THE FIRST, THE LAST
LES PREMIERS LES DERNIERS
2016, 98 min, France/Belgium, Dir: Bouli Lanners

Writer-director Bouli Lanners and Albert Dupontel costars as bounty hunters scouring a bleak countryside in search of a cellphone in this off-beat ensemble drama. Along the way they find a young couple on the run, Jesus, and an elderly undertaker (Max von Sydow). A Panorama winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. In French and English with English subtitles.


THE WHITE KNIGHTS
LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS
2015, 112 min, Dir: Joachim Lafosse

Director Joachim Lafosse earned the Best Director award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for this engrossing drama based on actual events. In response to the civil war in Darfur, Sud Secours chairman Jacques Arnault (Vincent Lindon) plans to bring 300 orphaned children back to France for adoption. With a television reporter (Valérie Donzelli) in tow, he heads to the region only to become embroiled in a humanitarian fiasco.


TOKYO FIANCÉE
2014, 100 min, Belgium/France/Canada, Dir: Stefan Liberski

East meets West in this playful adaptation of Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel. Though raised in Belgium, Amélie (Pauline Etienne) was born in Japan and longs to return there; a job as a French tutor is her ticket. Her student Rinri (Taichi Inoue) is also in his early 20s and is as smitten with France as Amélie is with Japan. The two grow closer - despite several comic misunderstandings. In French and Japanese with English subtitles.


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