Films by Language


36, quai des Orfèvres

Olivier Marchal

Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil go head to head in this sleek cop vs cop drama, a hit in France late last year. "This stylish, relentlessly moody cop saga benefits from crackerjack scripting, intriguing motivations and excellent performances." — Variety

The Ax

Le Couperet


"A jet-black social comedy marbled with delectably handled close calls, The Ax puts the merciless world of downsizing, outsourcing and other capitalist trends on the chopping block." — Lisa Nesselson, Variety

The Child


Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

We’re proud to present the winner of this year’s Palme d’Or direct from the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a riveting, at times alarmingly suspenseful moral tale of a feckless young hustler whose cavalier attitude to fatherhood takes him into very deep waters indeed. “A profoundly moving and engaging realist picture.” — The Guardian


Agnès Varda

Three very different short films about still photography by the French New Wave’s 76-year-old doyenne. “Agnes Varda's photography is pure joy… For photo buffs and Varda fans, it's a can't-miss.” —

A Common Thread


Éléonore Faucher

“It is a small film but one made with great craft, and control that gently seduces the audience with its sympathetic characters and human-interest drama.” — Allan Hunter, Screendaily

Hari Om


This light and lively road movie tours the architectural and topographical splendours of Rajasthan with auto-rickshaw driver Hari Om and a beautiful French passenger.

Hell on Wheels


Pepe Danquart, Werner Swiss Schweizer

This spectacular documentary captures the astounding poetry of the world’s toughest cycling race, the century-old Tour de France – and gets in close with the 2003 German T-Mobile team.



Michael Haneke

Tough, provocative and utterly gripping, this year’s opening night film is a psychological thriller by a filmmaker at the top of his formidable powers. Winner of the best Director Award at Cannes, Hidden is poised to be the year’s most hotly debated film.

High Tension

Haute tension

Alexandre Aja

Mysterious hulking deviant pursues female college students in the most devilish cat-and-mouse chiller in years.

The Intruder

Claire Denis

"[Claire] Denis is one of cinema's greatest narrative poets, and The Intruder, the story of an adventurer, is her most adventurous cinematic poem." — Amy Taubin, Film Comment

Kings and Queen

Rois et reine

Arnaud Desplechin

This marvelously unpredictable tragicomedy concerns the lovely, rather enigmatic Nora and the constellation of males circling her: aging father, young son and former flame. “If there’s a more humane, joyous, tragic, life-affirming movie to be found at the moment, I’m not aware of it.” — LA Weekly

Le Pont des Arts

Eugène Green

Compelling and eccentric, this boldly stylized film elucidates the unfulfilling love lives and fledging vocations of two young couples in 70s Paris.

Look at Me

Comme un image

Agnès Jaoui

A sharply observed drama of celebrity and its casualties set in the Parisian publishing and music worlds. “A delightful metropolitan comedy… this is a French triumph.” — The Guardian


Jonathan Nossiter

“A fascinating picture on wine as business and pleasure, poetry and philosophy, a way of life and a form of colonialism.” — Philip French, The Observer


Ousmane Sembene

In this stirring film by the 81-year-old father of African cinema, the defiant wife of an elder in a West African village refuses to allow four girls to undergo the traditional initation rite. “It makes a powerful statement and at the same time contains humor, charm and astonishing visual beauty.” — Roger Ebert

The Ordeal


Fabrice du Welz

Breathing new life into the ‘car trouble leaves protagonist stranded’ formula, this perverse film twists conventions and delivers one creepy and funny Gothic horror.

The Tenth District Court: Moments of Trial

10e Chambre, instants d'audiences

Raymond Depardon

Various petty felons and their defenders confront a formidably sensible magistrate – and she metes out French justice in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall courtroom documentary.