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QUOI DE NEUF AROUND DC

FRENCH FILMS PLAYING AT AFI SILVER SPRING RIGHT NOW AND LATER THIS SUMMER! 

Now Playing:

 LOST ILL

LOST ILLUSIONS [ILLUSIONS PERDUES]

France, 2021, color, 150 min

In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Lucien de Rubempré (Benjamin Voisin, SUMMER OF 85) is an ambitious and unknown aspiring poet in 19th-century France. He leaves his provincial town, arriving in Paris on the arm of his admirer, Louise de Bargeton (Cécile de France, THE FRENCH DISPATCH). Outmatched in elite circles, Lucien's naive etiquette prompts Louise to retreat to her husband, leaving the young poet to forge a new path. Lucien makes a new friend in another young writer, Etienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste, EDEN), who introduces him to the business of journalism where a salon of wordsmiths and wunderkinds make or break the reputations of actors and artists with insouciant impunity. Lucien agrees to write rave reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience, and soon discovers that the written word can be an instrument of both beauty and deceit. Xavier Giannoli's sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac's epic novel is a ravishing vision of the birth of modern media. DIR/SCR Xavier Giannoli; SCR Jacques Fieschi, based on the novel by Honoré de Balzac; PROD Olivier Delbosc, Sidonie Dumas.

Opening Friday, July 15:

 BOTH SIDES

BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE aka FIRE (2022) [AVEC AMOUR ET ACHARNEMENT]

France, 2022, color, 116 min.

In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Legendary French filmmaker Claire Denis delivers an understated yet psychologically vivid romantic drama, co-written with her LET THE SUNSHINE IN collaborator Christine Angot. On her way to work one day, Sara (Denis regular Juliette Binoche) spies her ex-lover François (Grégoire Colin) outside of the metro; shortly thereafter, by a seeming coincidence, François gets in touch with Jean (Vincent Lindon), his old friend — and Sara's husband — to propose they go into business together. François' unexpected reemergence in their lives, and the emotional destabilization that comes with it, propels this finely wrought and melancholic narrative, with Denis' characteristic knack for capturing the intimate sensuality of everyday life on full display, bolstered by a typically gorgeous score from regular collaborators Tindersticks. (Note courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.) DIR/SCR Claire Denis; SCR Christine Angot, from her novel "Un tournant de la vie;" PROD Olivier Delbosc. 

 Coming in August:

 THE DISCRIT

50th Anniversary

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE [LE CHARME DISCRET DE LA BOURGEOISIE]

Fri, Aug. 12, 9:45 p.m.; Sun, Aug. 14, 6:15 p.m.; Mon, Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.; Wed, Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m.; Thurs, Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m.

France, 1972, color, 102 min.

In French with English subtitles. RATED PG

A sextet of society types, including characters played by Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran and Bulle Ogier, maintain their decorum in the face of increasingly farcical absurdities. A series of surrealistically dashed dinner plans — reasons ranging from a wake taking place in the adjoining room to soldiers bivouacking on the lawn — escalates into sexual, political and even cinematic shenanigans. Director Luis Buñuel dispenses with any differentiation between "reality" and "dream" but keeps the chaos cool. Oscar® winner, Best Foreign Language Film. DIR/SCR Luis Buñuel; SCR Jean-Claude Carrière; PROD Serge Silberman.

fire of love

Fire of Love is the story of two French lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of our planet, while simultaneously capturing the most explosive volcano imagery ever recorded. Along the way, they changed our understanding of the natural world, and saved tens of thousands of lives. Previously unseen hours of pristine 16-millimeter film and thousands of photographs reveal the birth of modern volcanology through an unlikely lens - the love of its two pioneers.

Director: Sara Dosa. FIRE OF LOVE premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival as the opening night film for the US Documentary Competition, where it won the jury's JOnathan Oppenheim Editing Award.

See the trailer here. It will be playing in Washington DC on July 22 at the Landmark E Street Cinema and at the Alamo Drafthouse DC on Bryant Street

Fire of Love