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VIFF 2019: "Joan of Arc"

Controversial French auteur Bruno Dumont's take on the Joan of Arc story, a sequel to his 2017 film Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc. Read more

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VIFF 2019: Varda by Agnès

In her final film, French filmmaker Agnès Varda explains her approach to art and creativity with attention to detail and joy. Read more

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VIFF 2019 preview: "Miel-Emile"

An absorbing portrait of Emile Raaijmakers, also known as Miel, who lives a solitary life in the eastern Pyrenees of France. Miel-Emile, now almost 80 years of age, reflects upon the events of his life, and describes his personal philosophy. Read more

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VIFF: "Mademoiselle de Joncquières"

This French period film from Emmanuel Mouret follows in the footsteps of "Les Liaisons Dangeureuses," as (bachelor) Marquis and (widowed) Marquise engage in a verbal duel of wits and manners. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "A Paris Education"

This black-and-white film, about a young student filmmaker learning his craft in Paris, is an affectionate tribute to the French "New Wave" cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. Read more

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VIFF 2018: Le Grand Bal

Wild and riotous French people dance all night long to fiddles and hurdy-gurdies and pipes. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Faces Places"

Veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR travel the back roads of rural France in a mobile photo booth. Read more

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VIFF 2016: "Personal Shopper"

Kristen Stewart stars in a new film from French director Olivier Assayas, in a story that genetically recombines elements of both the thriller and horror genres. Read more

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VIFF 2016: "The Death of Louis XIV"

Doctors and courtiers hover anxiously in the wings as the Sun King, Louis XIV, suffers through the final stages of gangrene. Read more

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