The Institut Français in India and the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with the Alliance Française of Madras
French Film Festival @ The Alliance Française of Madras
At the Edouard Michelin Auditorium
Passes available at the reception of Alliance Française of Madras
24th February| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
At the age of 33, Arman decides it’s time to change his life. To begin, one Saturday he goes jogging in a park. As he turns a corner, he bumps into Amélie. The first meeting is a shock ; the second will be like a stab in the heart. Benjamin is Arman’s best friend. One evening he collapses and falls over into a hedgegrow. Doctors diagnose a stroke. Between two autumns and three winters, the lives of Amélie, Arman and Benjamin intermingle and are filled with meetings, accidents, love stories and memories.
25th February| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
Things quickly escalate when Laetitia begins live coverage in front of the mobbed Socialist Party headquarters on the Rue Solferino, only to learn that Vincent has finagled his way into her apartment, bearing gifts and bad vibes. Soon enough, the sitter, the kids and Vincent all wind up caught in the chaotic election crowd as the results come in and hell breaks loose, resulting in a nasty battle that starts in the streets until eventually finding its way chez Laetitia, where the two parents verbally (and sometimes physically) duke it out into the wee hours of the night.
Grand Central |Dir.: Rebecca Zlotowski
26th February| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhone. Inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles and veteran Toni, Gary discovers that radiation contamination is not just a risk factor but an everyday hazard. At the same time, he begins an illicit affair with Karole, the fiancée of Toni.
27th February| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
A 30-year-old man lives with a woman in a small, furnished, rented apartment. It’s a love story. The man has a daughter by a woman he walked out on. He sees the child of course, but the woman lives alone with her and has to work to feed her because the man gives her nothing. The man is very poor and he is an actor. A theater actor. And now he is madly in love with this other woman, who is also an actress.
Attila Marcel|Dir.: Sylvain Chomet
28th February| 2:00pm
Paul is a sweet man-child, raised – and smothered – by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. (He does express himself through colorful suits that would challenge any Wes Anderson character in nerd chic.) Paul’s aunts have only one dream for him: to win piano competitions. Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions of his upstairs neighbor.
28th February| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
Yacine is a veternarian in Palestine’s only remaining zoo. His ten-year-old son Ziad spends a lot of time with the animals and has a strong bond with the zoo’s two giraffes. One night, after an air raid on the city, the male giraffe dies. The female giraffe can’t survive alone and starts to slowly let itself die. Yacine must absolutely find a new companion for the beast, but the only zoo that can help him is in Tel Aviv.
Jappeloup|Dir.: Christian Duguay
1st March| 4:30pm and 7:00pm
At the start of the 1980s, Pierre Durand abandoned a promising legal career and threw himself into his true passion, showjumpin g. With his fathers backing, he gambled everything on a young horse who no one else had any faith in: Jappeloup. Too small, too stubborn, too impetuous, he had many faults, but nonetheless had a remarkable jumping ab ility. From competition to competition, the pair improved and began to make their mark on the showjumping world. But the Los Angeles Olympic Games were a disaster for them, and Pierre had to face up to his shortcom ings. With the help of his wife Nadia and groom Raphaëlle, Pierre regained Jap peloups confidence and built a relationship that took them to victory in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.