French Films at Kansas City FilmFest, Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
1400 Main Street (downtown Kansas City) Parking ticket from Cosentino’s garage validated for free parking
Tickets $10 http://kcfilmfest.org Film from Switzerland in French
My Best Holidays – Nos plus belles vacances
2011, 94 min., in French with Eng. subtitles
An authentic comedy about the childhood of the director, Philippe Lellouche, set in the late 70’s full of holiday romance, nostalgia and humor. An Algerian-Jewish family and their friends from Paris go on vacation to Brittany in 1976. They attempt to repair fraying marriages, sort out their lives, and not upset the distrusting provincial locals setting the scene for an almighty comedy of culture clashes – the country versus the city. France in the ‘70s is here in all its glory with its black vinyl and gigantic "bell-bottoms" not to mention the eternal Françoise Hardy.
Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.
Bolt Cutters in Paris
2012, 15 min, in French and English
There's much love and humor in the air during writer/director Zoe Robyn's delightful and quirky short film Bolt Cutters in Paris, a 15-minute short film about a girl and a boy, a pair of bolt cutters and a couple of punks. Sometimes love stories start with a break-up. Molly just wants to move on after a relationship goes bad. In this case, "moving on" involves the not so subtle destruction of a romantically engraved padlock located in a place of honor in the City of Love. Enter Momo, your stereotypical suave and sophisticated Parisian guy.
Saturday, April 13, 3:45 p.m.
2011, 90 min., in French with English subtitles
Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
The story takes place in Carhaix, in the heart of Brittany. A small hospital, with a calm maternity clinic, where few births take place. Mathilde, a mid-wife, Firmine, a pediatric nurse, and Louise, the owner of the Carhaix bowling alley, are all friends and lead a happy existence. Catherine, director of the establishment's Human Resources, is sent to restructure the hospital and, most importantly, to eventually shut down the maternity clinic, which is losing money. Four women whose age, personalities, and origins are different, but who will form a quartet overflowing with humanity and humor as they join forces to save the clinic. Life, love, friendship, Brittany and... bowling.
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Hiver Nomade Winter Nomads
A documentary film from Switzerland
In French with English subtitles
Kansas City FilmFest
At the Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet
1400 Main St., KC MO
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Winter Nomads is an adventure film, a contemporary road movie, a reflection of our current world, which takes us back to our roots. Carole (French) and Pascal (Swiss) embark on their winter transhumance with three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep, braving the cold and the snow, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. Transhumance, a centuries-old method of fattening sheep by allowing them to graze as they transfer from one seasonal pasture to another, is fast disappearing.
2012 European Film Awards: Best documentary film
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