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Romance

35 Shots of Rum (35 Rhums)

Directed by: Claire Denis, France, 100 minutes, Rating: MT

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. A widowed subway conductor, approaching retirement, lives with his beautiful grown daughter—the object of a neighbor’s growing romantic interest. The man’s former girlfriend also lives in their building and plays a role in their closely-knit lives.

French Cancan

Directed by: Jean Renoir,
France/Italy
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102 minutes, Rating: MT

Peter Bogdanovich will present this Technicolor wonder from French luminary Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion). The film chronicles the revival of Paris’ most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

I Will Follow

Directed by: Ava DuVernay, USA, 88 minutes, Rating: MT

When Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a successful African-American artist and musician, sees her world turned upside down by a family tragedy, she must struggle to keep her balance. Co-starring Blair Underwood, the film chronicles a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads, and the twelve people who help her move forward into a brave new world.  Director in attendance for screenings

Impossible

Directed by: Vanya Rose, Canada, 18 minutes, Rating: MT

A passionate young painter lives a regimented life working long hours on little money. Women are seemingly of little interest to him, until he notices a young woman living across the street. His life is soon turned upside down as his days become but quests to catch a glimpse of her.

In That Moment

Directed by: Shripriya Mahesh, USA, 5 minutes, Rating: TN

A living statue's regular routine is interrupted by a lovely park visitor who captures his attention. He observes her unnoticed. When a boy, and his balloon, turn the lady's attention to the living statue, she is intrigued. An enchanting encounter ensues in the heart of New York's Central Park.

On Tour

Directed by: Mathieu Amalric, France, 111 minutes, Rating: MT

Unapologetically bawdy, bodacious, and full of frenetic energy, On Tour travels alongside a raucous troupe of American burlesque performers and their hot-tempered manager as take their act on the road in France for the first time. Director and star Mathieu Amalric took Best Director honors at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his effort on the film.  Amalric also stars in Arnaud Desplechin's masterpiece A Christmas Tale, featured in our Spotlight Section on Contemporary French Masters this year.

Queen To Play

Directed by: Caroline Bottaro,
France/Germany
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96 minutes, Rating: MT

In his first completely foreign language performance (French), Oscar-winner Kevin Kline is a reclusive American expat who befriends his disillusioned chambermaid on the island of Corsica.  Their initially strained relationship begins to thaw when she enlists him to tutor her in the finer points of chess.

Read My Lips (Sur mes lèvres)

Directed by: Jacques Audiard, France, 115 minutes, Rating: R

A contemporary thriller set in the streets and offices of a gritty Paris rarely seen on the big screen, this Jacques Audiard (of last year's Oscar-nominated powerhouse A Prophet) classic centers on Carla (Emmanuelle Devos), the partially-deaf main protagonist and her intense relationship with Paul (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan), an ex-con who she hires to be her assistant but quickly becomes her lover and partner in crime.  The film will be introduced by Dr. Tim Palmer, an Associate Professor of Film Studies at UNC-Wilmington.  Dr.

Rio Sex Comedy

Directed by: Jonathan Nossiter,
France/Brazil
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124 minutes, Rating: MT

2008 RiverRun Master of Cinema honoree Bill Pullman stars in this comedy set amid the lively port city of Rio de Janeiro. The film charts the misadventures of several expatriates in Rio in their bungled search for both personal pleasures and social justice.  

The Award

Directed by: Leon Siminiani, Spain, 16 minutes, Rating: MT

Pilar and Manuel prepare for what should be a night of celebration and glamour. It should be. But they’ve been sweeping their relationship under the red carpet for too long...

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