Fri., Jan . 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Festival Opening Night Wine and Cheese Reception
(access granted to all ticket and WM4F pass holders)
Friday 31 January at 7:00 p.m.
De Rouille et d’os (Of Rust and Bones) directed by Jacques Audiard
Presented by Jessica Cowing, PhD candidate at William & Mary
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 min., R, 2012)
Friday 7 February at 7:00 p.m
Alceste à Bicyclette (Cycling with Molière) directed by Philippe Le Guay
Presented by Prof. Giulia Pacini.
A once great actor, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini), has retired from the limelight. Too much pressure meant that one day, he simply decided he would act no more. For the past three years, he has lived in solitude on the Île de Ré, spending his time cycling through the windswept landscape. Fellow actor Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière’s play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the title role. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world. It would be wonderful to see him return in that part. But Serge plays hard to get. Instead of committing, he suggests they rehearse together for the week. Things look to be going well, especially when a mysterious Italian divorcee (Maya Sansa) brings a romantic spark into his life.
Friday 14 February at 6:00pm
Café de Flore directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Presented by Loic Bourdeau
Healing a broken heart isn’t easy. Sometimes it takes a lifetime…or two. Café de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love – euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. (120 min, NR, 2011)
Friday 14 February at at 9:30 pm
La vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Color) directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Presented by Professor Calvin Hui
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself. (179 min, NC17, 2013)
Fri., Feb 21 at 7:00pm
La Pirogue directed by Moussa Touré.
Presented by Professor Robert Vinson
A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them. (87 min., NR, 2012)
Fri., Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m
Tu seras mon fils (You will be my son) directed by Gilles Legrand
Presented by Professor Michael Leruth
A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. Paul is a demanding and passionate wine-maker but is a domineering father. He is not happy that his son may one day succeed him. He dreams of a son who is more talented, more charismatic . . . and more in line with his own aspirations. Things deteriorate as Paul’s trusted manager Francois is dying of cancer. When Francois’ son Philip, also in the wine business, returns from California to look after his father, Paul sees Philip as his ideal son and turns away from his own flesh and b