French films at the Black Nights Film Festival

November 19, 2017 / December 3, 2017

Find out which French movies will be screened in Estonian cinemas on the occasion of the 21st edition of the Black Nights Film Festival!   
  1. Montparnasse Bienvenue / Jeune femme

This first film by writer-director Léonor Serraille is full of snap and surprises as energetic scatterbrain Paula ricochets from situation to situation after getting dumped by a lover – her former teacher and prominent photographer Joachim – with whom she lived for a decade.
No normally constituted person would want to live with Paula, but it’s a memorable experience to share her life for 97 minutes of screen time. (excerpt : Lisa Nesselson, Screen International)

France, 2017
Director Léonor Serraille
Cast: Laetitia Dosch, Grégoire Monsaingeon, Souleymane Seye Ndiaye

2. Custody / Jusqu’à La Garde

An almost unbearably-tense, no-holds-barred drive through the nightmare of domestic terrorism, „Custody“ is a can’t-look-away hybrid of gruelling reality and heightened ­cinematic technique. The mix is jarring, as intended, and this wrenching, heart-stopping film illustrates domestic violence and obsession in a way that makes the fear real.  (excerpt : Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen Daily)

France, 2017
Director Xavier Legrand
Cast : Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux

3. The Wild Boys / Les garçons sauvages

After committing a heinous crime, five adolescent boys are forced to travel on the sailboat of a Dutch captain in the hope that this will mend their savage ways. But soon the boys decide to mutiny against the captain and soon find themselves on a supernatural island. Amidst verdant and fertile vegetation, the boys fall under the powers of the island and find themselves drawn into a web of intrigue which will be certain to change them forever. (excerpt : author Laurence Boyce)

France, 2017
Director Bertrand Mandico
Cast : Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anael Snoek, Mathilde Warnier, Sam Louwyck


4. The Rise & Fall of a Small Film Company / Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma 

(remastered film)

The director Gaspard Bazin, a film director and incorrigible seducer, is preparing a new feature film. For now, he is still in the casting and financing stages. Jean Almereyda, his producer, has more and more difficulties to raise cash for his company. His wife, Eurydice, dreams of being a movie star. Between the two men, a perverse game is starting, Almereyda wishing to please his wife, but the unrepentant seducer reputation of Bazin holds him to require a part for Eurydice.

France, Switzerland, 2017
Director Jean-Luc Godard
Cast : Jean-Pierre Mocky, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Léaud

5. Hannah

Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband’s imprisonment, Hannah (Charlotte Rampling) begins to unravel. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, the film investigates modern day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures. (excerpt : Andrea Pallaoro, film director)

Italy, Belgium, France. 2017
Director Andrea Pallaoro
Cast : Charlotte Rampling, André Wilms

6. Mrs Hyde / Madame Hyde

Mrs. Géquil is an eccentric teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels different. Will she now be able to keep the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde contained? (excerpt : Serge Bozon, film director)

France, Belgium. 2017
Director Serge Bozon
Cast : Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, José Garcia


7. Endangered Species / Espèces menacées

Three interlinked family stories. Josephine and Tomas are happy newlyweds, but Josephine’s parents quickly discover a darker reality behind the couple’s glowing matrimonial bliss. Meanwhile, Melanie announces to her parents that she is pregnant – and the father is far from the ideal son-in-law! And lastly Anthony, his head in the clouds and unlucky in love, who is faced with having to take charge of his suddenly uncontrollable mother.

France, Belgium. 2017
Director Gilles Bourdos
Cast : Alice Isaaz, Vincent Rottiers, Grégory Gadebois, Suzanne Clement, Eric Elmosnino

8. Tomorrow and Thereafter / Demain et tous les autres jours

Mathilde is ten years old. Her parents are separated and she lives alone with her mother. Her mother is disturbed and has trouble coping with the real world. This film tells a story of a unique love relationship between a daughter and her mother.

France, 2017
Director Noémie Lvovsky
Cast : Luce Rodriguez, Noémie Lvovsky, Mathieu Amalric, Micha Lescot, Elsa Amiel, Anaïs Demoustier

9. Happy End

Michael Haneke’s movie “Happy End” acts as a partial sequel to his 2002 film “Amour”, depicting a dysfunctioning high society family in deep chill. 

France, Austria, Germany. 2017
Director Michael Haneke
Cast : Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski

10. Revenge

Three wealthy married men get together for their annual hunting game in a desert canyon. But this time, one of them comes along with his mistress, a sexy lolita… Things get dramatically out of hands. Left for dead in the middle of desert hell, the young woman comes back to life and the hunting game turns into a ruthless manhunt.

France, 2017
Director Coralie Faucheur
Cast : Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens


11. The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales… / Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes… 

A fox lacking the smarts to catch a hen is persuaded by a wolf to steal her eggs, hoping to eat them when they hatch… but he’s in for a big surprise.

France, 2017
Cast : Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner

NB! dubbed in Estonian

12. The Teacher / Les grands esprits

Teacher in the most prestigious highschool in the country, François enjoys the life he’s always known, in the intellectual and bourgeois society of Paris. Trapped in a situation where he’s forced to accept a job in a school of a tough underprivileged suburb, he finds himself confronted to his own limits and to the upheaval of his values and certainties.

France, 2017
Director Olivier Ayache-Vidal
Cast : Denis Podalydès, Abdoulaye Diallo, Marie-Julie Baup

13.  Maryline



Maryline grew up in a small village. Her parents never received anyone and lived the closed shutters. At the age of 20, she „moves to Paris“ to become an actress. But she does not have the words to defend herself. She is confronted with all that this profession and the world can have of humiliating but also of benevolent. It is the story of a woman, a modest woman, an injury.

France, 2017
Director Guillaume Gallienne
Cast : Adeline d’Hermy, Vanessa Paradis, Eric Ruff, Xavier Beauvois, Lars Edinger

14. Faces Places / Visages, villages

The great Agnès Varda, now 89, hits the road in a van with superstar French photographer JR, 55 years her junior, in search of the people and their villages—the faces and the places—that define rural France and make it what it is.

France, 2017
Directors Agnès Varda and JR

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