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New French Shorts 2015

Wednesday, January 14

Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (RABBIT) in person!

The third annual showcase for the best in new French shorts, this one-night-only event boasts a selection of comedy, animation and drama, including selections from Cannes and Rotterdam, the 2014 Cesar winner for Best Animated Short and the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. The program also features a sneak preview of RABBIT before its screening at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, as well as a Q&A with director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Presented by IFC Center and UniFrance films.

THE RUNAWAY – New York Premiere! (La fugue, dir. Jean-Bernard Marlin, 22 min.) Golden Bear for Best Short Film, Berlin Film Festival. A social worker from a group home for troubled youth takes one of his charges for a court hearing that will determine her future.

KIKI OF MONTPARNASSE – New York Premiere! (Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos, dir. Amelie Harrault, 14 min.) Cesar Award for Best Animated Short. An animated ode to avant-garde Paris of the early 20th century, inspired by the life of one of its muses.

THE AMERICA OF WOMANKIND  – US Premiere! (L’Amerique de la femme, dir. Blandine Lenoir, 18 min.) While chatting in the kitchen, three thirty- and fortysomething sisters, home visiting their mother in the country, realize that one of their teenage daughters is having sex upstairs.

AÏSSA (dir. Clément Tréhin-Lalanne, 8 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. After being detained by the police, a young illegal immigrant seeks protection as a minor, but a doctor must examine her to verify her story.

BUTTER LAMP – New York Premiere! (La lampe au beurre de yak, dir. Wei Hu, 15 min.) Official selection: Sundance, Rotterdam. In Tibet, an itinerant photographer offers clients a chance to travel the globe.

RABBIT – US Premiere! (dir. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 16 min.) Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2015. A woman held in a high-security prison in Washington State gets an unusual pet.