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Our Guide To The 2011 French Cinema Now Film Festival

Wow!  Want to see a great French film, or just a great film in general?  From what we’ve seen so far, this year’s French Cinema Now program is one of the strongest festivals San Francisco has to offer.  No matter which day or film you decide to see, chances are you won’t be disappointed.  Okay, so maybe it just so happens that the 5 films we saw from the festival are the only good ones, but I doubt it.  I’m sure there could be one or two stinkers in there, but we haven’t seen them yet.

Hopefully, our mini guide will help you decide which films to see at this year’s festival.  Click on the film’s title to see the full review, and for a complete schedule you can click on the French Cinema Now icon on the sidebar under “Current Festivals”.

The Kid With A Bike – a brilliant, subdued, and humanist piece about a young boy at risk of becoming sucked into the darker sides of society, and those around him. By the Brothers Dardenne.

Le Havre – Aki Kaurismäki’s stylized and eccentric tale of a northern Maritime city in France, xenophobia, cancer, and alcoholism… with a colourful and musical face. An extremely unique adventure, and a must see.

Bachelor Days Are Over – Katia Lewkowicz’s character driven film about a man about to be married and his reluctance to do so. Very believable interactions from very complicated, well-made characters.

The Long Falling – A dark Belgian film about numerous people dealing with abuse and murder.

The Minister – This talky yet well-paced drama isn’t made for everyone, which is exactly why it’s one of the better films of 2011.


Announcing the 2011 French Cinema Now Festival

San Francisco fans of film, especially those who are fans of French film, your time to rejoice is here.  From October 27th through November 2nd, a barrage of the very best that French cinema has to offer will be engulfing the San Francisco Film Society’s New People Cinema. San Francisco les fans du film, notamment ceux qui sont fans du cinéma français, votre temps de se réjouir est ici. De Octobre 27 au Novembre 2ème, a barrage de la meilleure que le cinéma français a à offrir seront engloutissant la San Francisco Film Society duNouveau Cinéma People.

There are many potentially excellent films on this year’s lineup, including this year’s Grand Prize winner from Cannes, The Kid with a Bike.  As always, we at Filmbalaya will start to post our spoiler-free reviews leading up to Opening Night, so stay tuned. Il ya beaucoup de films potentiellement excellente programmation de cette année, dont le gagnant de cette année du Grand Prix de Cannes, Le Kid avec un vélo. Comme toujours, nous au Filmbalaya va commencer à afficher notre spoiler sans critiques menant à la soirée d’ouverture, alors restez branchés.

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French Cinema Now Arriving at Embarcadero 10/28 – 11/03

French Cinema Now is a weeklong festival showcasing some of the best contemporary films that France has to offer.

According to the San Francisco Film Society, this year’s festival is going to “build a comprehensive picture of the current moment in Gallic film“.  Which, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “gallic film”, expect a heck of a lot of French people on screen being French.  Magnifique!

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