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!




<cite>17 Girls (17 Filles)</cite>

Sun 29 Jul, 2012, 4:30pm

17 Girls (17 Filles)

directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin in French starring Louise Grinberg, Juliette Darche and Roxane Duran

Loosely based on a story taken straight from American newspaper headlines; 17 teenage girls in a remote village in France make a shocking pact to all become pregnant at the same time.

<cite>38 Witnesses (38 Temoins)</cite>

Sun 29 Jul, 2012, 7:00pm

38 Witnesses (38 Temoins)

directed by Lucas Belvaux in French starring Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia

A troubling look at a horrific crime and a group of neighbors who almost universally decide to look the other way. This film depicts the mob mentality that ensues when one dissenter breaks ranks and comes forward.

<cite>Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes)</cite>

Sat 28 Jul, 2012, 8:00pm

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimes)

directed by Christophe Honore in French starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni

Festival Centerpiece Feature

<cite>The Day I Saw Your Heart (Et Soudain Tout le Monde Me Manque)</cite>

Sat 28 Jul, 2012, 3:30pm

The Day I Saw Your Heart (Et Soudain Tout le Monde Me Manque)

directed by Jennifer Devoldere in French

Family life is complicated; Especially when your father, who is almost 60, is expecting a child with his young, new wife. When Eli announces his news, it profoundly upsets his two grown daughters: Dom, who is trying to adopt a child, and Justine, who flits from one boyfriend to the next without any thought about her future. Eli, who has never been able to get along with Justine, gets the good idea of trying to get closer to her by secretly becoming friends with all her ex‐boyfriends. But when Justine falls in love again and Eli is about to ruin everything, the family teeters on the brink of disaster.

<cite>Guilty (Presume Coupable)</cite>

Sat 28 Jul, 2012, 5:40pm

Guilty (Presume Coupable)

directed by Vincent Garenq in French

A man wrongly accused of an unspeakable crime battles to prove his innocence in this drama from director Vincent Garenq. Based on a true story, Guilty tells the story of Alain (Philippe Torreton) and his wife Edith (Noemie Lvovsky), a couple raising three children in Northern France whose lives were suddenly turned upside down when they were arrested and charged with being part of a group of sexual predators preying on children. Alain and Edith both insisted they were innocent and it was the beginning of a legal nightmare that lasted two years and led to the arrest and conviction of a number of people who were later proven innocent. Once behind bars, Alain must stand up for his innocence against prosecutors eager for convictions in a controversial and deeply flawed case against him.

“So harrowing that no addition of fictional elements could have made it any more dramatic.” —Variety

<cite>The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du Rabbin)</cite>

Sun 29 Jul, 2012, 2:00pm

The Rabbi’s Cat (Le Chat du Rabbin)

directed by Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux in French starring Mathieu Amalric, François Damiens and Hafsia Herzi

An utterly endearing animated feature about the adventures of a rabbi, his daughter and their very opinionated talking cat.

<cite>Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche)</cite>

Fri 27 Jul, 2012, 9:50pm

Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche)

directed by Frédéric Jardin in French starring Tomer Sisley

Vincent (Tomer Sisley) is a respected and dedicated police officer, or so it seems. After stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers that work for Marciano, a powerful mob boss/nightclub owner, Vincent quickly finds himself trapped in a situation that is a parent’s worst nightmare: his son has been kidnapped with the promise of being executed if he doesn’t immediately return the cocaine to its rightful owner.

Vincent heads to a nightclub in the outskirts of Paris to trade the drugs for his son and soon soon finds himself caught in an intense, claustrophobic cat-and-mouse game that quickly spirals into madness. The night to come might not only be the longest but also the last one of his life… and his young son’s as well.

“If the Oscars added a category for best action movie this would be a shoe-in.” —

<cite>A Trip To The Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage</cite>

Sat 28 Jul, 2012, 1:40pm

A Trip To The Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage

directed by George Méliès, Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange in English

George Méliès died in obscurity over seventy years ago, but as a central character to the story of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, his life and work are being rediscovered. This color restoration of his masterpiece A Trip to the Moon took nearly 10 years and $500,000 to complete and features a beautiful new soundtrack by the internationally known French electronica group AIR. A Trip to the Moon will be shown along with The Extraordinary Voyage a documentary about Méliés, his influence on modern filmmakers, and the amazing process of restoring a single deteriorating copy of a 100 year old film. This presentation is an unprecedented opportunity to see an incredible restoration of a landmark piece of film history and a unique treat for all film lovers.

“Surely a cinematic highlight of the year, maybe the century.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times

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