A voix haute - La force de la parole
Stéphane de Freitas, Ladj Ly | France | 2017

Every year the University of Saint-Denis holds the Eloquence Contest in order to choose ‘The best orator of 93’ (the latter figure being the number assigned to the Seine-Saint-Denis department). Students of all grades can participate with the assistance of professionals who coach them in the tricky art of speaking in public. During several weeks, they learn the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric and affirm their talents, making themselves known to others, but, above all, to themselves. With their newly acquired oratorial arsenal, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the rest of them face off in a bi [ ... ]

 

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Ernest et Célestine en hiver
Jean-Christophe Roger, Julien Chheng | France / Luxembourg / Belgium | 2017

Ernest is a very big bear with an artistic spirit and a generous heart. He lives with Célestine, a little orphan rat whom he welcomed into his home some time ago. Together they will live all kinds of adventures while they get ready for the arrival of winter. A new adaptation of the popular children’s stories by Gabrielle Vincent full of charm and positive values that preserves the beauty of the original illustrations.
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Fritzi - eine Wendewundergeschichte
Ralf Kukula, Matthias Bruhn | Germany / Luxembourg / Belgium / Czech Republic | 2019

East Germany, 1989. The wall that divides the country into two halves is about to collapse. Twelve-year-old Fritzi is looking after Sputnik, her best friend Sophie’s puppy, while she is on vacation with her family in Hungary. But fall comes and school starts —and Sophie has not returned yet. Fritzi and Sputnik go on an adventure to find her. Their steps lead them to discover the demonstrations that are repeatedly taking place in Leipzig and to understand what is happening in their country.
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How to Fake a War
Rudolph Herzog | Irland / Georgia / United Kingdom | 2019

When an unexpected outbreak of peace leads to a ceasefire between Russian forces and Georgian rebels, arrogant rock star Harry Hope fears for the success of his heavily hyped Piece of Peace global charity concert. Desperate, he dispatches his PR consultant, Kate, and her naïve intern, Peggy, to create a fake war story —until the concert, at least. Things go hilariously pear-shaped when rivals take up arms for real, with Kate and Peggy caught in the middle. [ ... ]

 

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Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes
Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert | France | 2017

A fox who is incapable of scaring or hunting down anyone has the clever idea of stealing eggs from a most peculiar farm. After incubating them and rearing the chicks...he will eat them. But upon hatching, the chicks think that the fox is their mother and he grows fond of them, which will complicate things for this neither evil nor big bad fox. This delightful farm is also home to a rabbit who acts like a stork under the watchful eye of a crazy duck. [ ... ]

 

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Les Oiseaux de passage
Olivier Ringer | France / Belgium | 2015

Cathy has a father with some very odd ideas: for her birthday, he gives her a duck egg to hatch and then become its mother. However, by chance, the first person the duckling claps its eyes on is Cathy’s wheelchair-bound friend Margaux. The newborn has identified her as its mama, but the girl’s parents don’t want to take care of it. To protect and save the bird, the two girls escape and embark on a journey of freedom, a voyage that will help them discover much more about themselves than about rescuing their web-footed friend.
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Perfect 10
Eva Riley | United Kingdom | 2019

14-year-old Leigh lives with her neglectful father on the outskirts of Brighton. She’s a talented gymnast, training hard for her first competition despite her lack of confidence, some bitchy fellow gymnasts and little money to pay for her fees. When an older half-brother appears at her house one night, Leigh’s lonely existence is altered. Mistrust gradually transforms into exciting new feelings as Leigh receives the attention she craves. But she is also exposed to the thrill and danger of moped crime. [ ... ]

 

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Phantom Boy
Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol | Belgium / France | 2015

Leo, an 11-year old boy from New York who suffers a serious illness, is a phantom boy: he can become invisible and fly through walls. He befriends Alex, a police officer temporarily stuck in a wheelchair. Alex was hurt by a mysterious gangster threatening the city with a dangerous computer virus. Together they are forced to look after Mary, a willful journalist who goes in search of the dangerous criminal and whom Alex secretly has a crush on. When Mary falls prey to the gangster, our duo has to use all their powers to find her, and save New York from destruction. [ ... ]

 

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Revolting Rhymes
Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh | United Kingdom | 2016

What if Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t so innocent or so red; what if the Three Little Pigs had speculated on their houses; what if Snow White had moved out because she couldn’t take her stepmother anymore; and what if Cinderella only dreamt of finding an honest man? If these were true, our classic tales would have originated from the imagination of Roald Dahl. This film is based on the much-loved children’s stories that the great Dahl revisited in his witty and caustic style. [ ... ]

 

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Wallay
Berni Goldblat | France / Burkina Faso / Qatar | 2017

‘Wallay’ depicts everyday life in Burkina Faso through the eyes of 13-year-old Ady. Ady actually lives in France, but his father has decided to send him on a long journey to relatives in West Africa. The boy is super excited at the prospect of a laid-back vacation in his father’s country of origin, but when he finally gets there, his uncle’s welcome is cold and reproachful. The other members of the family are happy to see this visitor from afar and try to ease the situation, but Ady soon realizes that his stay is not going to be exactly relaxing. [ ... ]

 

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