’EN VA / ON MY WAY

SYNOPSIS
Emmanuelle Bercot’s delightful film was written expressly for Catherine Deneuve, who has rarely appeared as loose and vibrant as she does here. The iconic actress plays Bettie, a former beauty queen partial to subdued leopard-print blouses. Crowned Miss Brittany in 1969, she’s never left the region, running a bistro and living in the house she was born in with her mother. Shortly after learning that her longtime married lover has taken up with a 25-year-old, Bettie walks out during the middle of the lunch rush, her head-clearing getaway soon turning into a nearly weeklong road trip through deepest rural France. Bettie’s desultory travels—involving pit stops in flyspeck towns where an ancient farmer hand-rolls her a cigarette—account for much of the film’s easy charm. These scenes, which pair the most famous Frenchwoman in the world with nonprofessional actors, effervesce with their unpredictability, showing off Deneuve’s nimble give-and-take with these game first-timers. But the most exhilarating duet occurs between Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman (Bercot’s son), playing Bettie’s grandson, Charly, a melodramatic tween who belts out show tunes. Neophyte Schiffman’s formidable energy gooses his fluid dynamic with Deneuve while never overshadowing his luminary costar.

Catherine Deneuve casts an alluring spell in On My Way.
—NY Post

DIRECTOR
Emanuelle Bercot

SCREENPLAY
Emmanuelle Bercot, Jérôme Tonnerre

CAST
Bettie: Catherine Deneuve
Charly: Nemo Schiffman
Alain: Gérard Garouste

AWARDS
Official Selection – Berlinale (2013), César Awards (2014)

GENRE Comedy/Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 113 min
PRODUCTION France, 2013
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) 35mm or DCP

DISTRIBUTOR
Swank Motion Pictures

PRICE RANGE*
$350

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LE COUSIN JULES / COUSIN JULES

SYNOPSIS
After winning a prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973, Dominique Benicheti’s magnificent documentary about the quotidian rhythms of an elderly couple in rural Burgundy unjustly remained without US distribution for 40 years. Filmed over a five-year period—and shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo—this immersive portrait follows Jules Guiteaux (a distant relative of the director’s) and his wife, Félicie, as they go about their formidable tasks. Jules, a blacksmith, is shown hammering out hinges and other implements as his wife tends to their vegetable garden and prepares meals and midmorning coffee. Benicheti, working with cinematographers Pierre William Glenn and Paul Launay, patiently observes these labor-intensive chores, daily rituals that are attended to with utmost precision and grace—and that are never less than transfixing to watch. Although Jules and Félicie, both born in 1891, rarely speak in the film, their silence conveys the deep intimacy of spouses who have spent six decades together. Without Félicie, who died while the project was still being assembled, the second half of Cousin Jules becomes a testament to the title character’s quiet, noble resilience.

Absolutely beautiful. A stunning film.
—LA Times

Ravishing. An exceptional and unique cinematic experience.
—Film Quarterly

DIRECTOR
Dominique Benicheti

SCREENPLAY
Dominique Benicheti

CAST
Jules Guitteaux
Felicie Guitteaux

AWARDS
Jury Prize – Locarno Film Festival (1973)

GENRE Documentary
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 91 min
PRODUCTION France, 1973 & 2013
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Cinema Guild

PRICE RANGE*
$350 to $450 pending format

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A PERDRE LA RAISON / OUR CHILDREN

SYNOPSIS
Joachim Lafosse’s riveting, unsparing look at desperation opens with an indelible image: a woman sobbing from a hospital bed followed by four tiny coffins being loaded onto a plane. After that harrowing first scene, Our Children, which was inspired by an actual infanticide case in Belgium, flashes back to a happier time for that distraught woman, Murielle (Émilie Dequenne), now seen in a passionate embrace with her husband-to-be, Mounir (Tahar Rahim). Shortly after they wed, the financially struggling yet blissfully enamored couple moves into the home of André (Niels Arestrup), a well-regarded doctor who’s long been a father figure for Mounir. The physician’s generosity, however, is soon revealed to be a pretext for wielding control over the young husband and wife—a dynamic to which Mounir willingly complies but one that leaves Murielle feeling ever more isolated and claustrophobic. Made to feel like an intruder by the domineering, possessive André, who is quick to align Mounir against his overwhelmed spouse, Murielle falls into even deeper despondency after giving birth to four children in quick succession. Lafosse makes viewers understand the circumstances behind the heinous act that Murielle commits, yet his clear-eyed empathy never diminishes the crime’s horror.

With Our Children, Joachim Lafosse seems hellbent on avoiding any hint of sensationalism.
—Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine

DIRECTOR
Joachim Lafosse

SCREENPLAY
Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert, Thomas Bidegain

CAST
André Pinget: Niels Arestrup
Mounir: Tahar Rahim
Murielle: Emilie Dequenne

AWARDS
Best Actress – Un certain regard, Emilie Dequenne – Cannes Film Festival (2012)

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE Arabic, French
RUNNING TIME 111 min
PRODUCTION Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, 2012
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) DCP and Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
DistriB Films

PRICE RANGE*
$350 to $500 pending format and venue size

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JIMMY P

SYNOPSIS
An absorbing, compassionate examination of a real-life relationship between a psychoanalyst and his patient, Arnaud Desplechin’s film is set in 1948 at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. It is there that James Picard (Benicio Del Toro), a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran, has sought treatment for his paralyzing headaches and catatonic episodes. When the ex-soldier’s brain tests show no abnormalities, the hospital staff decides to summon Georges Devereux (Mathieu Amalric), a French anthropologist and psychoanalyst with extensive knowledge of Native American tribes in the southwest. As Devereux begins his talk therapy with Picard, we witness the extraordinary process of an ill man determined to uncover the source of his distress. Responding to Devereux’s spirited yet forbearing prompting, Picard, taciturn at first, digs deeper and deeper into his past, the roots of his psychic torment glimpsed through dream sequences and flashbacks. Refusing to offer tidy solutions to mental anguish, Jimmy P. is nonetheless a hopeful film, one that reminds us of the tremendous amount of good that can be accomplished by a doctor willing to listen and a patient committed to confronting painful, long-repressed memories.

Marvelous. Poignant. Extraordinarily idiosyncratic. The best and most moving case for psychoanalysis ever dramatized on film.
—Amy Taubin, Film Comment

DIRECTOR
Arnaud Desplechin

SCREENPLAY
Arnaud Desplechin, Kent Jones, Julie Peyr

CAST
Jimmy Picard: Benecio Del Toro
Georges Devereux: Mathieu Amalric

AWARDS
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) French Film Festival (2013), César Awards (2014)

GENRE Drama/Biopic
LANGUAGE English, French
RUNNING TIME 117 min
PRODUCTION France, U.S., 2013
RATING Unrated
FORMAT(S) DCP, Blu-ray, and DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films

PRICE RANGE*
$350 to $500 pending format

*Fees for screening rights are negotiable and may depend on: format, size of screening room, whether admission will be charged, etc. Check with each distributor and make sure to mention your participation in Tournées in your negotiation.