New French Shorts 2020
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This showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to romance to absurdist comedy. Revel in these petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes and Locarno. New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Ahmed’s Song (Foued Mansour, 30 minutes)
One day Ahmed, employed at the public baths and nearing retirement, encounters Mike, a teenager adrift. Between the bath house walls, in a place on the point of disappearing, a strange relationship will develop between these two fractured souls.
Sheep, Wolf, and a Cup of Tea... (Marion Lacourt, 12 minutes) (pictured immediately above)
At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom...
Tuesday from 8 to 6 (Cecilia de Arce, 26 minutes)
Névine, a secondary school monitor, is fully committed to her somewhat thankless day job, dealing with teachers, administration and students. Logan, a pupil she is fond of, insists on getting a cap back from lost and found. She has no idea of the consequences of her gesture.
The Distance Between Us and the Sky (Vasilis Kekatos, 9 minutes) (pictured)
Two strangers meet for the first time one night in a remote gas station. The first one fills up his car, while the second one lacks a few euros necessary to get home. The two men will haggle over the price of what separates them from a story.
The Tears Thing (Clémence Poésy, 25 minutes)
Florence is an actress. Preparations for her new role will challenge her in a way she could never have seen coming...
Magnetic Harvest (Marine Levéel, 24 minutes)
In close up, Mickaël seems to move in a nebula of desires: find his lost pig, get his organic farming certification, stop being lonely in a rape desert. But from afar, Mickaël looks more like a magnet attracted to Paul.
The Glorious Acceptance Speech of Nicolas Chauvin (Benjamin Crotty, 26 minutes)
During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin—farmer soldier, veteran of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the father of chauvinism—embarks on a grand monologue, sending him back in time and space. Until, at a bend on a moonlit road, a spectral encounter changes the course of his non-existence.
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