The Second Annual Chicago French Film Festival
Friday, July 27th – Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Now in its second year, The Music Box hosts three days of the very best in contemporary French cinema. Featuring special guests and film presentations!
The festival begins on Friday, July 27 with an Opening Night Presentation of A Better Life (Une Vie Meilleure), directed by award-winning director Cédric Kahn. Three people, Yann (Guillaume Canet), a cook; Nadia (Leila Bekhti), a waitress; and Nadia’s nine-year-old son risk everything to open a restaurant. Bearing up bravely against the onslaught of relentless creditors and an uncaring system, they are forced to make difficult decisions while trying to maintain their hope for A Better Life. Starring Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti and young actor Slimane Khettabi.
The festival concludes on Sunday, July 29 with a screening of 38 Witnesses (38 Temoins), directed by Lucas Belvaux and loosely based on the 1964 New York City assault and murder of Kitty Genovese. This film tells the disturbing story of 38 neighbors who witness a horrific crime and remain silent… except for one man who tells the truth with shocking consequences. Starring Sophie Quinton and Yvan Attal, 38 Witnesses deftly addresses some often unspoken truths about society and individual responsibility.
Other highlights include the Saturday, July 28 screening of the Festival Centerpiece Feature Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés), a delightfully romantic musical directed by Christophe Honoré that tells the story of the various loves and losses of a mother and daughter over a period of three decades. Beloved stars the always stunning and incomparable Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni. With music by Alex Beaupain, this charming and utterly original film will touch the heart of anyone who has ever experienced the vagaries of love.
The Chicago French Film Festival is supported by the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Unifrance and the Music Box Theatre.
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