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. Moka 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. Nocturama 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). L'Odyssée 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. L’Opera 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. Winnie 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. Wùlu 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.