Burning Bright :
New French Filmmakers

CinéSalon Series
Tuesdays, May 7–June 25, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers, an annual highlight of FIAF’s popular CinéSalon series, returns Tuesdays from May 7 to June 25 with recent noteworthy films by nine exciting filmmakers, including seven US and NY premieres.

This spring, Burning Bright will reveal the creativity and innovation of French cinema today with poignant coming of age tales told through vibrant new voices, fascinating fusions of genres such as documentary and musical theater, and many instances that blur reality and fiction in urgent ways.

Film Schedule

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Love Blooms

US Premiere
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm

Q&A with director Michaël Dacheux after 7:30pm screening
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

25-year-old Martin arrives in Paris from the provinces to try to reunite with his first love Léa. In following this classic Balzac theme of provincials in the capital, Michaël Dacheux takes an affectionate, delicate view of their respective trajectories.

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Gaspard at the Wedding

NY Premiere
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm

Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Shortly after their chance meeting, Gaspard asks Laura to accompany him to his family home and pose as his girlfriend at his father’s wedding. The family home in question is a working zoo, complete with tigers, monkeys, and two-headed caribous.

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Shéhérezade

US Premiere
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm

Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Fresh out of juvenile detention and with nowhere to go, seventeen-year-old Zachary is back on his own, roaming the hard streets of Marseille again. Then he meets teen prostitute Shéhérazade and they fall madly, dangerously in love.

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Something Is Happening

NY Premiere
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm

Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Having lost her husband and job, Irma jumps into a river in Avignon, only to be rescued by Dolores, a free-spirited Spaniard roaming the south of France. Irma and Dolores strike up a friendship and serve as our fictional guides into a little-seen France of factory workers, hunters, and fishermen.

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Father and Sons

US Premiere
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm

Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In this delicate comedy about the constantly shifting ground of family life and the abiding drive to connect, a lackadaisical college student and his mystically inclined little brother overcome their differences to care for their increasingly eccentric single father.

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Raising Colors

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Having been educated at the Sorbonne, well-bred Laure stuns her family by joining the Navy and attempting to become the first woman to join a special ops force. Hélène Fillières’ masterfully crafted tale depicts the intense challenges, including sexist prejudice, of a male-dominated environment.

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Whatever Happened to My Revolution

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

In this hilarious, whip-smart comedy, Judith Davis examines the frustrations of a generation that came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Davis stars as Angèle, an idealist who refuses to give up the dream of revolution.

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The Grand Hotel Ballet

US Premiere
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
4pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

This unexpected but beguiling mix of documentary film and musical comedy follows the students of a hotel school in Grenoble as they learn to greet guests, fold tablecloths, and occasionally break into song.

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Blonde Animals

US Premiere
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
7:30pm
Followed by a wine and beer reception
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

An amnesiac former sitcom star desperate for a ride to Paris runs into a heartbroken soldier trying to sneak in to his late lover’s funeral in this strikingly offbeat comedy that blends psychedelic absurdity and delirious humor to surprisingly earnest effect.

CinéSalon is supported by Air France and Delta Air Lines, BNP Paribas, Canal +, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, and Sofitel. CinéSalon is made possible by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature. Le Val is the exclusive wine partner and Kronenbourg 1664 is the exclusive beer partner for CinéSalon.

The Burning Bright series is co-curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Dana Kurylyk.

L'Amour Debout, Gaspard at the Wedding, Something is Happening, and Whatever Happened to My Revolution are part of "Young French Cinema," a program made possible with the support of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.