Delete History

In a provincial suburb, three neighbours come to terms with the consequences of the new world of social media. Marie, who lives off her husband’s family allowance, is afraid of losing her son’s respect because of a sex tape. Bertrand can’t say no to advertising calls and is fighting to protect his daughter, who is being bullied online. Christine, after losing everything because of her addiction to TV series, wonders why her rating as an Uber driver is not taking off. These three lone fighters are incapable of finding a solution to their problems on their own – until they join forces to declare war on the tech giants.

Delete History captures our 21st century reality in a way few other films have: there is neither history nor are there stories, neither left-wing nor right. Instead of a physical boss who enforces our obedience, an invisible, data-spewing cloud controls us and devours our identities. Delete History is an empathetic tribute to those who are “left behind”, who hold up a mirror to us all and our perceptions of reality.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Effacer l’historique
  • Director
    Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Producer
    Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Writers
    Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
  • Photo
    Hugues Poulain
  • Actors
    Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydès, Corinne Masiero
  • Playtime
    1 h 50 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France, Belgium
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    Les Films du Worso
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Night Shift

Three Parisian police officers are charged with driving a stranger back to the border. However, Virginie realizes their prisoner will most likely be killed upon return to his country and so goes about attempting to convince her fellow officers to release him. Faced with an unbearable dilemma, she starts to question their mission. The trio has one night to decide a man’s fate. Prolific French filmmaker Anne Fontaine tackles this dramatic and relevant topic with all the intensity and empathy it requires. 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Police
  • Director
    Anne Fontaine
  • Producer
    Jean-Louis Livi, Philippe Carcassonne
  • Writers
    Claire Barré
  • Photo
    Yves Angelo
  • Actors
    Omar Sy, Virginie Efira, Grégory Gadebois, Payman Maadi
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    F Comme Film, Ciné-@
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Only the Animals

Only the Animals is a non-linear mystery thriller, where we follow five characters on two continents. All five play their part in the murder of a woman, but it is not immediately clear which one. Like films as Memento, Pulp Fiction and Crash, all the pieces and characters are sewn together into a quirky and impressive patchwork.

For the most part, the film takes place in cold, wintry southern France, but opens with a young black man riding a motorcycle through a dusty African village, with a goat over his shoulder. To describe the film further will only ruin the experience, but at the bottom of the film lies a brutal and masterful portrayal of human loneliness, and how far into the escape of reality and desperation one can be driven by love or lack thereof.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Seules les bêtes
  • Director
    Dominik Moll
  • Producer
    Simon Arnal, Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Carole Scotta
  • Writers
    Dominik Moll, Gilles Marchand etter Colin Niels roman
  • Photo
    Patrick Ghiringhelli
  • Actors
    Laure Calamy, Denis Ménochet, Damien Bonnard, Valeria Bruni Tedechi, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Guy Roger “Bibisse” N’drin
  • Playtime
    1 h 56 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    A Haut Court Prods.
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

The Girl with a Bracelet

Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this French courtroom drama about a teenager caught in the spotlight of a murder case. It begins as an ordinary family outing on the beach. Then things turn dark as 17-year-old Lise, from a wealthy middle-class family, comes under investigation following the death of her best friend. As her parents deal with the trauma in different ways, Lise is required to account for a way of life that doesn’t always fit the morality approved of by the justice system. This third feature by writer-director Stéphane Demoustier is a razor-sharp judicial drama with echoes of Albert Camus, Georges Simenon and Henri-Georges Clouzot.

  • Program
  • Original title
    La fille au bracelet
  • Director
    Stéphane Demoustier
  • Producer
    Jean des Forêts
  • Writers
    Stéphane Demoustier
  • Photo
    Sylvain Verdet
  • Actors
    Melissa Guers, Chiara Mastroianni, Roschdy Zem
  • Playtime
    1 h 35 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Petit Film, France 3, Cinéma Frakas Productions, Rei Cine
  • Distributor
    The Match Factory

The Truth

After the global success of the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, master auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s wry and charming new dramedy The Truth pairs beloved Academy Award nominees Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for the first time, as a celebrated actress and her estranged daughter whose tentative reunion offers an opportunity to either repair or irrevocably fracture their relationship. With a keen knowledge and love of French cinema, Kore-eda lends this hugely enjoyable film the observant, tender eye audiences have come to cherish. The Truth is a very special cinema experience: a gentle, sly and moving exploration of reality and fiction, family, performance, and the great spectacle of life. It’s a love letter to mothers and daughters everywhere.

  • Program
  • Original title
    La vérité
  • Director
    Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Producer
    Muriel Merlin
  • Writers
    Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Photo
    Eric Gautier
  • Actors
    Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier
  • Playtime
    1 h 46 min
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France, Japan
  • Production
    Cine+, Canal+, Wild Bunch
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Two of Us

Nina and Madeleine are neighbors, but they are also passionate lovers. Nina has always lived alone, while Madeleine has two children and grandchildren. Her husband has passed away. Now she can finally live her life to the fullest. But only almost. She has not yet told her family that she is in love with another woman.

Passion and love are not reserved for young people. The heart does not stop beating violently when you meet the right one, even though your age says that you have reached your autumn years. We all grow older, but we refuse to grow old.

In the roles of Nina and Madeleine, we meet two of Europe’s leading actresses. Nina is played by German Barbara Sukowa who is known from films by Fassbinder, Schlöndorff and von Trotta (Hannah Arendt). Martine Chevallier, one of France’s finest performing artists, excels in the role of Madeleine. Their interaction is sparking and wonderful.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Deux
  • Director
    Filippo Meneghetti
  • Producer
    Laurent Baujard, Pierre-Emmanuel
  • Writers
    Filippo Meneghetti
  • Photo
    Aurélien Marra
  • Actors
    Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain
  • Playtime
    1 h. 35 min.
  • Year
    2019
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Paprika Films
  • Distributor
    Arthaus