French Films at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival
May 18, 2017 – June 11, 2017


The 43rd Seattle International Film Festival will take place from May 18th, 2017 to June 11, 2017.
Many French films and co-productions are part of the program this year.

View the French program here!

La Fille de Brest
France | 2016 | 140 minutes | Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot's powerful social-justice drama is a French Erin Brockovich story about Dr. Irene Frachon (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who discovers that a state-approved medication has caused suspicious deaths, leading her on a one-woman crusade to reveal the truth.

Diamond Island
France | 2016 | 101 minutes | Davy Chou
18-year- old Bora leaves his village in rural Cambodia to work on the construction sites of the chic, wealthy "Diamond Island", where he reunites with his older brother and is seduced by the vibrant nightlife scene until tragedy forces him to reconsider what truly matters.

Endless Poetry
France | 2016 | 128 minutes | Alejandro Jodorowsky
In the latest entry of cult icon Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (El Topo) cinematic memoirs, a young poet joins a bohemian artist commune in Santiago where he meets a host of circus-like characters and falls in love with a voluptuous, red-haired goddess.

Sur quel pied danser
France | 2016 | 90 minutes | Kostia Testut
La La Land meets Norma Rae with a pinch of Jacques Demy in this toe-tapping working-class musical comedy with a social conscience about a young woman who gets her dream job at a luxury shoe factory, only to become enmeshed in a labor strike.

La jeune fille sans mains
France | 2016 | 76 minutes | Sébastien Laudenbach
Adapting a lesser-known fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, French animator Sébastien Laudenbach uses an elegant, minimalist, and hand-crafted painterly style to tell the legend of a girl who is sold to the Devil, then loses her hands when she attempts to escape.

Going to Brazil
France | 2016 | 94 minutes | Patrick Mille
In this feminine French Hangover-style misadventure, four childhood friends reunite for a wedding in Rio, only to find themselves on the run through the Brazilian countryside after accidentally killing an attacker at a drug-fueled party.

Réparer les vivants
France | 2016 | 104 minutes | Katell Quillévéré
Director Katell Quillévéré assembled a gifted ensemble cast for this heart-wrenching, compassionate medical drama connecting three seemingly unrelated stories about the moment when tragedy meets hope. Adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed 2014 novel.

The Marseille Trilogy: César
France | 1936 | 141 minutes | Marcel Pagnol
The final part of Pagnol’s intimate family saga takes place 20 years later, when Fanny’s son discovers the identity of his true father and heads out on a search for Marius, whose life, we learn, has been fraught with hardship.

The Marseille Trilogy: Fanny
France | 1932 | 127 minutes | Marc Allégret
In part two, Fanny discovers she is pregnant and decides to wed the aged widower Honoré Panisse, who agrees to support her child until Marius returns unexpectedly and demands what he believes is still his.

The Marseille Trilogy: Marius
France | 1931 | 127 minutes | Alexander Korda
Part one of playwright-turned-filmmaker Marcel Pagnol’s epic, bittersweet trilogy is presented in a new 4K restoration and introduces young shopkeepers Marius and Fanny, who seem destined to marry if only Marius can overcome his wanderlust.

Ivan Tsarevitch et la princesse changeante
France | 2017 | 57 minutes | Michel Ocelot
Renowned animator Michel Ocelot (Tales of the Night) uses his unique and vibrant silhouette style to share a quartet of bewitching fairy tales, as told by a wizened projectionist and his young apprentices who meet nightly in a dilapidated theater.

La Sage Femme
France | 2017 | 117 minutes | Martin Provost
Catherine Deneuve, in a performance that critics are hailing as among her best, is a free-spirited, life-loving woman at a crossroads who seeks out her ex-lover's daughter, a gifted yet painfully reserved midwife, in an effort to reconnect after 30 years away.

France | 2016 | 89 minutes | Frédéric Mermoud
Emmanuelle Devos stars in a suspenseful psychological thriller about a mother determined to track down the driver of the mocha-colored Mercedes that struck her son and ruined her life. Once she has a suspect in her sights, she waits for her moment of revenge.

Voyage à travers le cinéma français
France | 2016 | 190 minutes | Bertrand Tavernier
A must-see for cinephiles, master director Bertrand Tavernier surveys the history of French film, honoring beloved and sometimes forgotten directors, actors, and films through interviews, personal reflections, and an abundance of classic footage.

France | 2016 | 130 minutes | Bertrand Bonello
A group of young, multiracial radicals with no stated ideology stage a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, then hide out for the night in a shopping center in this transgressive exploration of radical violence from Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent).

France | 2016 | 122 minutes | Jérôme Salle
Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson) revolutionized sea exploration with his vessel Calypso, a crew of free-spirited adventurers, and his inventive ideas. Filled with spectacular underwater sequences, this epic biopic explores the adventures as well as the home life of an iconic oceanographer.

France | 2016 | 110 minutes | Jean-Stéphane Bron
Spend a season amid the backstage hustle and bustle of The Paris Opera in this captivating chronicle that shines a spotlight on the complex army of collaborators who make one of the most prestigious performing-arts institutions in the world possible.

Les derniers parisiens
France | 2016 | 106 minutes | Hamé Bourokba, Ékoué
With a pulsing soundtrack and neon-drenched visuals, musicians-turned- filmmakers Hamé and Ekoué dive into Paris's vibrant nightlife scene to tell the story of two brothers with differing views of what the future should be for their family-owned bar.

La Passeuse des Aubrais
France | 2016 | 81 minutes | Michaël Prazan
Documentary filmmaker Michaël Prazan's captivating and personal detective story uncovers the truth behind his father's childhood escape from Nazi-occupied France, which was made possible by a female smuggler with mysterious motivations.

Chez Nous
France | 2016 | 114 minutes | Lucas Belvaux
In northern France, a beloved and devoted nurse is offered a candidacy for mayor by a far-right party, leading to a political campaign that will test her will in this timely and sharp study on how populist ideology can quietly but decisively contaminate “good” people.

La fille inconnue
Belgium | 2016 | 113 minutes | Jean Pierre Dardenne
The award-winning Dardenne brothers’ (Two Days, One Night; The Kid With a Bike) latest sensitive realist drama focuses on a young doctor who inadvertently contributes to the death of an unidentified prostitute, sending her on a quest to discover the woman’s true identity.

France | 2017 | 98 minutes | Pascale Lamche
The absorbing life story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who fought on the front lines for South African human rights during her husband’s 27-year imprisonment, comes into focus through abundant archival footage and interviews with both her closest friends and those who hoped to silence her.

France | 2016 | 95 minutes | Daouda Coulibaly
A poor but ambitious young man in Mali strives to improve his life through drug trafficking, discovering that with success comes uneasy alliances with the underworld, the military, and even Al-Qaeda, in this West African Scarface-style rags-to- riches crime drama.

Le jeune Karl Marx
France | 2017 | 118 minutes | Raoul Peck
Director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) presents a lush period drama that joins 26-year- old Karl Marx (August Diehl) and his wife Jenny in exile in Europe, where they meet Friedrich Engels, who provides the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.

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