Five events not to miss at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival

Focus on the 11th edition of the festival dedicated to independent French and American cinema, which is being held in Paris from June 21 to 28.

Short, feature and medium-length films, competitions and previews, masterclasses and concerts, retrospectives and carte blanche… First helps you sort through the plethora of CEFF selections.

Ari Aster’s masterclass
In two shattering films (Heredity and Midsommar) and a handful of twisted short films, Ari Aster has established himself as one of the most promising American filmmakers of young American cinema. While we are eagerly awaiting his third feature, Disappointment Blvd.with Joaquin Phoenix, which should be one of the film events of the fall, the New Yorker is making a stopover at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival to present two of his favorite films (Demons at my doorstepby Jiang Wen, and Hic (from crimes to crimes) by György Palfi) and, above all, to dissect his cinema during a masterclass which promises to be the weekend’s must-see film buff.
Saturday June 25 at 5 p.m. at Le Balzac cinema

A new Bertrand Bonello
Among the event screenings offered by the festival, we will particularly watch out for Comaa new film by Bertrand Bonello, three years later Zombie Child. Already shown at the Berlin festival at the beginning of the year, expected in theaters in November, described by those who saw it as a kind of mutant work, Coma is the portrait of a teenager apprehending the world only through the screens and traveling between dream and reality, with Louise Labeque, Julia Faure and the voices of Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta and Gaspard Ulliel.
Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. at the Publicis Cinéma

The “Freed from Desire” selection
Have you seen (or even heard of) But I’m a cheerleader1999 American film starring Natasha Lyonne, rom com satirical inspired by retraining therapy camps? Or the experimental Nitrate Kisses, by Barbara Hammer, considered a revolutionary documentary, showing forgotten images of gay and lesbian culture? These two films compose, with No Sex Last Night by Sophie Calle and The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye, the “Freed from desire” selection: four feature films from the 90s, four feminine perspectives, “inhabited by the question of freeing desire”. We will be there.

Lots of Cannes films
Film critics have already seen them in Cannes, the Parisian public will in turn be able to judge them on their own, before their theatrical release in the coming months: The worstby Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize; The Super 8 Yearsdocumentary by Annie Ernaux and her son David Ernaux-Briot; hideousa musical and fantastic medium-length film by Yann A knife in the heart » González; Maria Schneider, 1983polyphonic evocation of the actress of Last Tango in Paris ; Our Ceremonies, portrait of adolescence signed Simon Rieth; or the sensual, furious and phenomenal Rodeoby Lola Quivoron.

The phenomenon Everything Everywhere All At Once
As a prelude to its French release on August 31, we will be able to discover a preview of this mega-cartoon surprise of the American spring, produced by two directors named Daniel (Kwan and Scheinert), already responsible for the UFO Swiss Army Man. A story of parallel worlds with Michelle Yeoh, produced by the Russo brothers, is on track to be the champion of the year in the category “it’s not just the franchises that work in the cinema. »
Closing film, June 28, at the Gaumont Champs-Elysées

All information about the Champs-Elysées Film Festival can be found here.

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