CinéSalon Series

Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2022

September 6–October 25, 2022
Tuesdays at 4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall and FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Free for FIAF Members!

Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers is back for the fifth edition, presenting recent prize-winning films by emerging French filmmakers. This year’s selections include multiple US and NY premieres from nine features and three short films. This new generation of French cinematic voices delivers a fresh and distinctive visual take on the world, introducing creative narratives and turning the lens on faces and places rarely seen on screen.

Opening this year’s festival on September 6 will be a free screening of the New York premiere of Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas’s directorial debut, The World After Us. Other 2022 festival highlight’s include Contance Meyer’s Robust, Arthur Harari’s Onoda, 10,000 Nights in the Jungle, a Q&A with director Anaïs Volpé following the screening of her award-winning film The Braves, and screenings of festival favorite’s Zero F*cks Given, by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre, and Audrey Diwan’s Happening, amongst many others.

Delving into such relevant social topics as women’s rights, job insecurity, and social class mobility, Burning Bright is thrilled to introduce FIAF audiences to this talented new class of filmmakers.

FIAF’s Film Curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez and Chloé Dheu, Film Coordinator: “This year’s emerging filmmakers offer fresh, singular visions of dramas and comedies anchored in contemporary French society, or through deeply felt personal narratives. It’s an honor to introduce these films (many without US distribution, so you cannot see them anywhere else!) and filmmakers, who are already carving their own path in the world of cinema, to New York audiences.”


Schedule of Films


Film

Zero F*cks Given

Rien à foutre

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Julie Lecoustre, Emmanuel Marre, 2020
In French with English subtitles

Cassandre, a directionless young woman, embarks on a new career as a flight attendant. Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre deliver a truthful portrayal of a young woman enveloped in chaos: crushed by her flight schedule, trying to forget about sorrow, and dreaming about Dubaï. 

Film

Happening

L'Événement

Tuesday, October 11, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Audrey Diwan, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Based on Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name, Happening is the story of promising young French student, Anne, who becomes unexpectedly pregnant in 1963, when abortion was still illegal. As she weighs the choices that lay ahead, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background slipping away.

Film

Grand Paris

US Premiere

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Martin Jauvat, 2022
In French with English subtitles

Preceded by the short film Five-O (Ça passe).

Leslie, a disillusioned youth from the Île-de-France region around Paris, drags his best friend Renard into a messy scheme at the other end of the region. On a construction site of the future Grand Paris metro line, they discover a mysterious artifact that takes them on an unexpected journey.

Film

Their Algeria

Leur Algérie

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Lina Soualem, 2019
In French with English subtitles

Over 60 years ago, Lina’s grandparents Aïcha and Mabrouk immigrated from Algeria to Thiers, a small medieval town in the middle of France. When they announce that they are separating, Lina begins to question their long journey of exile, and their silence.


Past Screenings


Film

The World After Us

Le Monde après nous

NY Premiere — Free!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Happy Hour from 5:30–7:30pm for screening attendees!

Dir. Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Labidi’s days of food delivery work and roomates might finally be over when he receives word that his first book will be published. At the same time, he strikes up a whirlwind romance with a student, Elsa. Never one to give up, Labidi’s world is a frantic comedic jaunt of juggling love, life and his passion all in efforts to make ends meet.

Film + Short

Hard Shell, Soft Shell

Fragile

NY Premiere

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Tinker Auditorium


Dir. Emma Benestan, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Az comes from an immigrant, working-class family that resides in the port city of Sète. He has higher aspirations for himself than his daily work at an oyster farm. After plans go awry when he asks his fancy, actress girlfriend to marry him, he turns to his friends to help him win her back.

Preceded by the short film The Right Words / Haut les cœurs (Dir. Adrian Moyse Dullin, 2021)

Film

Robust

Robuste

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
4pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Constance Meyer, 2021
In French with English subtitles

When an aging and disenchanted movie star’s security guard and only companion has to go away, George has a new guard assigned to him. His replacement, Aïssa is his literal opposite: young and female.

Film

Onoda, 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

Onoda, 10 000 nuits dans la jungle

Sneak Preview Screening

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Arthur Harari, 2021
In Japanese with English subtitles

Inspired by the true story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II and didn’t surrender at the war’s end, Onoda is a cinematic journey that opens as a war film, shifts to a survival thriller and ultimately becomes a deeply emotional character study.

Film + Short

The Braves

Entre les vagues

NY Premiere

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
4pm & 7:30pm

FIAF Florence Gould Hall


Dir. Anaïs Volpé, 2021
In French with English subtitles

Margot and Alma are best friends holding on to the energy of their youth. They both dream of becoming famous actresses and will do almost anything to make it happen.

Preceded by the short film The Magic Flute / La Flûte enchantée (Dir. Geordy Gouturiau, 2021)