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

2019-05-tuesday
CinéSalon + Q&A

Love Blooms

US Premiere
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
4pm & 7:30pm
Q&A with director Michaël Dacheux following the 7:30pm screening. Wine and beer reception after both screenings.
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

25-year-old Martin arrives in Paris from the provinces to try to reunite with his first love Léa. Following the classic Balzac theme, Michaël Dacheux’s debut film updates the stylistic tropes of French New Wave to include queer desire.

CinéSalon

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 a stranger to pose as his girlfriend at his father’s second wedding. The family home, a working zoo, is full of tigers, monkeys, two-headed caribous, and a sister that believes she is part bear. Directed by Antony Cordier.

CinéSalon

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 with no where to go, 17-year-old Zachary is back on the hard streets of Marseille where he meets and falls madly in love with a teen prostitute. Jean-Bernard Marlin’s feature debut won three Césars in 2018, including Best First Feature Film.

CinéSalon

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. Irma and Dolores strike up an unlikely friendship, and shows us the rarely seen part of France inhabited by factory workers, hunters,
and fisherman. Directed by Anne Alix.

CinéSalon

Father and Sons

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

A delicate comedy about the Zuccarelli family as they start to fray: single father Joseph has given up his medical practice to pursue an unlikely dream of becoming a writer, his grown son Joachim moons over his ex to the detriment of his Masters in psychiatry, and 13-year-old Ivan is undergoing a mystical conversion. Directed by Félix Moati.

2019-06-tuesday
CinéSalon

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.

CinéSalon

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 whip-smart comedy, first-time director Judith Davis also stars in this film examining the generation that came of age after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Angèle moves in with her communist parents after losing her job, but refuses to give up the revolution.

CinéSalon

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 the hotel school in Grenoble as they learn to greet guests, fold tablecloths, chop vegetables without looking, all while occasionally breaking into song. Directed by Jacques Deschamps.

CinéSalon

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 solder trying to sneak into his late lover’s funeral in this strikingly offbeat comedy that blends pshchedelic absurdity and delirious humor to surprisingly earnest effect. Directed by Alexia Walther and Maxime Matray.

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.