CONVICTION  (France | Belgium)

CONVICTION (France | Belgium)

Une intime conviction is based on a real-life case.  This French courtroom thriller brings together law professor Jacques Viguier (Laurent Lucas) a man accused of killing his wife and Nora, obsessed with proving his innocence.  As a juror at Jacques Viguier’s trial,...
OH MERCY!  (France)

OH MERCY! (France)

Based upon a true murder case where during a somber Christmas season, a French-Algerian detective is investigating the fatal strangulation of a poor, elderly woman in her apartment with suspicion falling on her next-door neighbors.  Starring Roschdy Zem and Léa...
MY DOG STUPID / Mon chien stupide (France & Belgium)

MY DOG STUPID / Mon chien stupide (France & Belgium)

MY DOG STUPID is based on the short story of the same name written by novelist John Fante published in 1985 and translated into French in 1987.. The film is a bitter sweet comedy about a middle-age couple, whose already poor marital bliss is being challenged by the...
PETER FALK VS COLUMBO  (France)

PETER FALK VS COLUMBO (France)

WEST COAST PREMIERE For many, he is above all the fluffy and at the same time ingenious investigator who transfers the powerful to their luxury villas in a crumpled trench coat. But Peter Falk not only embodied Inspector Columbo, but also worked as an actor with...
THE PERFECT NANNY / CHANSON DOUCE (France)

THE PERFECT NANNY / CHANSON DOUCE (France)

DFS members will receive an E-mail link on 6/6 to enable them to watch this film.   Leila Slimani’s critically acclaimed, international bestseller “The Perfect Nanny” — aka “Chanson Douce” — is on the big screen. The story follows Myriam, a lawyer who decides to...
DEERSKIN / LE DAIM showing with THE VILLA / LES GRACIUSES

DEERSKIN / LE DAIM showing with THE VILLA / LES GRACIUSES

DEERSKIN (LE DAIM) – 77 min Georges, 44 years old, and his vintage, fringed, deerskin jacket have a plan.  His obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.  French comedy film directed by Quentin Dupieux opened to...
SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE / DEUX MOI

SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE / DEUX MOI

SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (DEUX MOI) – 110 min Two lonely neighbors would be perfect for each other if only they could overcome their individual hang-ups and stop substituting computer screens for real connections.  She multiplies dates on social networks that lead nowhere...
IN SAFE HANDS / PUPILLE showing with UPSET BODY / CORPS CONTRARIE

IN SAFE HANDS / PUPILLE showing with UPSET BODY / CORPS CONTRARIE

IN SAFE HANDS (PUPILLE) – 110 min Jeanne Herry crafts a story stemming from a delicate two-and-a-half-month state of limbo for a newborn child, Théo, who becomes a ward of the state after his mother gives him up for adoption at birth. In Safe Hands choreographs...
LITTLE TICKLES / LES CHATOUILLES showing with LITTLE HANDS

LITTLE TICKLES / LES CHATOUILLES showing with LITTLE HANDS

LITTLE TICKLES (LES CHATOUILLES) – 103 min Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw.  Why should she distrust a friend of her parents’ who offers to “tickle” her?  Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was abused, and...
REMI, NOBODY’S BOY / REMI SANS FAMILLE

REMI, NOBODY’S BOY / REMI SANS FAMILLE

REMI, NOBODY’S BOY (REMI SANS FAMILLE) – 105 min This is the adaptation of Hector Malot’s French novel Sans famille (1878). The adventures of the young Rémi, an orphan, collected by the gentle Madam Barberin. At the age of 10 years, he is snatched from his...
THREE DAYS AND A LIFE / TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE

THREE DAYS AND A LIFE / TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE

THREE DAYS AND A LIFE (TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE) – 120 min Master crime writer Pierre Lemaitre’s own adaptation of his haunting novel.  It’s Christmas 1999, in a peaceful little village in the Ardennes.  The life of a young boy named Antoine will soon be...
THE ORCHESTRA CLASS   (France)

THE ORCHESTRA CLASS (France)

WEST COAST PREMIERE When violinist Simon Daoud is hired to teach the violin to a class of unruly junior high school students in an immigrant suburb of Paris, his first instinct is to run back to his rarefied world of classical string quartets.  His mission to teach...
SINK OR SWIM  (France/Belgium)

SINK OR SWIM (France/Belgium)

With buoyant energy, Gilles Lellouche choreographs and directs a stellar ensemble in pursuit of grace and discarded dreams—that is, a group of varyingly coordinated middle-aged men who find an outlet in synchronized swimming. Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric, soulful yet...
GASPARD AT THE WEDDING  (France/Belgium)

GASPARD AT THE WEDDING (France/Belgium)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Shortly after their chance meeting, Gaspard asks Laura if she will accompany him to his family home and pose as his girlfriend at his father’s second wedding. At this point, viewers will probably assume they’re dealing with a familiar and...
MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time.  Technically speaking this will be their honeymoon.  They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather,...
DYING FOR A CHILD  (France)

DYING FOR A CHILD (France)

US PREMIERE The body of Florence Varthy, daughter of a well-known entrepreneur, is found dead in her garage. Over the last few months, Florence and her partner, unable to have a child of their own, had faked her pregnancy and arranged for a surrogate mother, which is...
DEATH IN THE SOUL  (France)

DEATH IN THE SOUL (France)

A hideous crime, an even worse truth. Marc Lagnier confesses to the murder of his adored son, but refuses to explain. He’s guilty and that’s that: no need to look any further for a culprit. Tristan Delmas, an ambitious young lawyer, is appointed to defend...
ME AGAINST THE WORLD   (France)

ME AGAINST THE WORLD (France)

Unemployed Audrey is not a fighter. She lives alone with her 16 year-old-son, Enzo, a smart young boy in sport studies. One day he finds himself fighting for his life after taking a certain medication. While the doctors refuse to confirm the link between the drug and...
HER WORD AGAINST HIS  (France)

HER WORD AGAINST HIS (France)

Laura has a promising career as a young auctioneer, but her life looks set to fall apart when she’s the victim of a rape. The rapist is a well-known and respected gallery owner, and the assault takes place after a cocktail party. Laura knows it’s unlikely...
CHILDREN OF THE LIE /Un Mensonge Oublié  (France)

CHILDREN OF THE LIE /Un Mensonge Oublié (France)

A week before her wedding, Agathe Plichard, a pretty young woman of mixed race, is found drowned in the Creuse river. The police treat the case as an accident but her fiancé, Felix Bricourt, is convinced she was murdered. He decides to investigate by himself, despite...
RETURN OF THE HERO/LE RETOUR DU HEROS (France/Belgium)

RETURN OF THE HERO/LE RETOUR DU HEROS (France/Belgium)

France, 1809 and the dashing Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville has just become engaged to the young Pauline when he is called away to the front. He promises that he will write every day, but he does not. The impressionable Pauline hysterically falls ill with...
TAZZEKA    (Morocco/France) Showing with PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS

TAZZEKA (Morocco/France) Showing with PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him.  Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces...
DJAM   (France-Greece-Turkey) and WINK (USA)

DJAM (France-Greece-Turkey) and WINK (USA)

Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos, a former sailor with a passion for Rebetiko, to find a rare part that will repair their boat.  In Istanbul, she encounters Avril, a nineteen-year-old French girl, alone and without any money, who...
CATCH THE WIND   (France)

CATCH THE WIND (France)

Edith sees her life turned upside down when the factory where she has always worked is relocated to Tangiers, leaving the workers with a choice between unemployment and moving to Morocco to keep their jobs.  Estranged from her son and without any ties, Edith is the...
HOLY FAMILY   (France)

HOLY FAMILY (France)

U.S. PREMIERE   The story of a traditional Catholic family in northern France, part of society but subject to all its changes. A wealthy family with close ties to a church that is facing up to the modernizing approach of Pope Francis.  Madeleine de...

ROSALIE BLUM (France)

U.S. Premiere   Based on the award-winning series of graphic novels by Camille Jourdy, Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a warm, witty and impeccably performed comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and far-reaching...
ADVENTURES OF MAX & LEON   (France)

ADVENTURES OF MAX & LEON (France)

WEST COAST PREMIERE “Max & Leon is the first feature film from the stars of the French TV sensation The Palmashow: the creation of stand-up comedians Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais.  In this epic WW2 comedy—in the vein of La Grande Vadrouille (which was for 40...
THE COUNTRY DOCTOR  (France)

THE COUNTRY DOCTOR (France)

Southern California Premiere Rolling off HIPPOCRATES, doctor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Lilti delves once again into the medical world with THE COUNTRY DOCTOR. The social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”, “Tell No One’) as a devoted and revered countryside...
A KID  (France)

A KID (France)

CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mathieu, a Parisian, is 33, but he has never met his father. His late mother always told him that he was the result of a casual encounter. One day, Mathieu receives a call telling him that his father was Canadian, and that he had just passed away....
THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE  (France/Germany)

THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE (France/Germany)

COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Nathan Fabre, a young Catholic teacher, while working on his thesis about French resistance to the Nazis during World War II, discovers a photograph of a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp whose resemblance to his father is uncanny....
SUMMERTIME  (France) Co-Sponsor w/Cinema Diverse

SUMMERTIME (France) Co-Sponsor w/Cinema Diverse

COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Sensual and elegant, Catherine Corsini’s SUMMERTIME follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France.  After living in the city, Delphine is called home to help with her family...
MY KING / MON ROI   (France)

MY KING / MON ROI (France)

PREVIEW Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot, in a performance that won her the Best Actress Award at Cannes) and Georgio (Vincent Cassel) are an odd match—or so Tony’s brother Solal (Louis Garrel) thinks when she tells him that they’re falling quickly, recklessly in love. ...
L’AFFAIRE SK1 (France)

L’AFFAIRE SK1 (France)

WEST COAST PREMIERE One of the most shocking events of the last two decades of the 20th century. SK1 is French police slang for “Serial Killer 1,” the codename given in the 1990s to a rapist and murderer who preyed on young women in Paris.  Nicknamed “The Beast of...
YELLOW EYES OF THE CROCODILES  (France)

YELLOW EYES OF THE CROCODILES (France)

COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Directed by Cécile TELERMAN Synopsis Based on the runaway bestseller, Katherine Pancol’s novel The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles – Editions Albin Michel. When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his...