My French Film Festival debuts tonight (Thursday) and runs through Saturday at the Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa.
Following is the schedule screenings in Napa:
Welcome to Argentina (Mariage à Mendoza)
Thursday, January 9
In a Rush (Au Galop)
Friday, January 10
Like a Lion (Comme un lion)
Saturday, January 11
Maddened By His Absence (J’enrage de son absence)
Saturday, January 11
Welcome to Argentina (“Mariage à Mendoza”)
Marcus and his brother Antoine head to Argentina for their cousin's wedding.
They plan to explore all that Buenos Aires has to offer before making
the trip to Mendoza in the west. Marcus is thrilled to be on the road
and determined to have fun, while Antoine is depressed after being
dumped by his wife, who refused to come with them at the last minute.
Marcus will do anything it takes to cheer up his little brother. After a very caliente evening in the capital, they hit the road, discovering
Argentina vineyard's and making unlikely encounters - with a crackpot
receptionist, a divine beauty, a pregnant ewe, and a guy afflicted by
Stendhal syndrome - until, at the end of their journey, the two brothers find peace.
Directed by Edouard Deluc
Starring Nicolas Duvauchelle, Philippe Rebbot, Gustavo Kamenetzky
Running time 91 mins.
In A Rush (“Au Galop”)
Ada was settled in her life, she was pleased with it, or thought she was.
She was one half of a couple who seemed happy, she'd had a child, was
even due to get married, and then she met Pau. And this Paul was a
writer who lived alone with his grown daughter, had an exceedingly
intrusive mother, and had the unfortunate idea of losing his father when this story had hardly got off the ground... Life started to gather
speed. It was about time.
Directed by Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Starring Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Marthe Keller, Valentina Cervi
Running time: 93 Mintues
Little Lion (“Comme un lion”)
Mitri is fifteen and lives in a Senegalese village. Like all boys his age, he plays football and dreams of Barça and of Chelsea. When a recruiting
agent picks him up out, Mitri believes his chance has come. But to get
seen by the great European football clubs, one has to pay. His family
chips in and puts itself into debt to help him. Once in Paris,
everything collapses: Mitri finds himself abandoned, without a dime in
his pocket, and unable to imagine dealing with the shame should he
return to his village. An odyssey which will require all his
resourcefulness hence begins. But his football dream will soon catch up
Directed by Samuel Collardey
Starring Mytri Attal, Marc Barbé, Jean-François Stévenin
Running time: 102 minutes
Maddened by His Absence (“J'enrage de son absence”)
After ten years, Jacques comes back to France to handle his father's succession. He had left France to live in the USA to escape a painful past he shared with Mado, his former wife, who in the meantime, built a new life with Stéphane and their 7 year old son, Paul. Upon his return, Jacques and Mado meet again; he asks to meet her son Paul; Mado hesitates, then accepts but hides it from her husband. Soon, Paul and Jacques get close and they start to see each other secretly.
Directed by Sandrine Bonnaire
Starring William Hurt, Alexandra Lamy, Augustin Legrand
Running time: 98 minutes
The festival is being presented by SpectiCast, in partnership with uniFrance Films.
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet serves as president for My French Film Festival’s 4th worldwide edition in which theatrical screenings will be shown in the United States for the first time.
In 2013, over 750,000 people in 189 countries over the course of the month watched the festival online. The enormous popularity set the stage for a seamless transition for SpectiCast to bring the films to cinemas worldwide starting on January 2, 2014.
Participating United States theatres will be able to screen from the list of the following seven titles,Mobile Home, Marriage à Mendoza, J'enrrage de Son Absence, Pauline Detective, Comme un Lion, Au Galop, and La Fille du 14 Juillet.
The seven films were specially selected to reveal the diverse range of stories — from comedy to drama, personal to political, realistic to romantic — for which the online festival has become renown. The theatrical program will feature some of the world’s best new generation of French directors as well as highlight some ofFrance’s most promising contemporary talent. All films will be presented with English subtitles.
For a complete schedule of screenings, visit www.specticast.com/myfff.jsp