The 2011 Chicago French Film Festival

Friday, July 22nd – Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


Vive le Cinema! The Music Box hosts three days of the best films in recent French cinema! Featuring special guests and film presentations.

<cite>Romantics Anonymous</cite>

Romantics Anonymous

directed by Jean-Pierre Améris

This delectable comedy tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker with a lifelong case of uncontrollable shyness. Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde) suffers from a similar case of terminal abashment and runs a fledgling chocolate company in desperate need of a new direction. When the two nervous Nellies meet, they are forced to fess up to their sweet affections for each other.
—Tribeca Film Festival

Print courtesy of Tribeca Films.

<cite>Point Blank</cite>

Point Blank

directed by Fred Cayayé starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson

When Samuel’s wife is kidnapped before his very eyes, he soon discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet is responsible, and if he’s ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet’s bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.

Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

<cite>Hands Up</cite>

Hands Up

directed by Romain Goupil

From the year 2067, Milana looks back to the present day when she was a young Chechen immigrant in Paris, and her school friends plotted together to help save her from deportation. Director Romain Goupil has drawn brilliant and honest performances out of the young cast through a series of improvisations. This charming and thought-provoking film had a Special Event Screening at Cannes and has met with international critical success. Print courtesy of Institut français.

<cite>The Hedgehog</cite>

The Hedgehog

directed by Mona Achache

Inspired by the best-selling book The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this is the story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic), a young girl chronicling the hypocrisy of the adult world with her video camera.

When Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (Josiane Balasko), she begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors.

Courtesy of Neoclassics Film.


Purchase individual tickets here!. All films are $10

Festival Pass

See all 8 films in the festival for only $40! You must check in at the box office before each screening and redeem your ticket. If you have not checked in by showtime, your ticket may be released for resale. Purchase your Pass.

Members of Cinema/Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Centre receive a $1.00 discount with a membership card and may redeem their online discount by using the coupon code “cinema” and presenting their card at the box office at the time of pickup.


Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Romantics Anonymous
Point Blank

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Hands Up

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The Hedgehog

The Chicago French Film Festival is supported by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Institut Francais, Sofitel Chicago, and Unifrance. Presenting partners include the Chicago International Music and Movies Fest.

Now’s your chance to win tickets to closing night of the Chicago French Film Festival!

by Dave Jennings, Fri 22 Jul 2011, 3:02pm

Want to see the closing screening of the Chicago French Film Festival on Sunday night for FREE? Enter to win a ticket for you and a guest to see The Hedgehog on July 24, 7:00pm directed by Mona Achache, 2010, 100m.


Actress Josiane Balasko scheduled to appear!

Win free tickets to the opening night double feature of the Chicago French Film Festival

by Dave Jennings, Thu 21 Jul 2011, 1:33pm

The Music Box is giving away 30 tickets to the French Film Festival! Enter here.

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