Virtual CinéSalon Series

Burning Bright: New French Filmmakers 2020

June 16–August 3, 2020
Streaming via Kino Marquee


Burning Bright, FIAF’s annual summer celebration of emerging French and Francophone voices in cinema, is back for a fourth year. Running from Tuesday, June 16 through Monday, August 3, the series will present seven new feature films from a crop of exciting directors. From poignant if unconventional coming-of-age tales to examining relationships between elected officials and their communities, this year’s series includes four US premieres and one NY premiere.

For the first time, this popular CinéSalon series will take place online, allowing even greater access to these films and increased visibility for these remarkable new talents.

Each film will be available online for one week. FIAF Members receive access codes via email to watch the films for free. Non-Members pay $12 per film.





Past Screenings


Virtual CinéSalon

Simon’s Got a Gift

La dernière vie de Simon

US Premiere

Tuesday, June 16–Monday, June 22, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


Winner of the audience award at the 2019 Festival d’automne de Gardanne, Mon premier Festival, and Festival de Brides-les-bains, this debut feature by Léo Karmann paints a magical tale that strikes at the core of who we are and those we love.

Virtual CinéSalon

Real Love

C’est ça l’amour

NY Premiere

Tuesday, June 23–Monday, June 29, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


After his wife of 20 years leaves the family home, Mario, suddenly is left to care for his teenage daughters alone. A follow-up to Claire Burger’s Camera d’Or–winning Party Girl, Real Love elicits moving performances from its cast.

Virtual CinéSalon

Wonders in the Suburbs

Merveilles à Montfermeil

US Premiere

Tuesday, June 30–Monday, July 6, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee

Conversation with Jeanne Balibar
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 5pm ET

LIVE on Zoom and Facebook
In English


Watch the beautifully absurd political comedy Wonders in the Suburbs online and join us for a virtual discussion with the film’s director and star, the acclaimed French actress Jeanne Balibar.

Virtual CinéSalon

Burning Ghost

Vif-argent

Tuesday, July 7–Monday, July 13, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


“A beautifully made minor-key tone poem about love, loss and death,” (Hollywood Reporter), this debut feature film by director Stéphane Batut centers around Juste, who can see dead people.

Virtual CinéSalon

The Bare Necessity

Perdrix

US Premiere

Tuesday, July 14–Monday July 20, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


In Erwan Le Duc’s debut feature film, police officer Captain Pierre Perdrix’s buttoned-up life starts to unfurl when out-of-towner Juliette turns up in his idyllic village in the woods of the Vosges Mountains.

Virtual CinéSalon

Stars by the Pound

100kg d’étoiles

US Premiere

Tuesday, July 21–Monday, July 27, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


Sixteen-year-old physics whiz Lois wants one thing: to travel to space. But heavyset people like Lois don’t get to be astronauts. Together with three other girls struggling with their own issues, she embarks on an adventure to a national science competition, and the opportunity to win a zero-gravity flight. Directed by Marie-Sophie Chambon.

Virtual CinéSalon

Alice and the Mayor

Alice et le maire

Tuesday, July 28–Monday, August 3, 2020

Stream on Kino Marquee


Directed by Nicolas Pariser. A selection of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. After 30 years in politics, the mayor of Lyon finds himself in the middle of an existential crisis. A brilliant young philosopher from Oxford becomes his intellectual sparring partner, helping him tap into his former progressive ideas.