The third annual Chicago French Film Festival is currently taking place at the Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport in Lakeview. Whether viewing a contemporary French film or newly-restored classic, patrons can choose a general admission ticket for $10, an all-access pass for $75, or a 9-film pass for $50.
The festival features:
Director Jean-Baptiste Leonetti, France, 2011, 77 minutes
In this surreal horror film, Phillipe (Sami Bouajila) and Marie (Julie Gayet) meet in a brutal state-run school where they form a connection based on survival. Years later they are married but estranged and both are struggling to endure the ruthless, cold, infernal world they live in. Shows Wednesday, July 31 at 5:15 p.m.
The Chef (Comme un chef)
Director Daniel Cohen, France, 2012, 84 minutes
Chef Alexandre (Jean Reno) of the three-star restaurant Cargo Lagarde is facing a crisis. Much to his horror, the son of his retired business partner wants him to cut costs and introduce molecular gastronomy. Meanwhile, Jacky (Michael Youn), a self-trained cook with haute-cuisine ambitions, keeps getting canned from menial cooking jobs. Together these two masters of the kitchen cook up a recipe for comedy. Shows Tuesday, July 30 at 7:20 p.m.
The Dandelions (Du vent dans mes mollets)
Director Carine Tardieu, France, 2012, 89 minutes
Set in the 1980s, this charming story follows a precocious nine-year-old and her overprotective mother (Agnes Jaoui), Holocaust survivor father (Denis Podalydes), and eccentric child psychologist (Isabella Rossellini). Shows Tuesday, July 30 at 9:15 p.m.
Director Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1972, 98 minutes
Piano-playing Alain Delon and nightclub owner Richard Crenna both love Catherine Deneuve — who doesn’t? — only trouble is, one’s a post-burn-out cop and the other’s bent on the heist of a lifetime. Shows Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.
Director Regis Roinsard, France, 2012, 111 minutes
Rose (Deborah Francois) longs for a new life away from her grouchy widower father so she heads off to the city to find a job where she meets the charismatic Louis Echard (Romain Duris) in this throwback to love in the 1950s. Shows Thursday, August 1, 5 p.m.
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu)
Director Alain Resnais, France/Germany, 2012, 115 minutes
Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, the film features French stars Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli and Sabine Azema. Shows Tuesday, July 30 at 5 p.m.
You will be My Son (Tu seras mon fils)
Director Gilles Legrand, France, 2012, 102 minutes
Work, love and wine all play key roles in this family drama and psychological thriller that showcases the beauty of the Saint Emilion region of France. Shows Wednesday, July 31 at 9:15 p.m.
Closing Night Feature: 11.6
Director Phillipe Godeau, France, 2013, 102 minutes
On November 5, 2009, Toni Musulin (Francois Cluzet) made off with 11.6 million Euros. It was the heist of the century that took years of planning and preparation including extracting himself from a marriage and breaking with his sole friend. But oddly, just a few days after pulling off his headline-grabbing crime, Musulin turned himself in. This fictionalized account of Musulin’s famous exploit is based on the book Toni 11.6 by Alice Géraud-Arfi, who is the only person to interview Musulin in prison, where he is currently serving a five-year sentence in isolation. In the tradition of French romantic crime figures comes this portrait of a man for whom going to jail may actually be part of the master plan. Shows Thursday, August 1 at 7:20 p.m.
The Chicago French Film Festival is supported by the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the Music Box Theatre. A full schedule is available at www.chicagofrenchfilmfestival.com.