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The Fairy (w English Subtitles)

Directed by Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, and Dominique Abel
Year: 2011
Running Time: 94 minutes
Country: France
Language: French w English Subtitles

Filled with a colorful cast of supporting characters and a number of gracefully executed dance sequences, THE FAIRY is a whimsical tale about the happiness that can be squeezed out of even the most mundane of lives.

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Directed by Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy and Dominique Abel

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The Fairy (no subtitles)

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The Fairy (no subtitles)

Directed by Bruno Romy, Dominique Abel, and Fiona Gordon
Year: 2011
Running Time: 94 minutes
Country: Belgium, France
Language: French with English subtitles

Dom works as a night clerk at a small hotel in the industrial port city of Le Havre. One night, a strangely dressed woman named Fiona arrives and claims she is a fairy. She grants Dom three wishes, and makes his first two wishes come true before mysteriously vanishing. By now, Dom has fallen in love with Fiona, and he proceeds to embark on a search for his elusive fairy. The third feature film by the gifted trio of physical comedians Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy, THE FAIRY presents a series of slapstick set pieces which hark back to the work of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati.

Filled with a colorful cast of supporting characters and a number of gracefully executed dance sequences, THE FAIRY is a whimsical tale about the happiness that can be squeezed out of even the most mundane of lives.

"Deliriously droll...a steady stream of laughs." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"Funny and sweet!" - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Effervescent, delirious and delightful...thoroughly recommended! - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com


Cast
The Flying Man Didier Armbruster
Bartender Bruno Romy
Dom Dominique Abel
Fiona Fiona Gordon

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Directed by Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy and Dominique Abel
Writers Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel and Bruno Romy
Produced by Marina Festré (Executive)
Cinematographer Claire Chidéric
Art Director Nicolas Girault

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Slack Bay

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Slack Bay

Directed by Bruno Dumont
Year: 2017
Running Time: 122 minutes
Country: France, Germany
Language: French with English subtitiles

The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family—among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque SLACK BAY. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.

“Spirited and often gorgeous.”



“Movies like Slack Bay justify the existence of the movies as a medium."


“Binoche’s unbridled turn is tremendous fun to watch.”


"The boldest and freest of recent genre mashups. Raises conflicts of class, character, and gender into off-kilter legend."


"A work of madcap inspiration."


"Completely off the wall."


"Sublimely deranged."


"Suggests Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by way of Godard’s Weekend... Dumont's most polished work."


"Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in absinthe."


Cast
Juliette Binoche
Fabrice Luchini
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

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Directed by Bruno Dumont

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A Faithful Man

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A Faithful Man

Directed by Louis Garrel
Year: 2019
Running Time: 75 minutes
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta). It seems to be a beautiful new beginning, but soon the hapless Abel finds himself embroiled in all sorts of drama: the come-ons of a wily jeune femme (Lily-Rose Depp), the machinations of Marianne’s morbid young son (Joseph Engel), and some unsavory questions about what exactly happened to his girlfriend’s first husband. Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave.

“Steeped in New Wave lore… capturing [Paris] in a late-60s time warp, with pairs of ravishing lovers roaming the streets.”


“Dramatically dazzling. Taps into the French New Wave while attributing the lion’s share of the relationship power not to a man, but to a woman.”


“It can’t be overstated the simple pleasures of something that’s genuine but never cringe-inducing, and light but never sugary.”


“A pleasant confection. Playfully ruminates on how matters of the heart consume people.”


“As delicate and delightful as a well-whipped meringue: light, fluffy, sweet and delectable.”


Cast
Laetitia Casta
Lily-Rose Depp
Louis Garrel

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Directed by Louis Garrel

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Diplomacy

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Diplomacy

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Year: 2014
Running Time: 85 minutes
Country: France, Germany
Language: French, German

“PASSIONATE, ENGAGING AND EMOTIONAL... A fine return to form for the veteran German helmer... An elegant orchestrated pas de deux between formidable opponents.”
—Scott Foundas, VARIETY

THE BEST FOREIGN FILM OF 2014
—AARP MAGAZINE MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS AWARDS

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved 'City of Light'.

FASCINATING... [Schlöndorff’s] precise, restless camera creates a feeling of claustrophobic suspense as the plot races against the clock.


Flawless... provocative and thoughtful... never ceases to compel.


A LOVE STORY ABOUT PARIS. An alluring story, beautifully dramatized and acted.


Well-orchestrated and superbly acted.


4 OUT OF 4 STARS. GRIPPING AND EXTREMELY SATISFYING... Keeps up the suspense and pulls off surprises.


FASCINATING.


STUNNING!


Passionate, engaging and emotional... A fine return to form for the veteran German helmer (The Tin Drum)... An elegant orchestrated pas de deux between formidable opponents.


Filled with twists, turns and underhanded schemes that show how history sometimes lies in the hands of a selected few, not to mention a good glass of Chardonnay… One thrilling verbal duel after another.


In late August 1944, more than two months after D-Day, the Allies were marching toward Paris. With the liberation of the City of Light imminent, Hitler hands down an order: destroy it, starting with the bridges across the Seine, then the Louvre, and go from there. If Berlin is a wasteland, so too will be Paris. But a Swedish diplomat, Raoul Nordling (Andre Dussollier, “Amelie”), puts forth an all-night lobbying effort with the general in charge, von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup, “War Horse,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), to try to get him to disobey Hitler’s order. Based on official reports, which were the source of an award-winning play, the great Volker Schlondorff (“The Tin Drum”) has crafted a modern-day “Grand Illusion” — a fascinating moral debate about war, by men who have their orders.


PACED LIKE A THRILLER...INCREDIBLE CAST... The two lead actors, André Dussollier and Niels Arestrup, are just two of the greatest actors in their country.


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Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

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The Trouble With You

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The Trouble With You

Directed by Pierre Salvadori
Year: 2019
Running Time: 107 minutes
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles

In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne (Adèle Haenel) is the widow of police chief Santi, a local hero idolized by their young son. When she realizes her husband was not the model of virtue she believed him to be and that an innocent man, Antoine, has spent eight years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, her world is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help the young man get back to his life and his wife (Audrey Tautou). Everything, that is, except exposing the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life after prison and soon blows a fuse, leading to a spectacular sequence of events.

Cast
Pio Marmaï
Adèle Haenel
Damien Bonnard
Vincent Elbaz
Audrey Tautou

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Directed by Pierre Salvadori

FIAF CinéSalon: May 5 – June 1, 2020

New film available every Tuesday in May to stream for free till June 1.

Priority access for FIAF Members for the first 48 hours. 

A major highlight of FIAF membership isCinéSalon, free French films and wine receptions that we offer every Tuesday in Florence Gould Hall. In celebration of May Members Month, FIAF will offer Virtual CinéSalon for free to members and non-members alike, offering streams of recent films selected by curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez from Kino Lorber’s esteemed collection(instead of vault).

Chosen to be entertaining and fun as we ease out of confinement, these five films will be accompanied by video introductions from experts and special live Q&As with surprise guests!

May 5-June 1: The Trouble with You(Pierre Salvadori, 2018)

May 12-June 1: Diplomacy(Volker Schlöndorff, 2013)

May 19-June 1: A Faithful Man(Louis Garrel, 2018)

May 19-June 1: Slack Bay(Bruno Dumont, 2016)

May 26-June 1: The Fairy(Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, 2011)

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The first time you open it, it may take an extended time for the app to load. You will be prompted with a code.
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This is a private showing of the film and is hidden from general view. To watch the film please access "My Library" on top of the page. Enjoy the film for five days from the time of purchase.

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