In this light-hearted musical comedy with a message, a North African pop group called Rap Oriental uses music to triumph over the bigotry and violence in their housing project...LEARN MORE
7 SONGS FROM THE TUNDRA
Filmmaker Anastasia Lapsui, a Nenet who hails from the Russian tundra, has combined the legends of her indigenous people with personal experiences in order to convey life under...LEARN MORE
ANIMATION OF ALEXEIEFF
This collection showcases the experimental animations of Russian-born artist/filmmaker Alexander Alexeieff and his American wife and collaborator, Claire Parker...LEARN MORE.
ARTS AND MYTHS
This Arte France television production takes viewers into the heart of the "first arts," introducing major artistic pieces from African, Oceania, South America, and Asia. Each of the six half-hour...LEARN MORE.
ARTS AND MYTHS VOL. 2
This Arte France television production returns to the heart of the "first arts," introducing major artistic pieces from African, Oceania, South America, and Asia. Each of the six half-hour...LEARN MORE.
This mysterious, genre-defying French film concerns a reclusive artist named Rene Bernard (Patrick-Mario Bernard), who lives and works in a beautiful old ballroom with his male lover...LEARN MORE.
BATAILLE DU RAIL
A remarkable and courageous film from noted French director Rene Clement (Forbidden Games), who completed the work during the final months of WWII under extremely dangerous...LEARN MORE.
BRIGANDS: CHAPTER VII
This crazy, satirical epic humorously portrays several eras in European history. Though the costumes and regimes change, the film suggests, the human motives of lust and greed remain...LEARN MORE.
BRIGITTE & BRIGITTE / UP & DOWN
Luc Moullet, an original member of the French New Wave and long-time Cahiers du Cinema critic, directed these two idiosyncratic comedies with a modern eye and an absurdist wit...LEARN MORE.
Genevieve, the village nurse, finds Celine, a confused girl with suicidal tendencies, wandering the ward of the hospital one morning. Genevieve takes the young girl home but is afraid to...LEARN MORE.
Canadian director Philippe Falardeau toys with coincidence, contrivance, and near-mystical encounters in this comic drama with as many twists of fate as there are twists of plot...LEARN MORE.
DIALOGUES OF THE EXILED
Chilean-born director Raul Ruiz may be cinema's most famous exile, with his most important work produced in France. In this semi-documentary film, patterned after Bertolt Brecht's...LEARN MORE.
DIARY OF A SUICIDE
Delphine Seyrig, Sami Frey, and Marie-France Pisier are featured in this 1973 debut from Yugoslavian-born filmmaker Stanislav Stanojevic. While cruising the Mediterranean with a tour...LEARN MORE.
Comprising three narratives, Arnaud des Pallieres' profound film meditates on the lingering impact of the Holocaust on France. The first tale concerns the last survivor, who laments not...LEARN MORE.
FILMS OF LUC MOULLET
Luc Moullet, original member of the French New Wave and long-time critic for Cahiers du Cinema, directed these distinctive documentaries that resonate with his absurdist view...LEARN MORE
FILMS OF RAUL RUIZ
Exiled Chilean director Raul Ruiz offers up three films that showcase his visually intense, highly metaphysical style. In Three Crowns of the Sailor (France, 1983, 117 mins.), a surreal...LEARN MORE.
HISTORY OF A SECRET
When filmmaker Mariana Otero was a young child, her mother disappeared. The family told Mariana and her sister, Isabel, that she had gone to work in Paris and never returned...LEARN MORE.
IT ALL STARTS TODAY
Bertrand Tavernier makes the everyday electric with this compelling portrait of a teacher and administrator struggling to make a difference in a system plagued by institutional...LEARN MORE.
JOAN THE MAID (I & II)
A brilliant interpretation of the story of Joan of Arc by French New Wave and post-New Wave master Jacques Rivette. With a ravishing performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as Joan, this...LEARN MORE.
LIFE THE WAY IT IS
The second film by Jean-Claude Brisseau (Secret Things) is this gritty story of working women in the modern world. Originally shot on 16mm for French television, Life the Way It Is....LEARN MORE.
LITTLE FAMILY CONVERSATION, A
French actress Helene Lapiower (Trouble Every Day) steps behind the camera to direct Petite Conversation Familiale, an intimate documentary that began as a chronicle of her Jewish family, who...LEARN MORE.
LOUVRE TREASURE: AWAKENING APOLLO
In the heart of the Louvre Museum, the Apollo Gallery offers a dazzling display of rich tapestries, monumental paintings, gilded ornamentation, and even the French crown jewels. But...LEARN MORE.
LUC MOULLET COLLECTION
A collection of the major films of Luc Moullet, the unknown genius of the French New Wave and long-time Cahiers du Cinema critic. The set includes: The Smugglers (1967, 81 mins.), which...LEARN MORE.
French novelist Marguerite Duras (Hiroshima Mon Amour) directs this elliptical, minimalist film about the domestic space of women, in which dull rituals mask an undercurrent of lurking...LEARN MORE.
Years ahead of its time, Stanislav Stanojevic's Camera Award-winning political drama comprises eight individual stories of human rights violations occurring simultaneously in Prague...LEARN MORE.
PIECE OF SKY, A
Benedicte Lienard's visually inventive and socially conscious drama draws bold connections between a woman imprisoned for labor violence (Severine Caneele, L'Humanite) and her...LEARN MORE.
POIL DE CAROTTE
Master French filmmaker Julien Duvivier (Under the Paris Sky, Pepe Le Moko) adapted this silent film with a powerful story of child neglect that resonates with relevancy...LEARN MORE.
REAL JOAN OF ARC, THE
In our collective memory, Joan of Arc is the teenage shepherd girl who was burned at the stake in Rouen after saving France from the English. But long-buried 15th-century documents suggest...LEARN MORE.
SMUGGLERS / A GIRL IS A GUN
From the mind of Luc Moullet, the unknown genius of the French New Wave, comes this pair of riotous comedies that capture the movement's sense of dislocation and anarchy. "Maybe the...LEARN MORE.
Director Stanislav Stanojevic (Notorious Nobodies) offers an absurdist allegory about the nature of political repression. A blind, paralyzed president uses his remarkable hearing and...LEARN MORE.
THREE CROWNS OF THE SAILOR
Celebrated filmmaker Raul Ruiz (Genealogies of a Crime, The Golden Boat) directs this surreal drama based on the southern Chilean island of Chilo's myth of "Caleuche", or "The Ship of...LEARN MORE.
WHO WAS KAFKA?
Franz Kafka, renowned author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial, is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Plagued by sleepwalking, Kafka wrote almost...LEARN MORE.
WORKERS FOR THE GOOD LORD
An unsettling blend of black comedy and melodrama, Workers for the Good Lord, directed by French maverick Jean-Claude Brisseau, was chosen as one of the top ten films of 2000 by...LEARN MORE.