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>Hands Up</cite>

Sat 23 Jul, 2011, 2:30pm

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>

Sun 24 Jul, 2011, 7:00pm

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.

<cite>Romantics Anonymous</cite>

Fri 22 Jul, 2011, 7:45pm

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.

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