2015, Magnolia Pictures, 123 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Mathieu Amalric reprises the role of Paul Dédalus from Arnaud Desplechin’s MY SEX LIFE … OR HOW I GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT in this origin story. Paul, now an anthropologist, prepares to leave Tajikistan and reflects on his life in a series of flashbacks covering three periods: his troubled childhood in Roubaix (newcomer Quentin Dolmaire portrays Paul as an adolescent); his trip to the U.S.S.R., where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian; and university life, with its shifting circle of friends and their casual betrayals. But most of all, he remembers Esther (Lou Roy-Lecollinet), the beautiful, rude, haughty love of his life. An SACD Award winner at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

2017, Magnolia Pictures, 135 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away; now Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of the film-within-a-film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel), who, in a nod to earlier Desplechin films, is the brother of recurring character Paul Dédalus. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past and proves yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. This is the full-length director’s cut of the film, 20 minutes longer and markedly different in tone from the version that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

2009, Flicker Alley, 94 min, France, Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea

Among the most legendary unfinished films in world cinema, INFERNO was extinguished after three weeks of shooting in 1964, leaving behind 15 hours of stunning imagery unseen until now. Noted preservationist Serge Bromberg and co-director Ruxandra Medrea have reconstructed Henri-Georges Clouzot’s tale of all-consuming jealousy starring Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani, bridging gaps with interviews, storyboards and re-enactments. The resulting hybrid of documentary and narrative film is a hypnotic look at the intersection of madness and creativity. In French with English subtitles.

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