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Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Berkeley

Discover the best of independent French and American cinema coming directly to EB—all films are premiering in Berkeley. Committed to uncovering new talent, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival invites you to two days of short films, medium-length, and feature length films! This moving film festival is ending their U.S tour at EB, and the EB community is invited. Films are appropriate for 18+ years of age.

Grand festival international de cinéma à Paris, Champs-Élysées Film Festival est le rendez-vous incontournable pour découvrir le meilleur du cinéma indépendant français et américain. Dédié à la découverte de nouveaux talents, le festival se veut être une passerelle entre les cinématographies françaises et américaines ainsi qu’une plateforme de rencontres de la jeune création et de l’indépendance tant cinématographique que musicale. 

Thursday, November 10 at Ecole Bilingue

FREE EVENT FOR ADULTS 18+

Justine Lévêque, Artistic Director

Champs-Elysées Film Festival is pleased to present a selection of short films offering a panorama of French independent production and demonstrating the intelligence and creative power of a new generation of directors. Made up mostly of first-time directors, the films showcase broad range, from documentaries to memorable experimental excursions to remarkable animations. A panorama of journeys and places, encounters and memories that also question the land. Short films that create a unique map of our country and our time, that make us dream and reflect on the state of the world and our state of being, and allow us to see everything differently, with strength, courage and the love we always come back to.

EVENING PROGRAM

Join us for an evening of short and medium-length films that celebrate upcoming French and European directors at our Lower School on Thursday, November 10, from 7-9pm. 
 
The event is open to the public & free. The Artistic Director, Justine Lévêque, will be in attendance and give an introduction. Please note there is limited seating of 125 and the screening will take place at:
 
Lower School Multipurpose Room
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
1009 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley


FILM SCREENING — THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

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  • Planète Triste, by Sébastien Betbeder

    • Rémi has directed a few short films that did not meet with the resounding success he had hoped for. So this year, he has agreed to lead a film workshop in a high school in the Paris suburbs. As the weeks go by, a more intimate bond will develop between him and the students.
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Learn more about the film
  • Au Revoir Jérome, by Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet & Chloé Farr

    • Having just arrived in paradise, Jérôme starts looking for his wife Maryline. In the course of his search, he sinks into a surreal and colorful world in which no one seems able to help him.
    • Animated film
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Learn more about the film
  • La flûte enchantée, by Geordy Couturiau

    • Arnaud, overwhelmed by his debts and a dying mother, meets Momo, a singular and mischievous magician from his neighborhood. This encounter will not ward off bad luck, quite the contrary... But could the discovery of an old flute be the solution to all their problems and change their destiny?
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Winner of Grand Prix du Jury at the CEFF in June
    • Learn more about the film
  • Sardine, by Johanna Caraire

    • Eve, 35 years old, has just lost her grandmother. She had promised to accompany her to the island of Lanzarote to celebrate the Burial of the Sardine, a pagan rite that celebrates chaos. Eve lands alone on the volcanic island. As soon as she arrives, her retreat is disrupted by her two best friends, Bonnie and Rita, who have come to surprise her.
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Learn more about the film
  • Séparation, by Aurélien Achache

    • Kiev, early 1960s. While in space, an astronaut remembers his family and his childhood. What brought him to this precise moment?
    • Language: Russian with English subtitles
    • Winner of the Prix du Public at the CEFF in June
    • Learn more about the film
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Friday, November 11 at Pearson Theater

ADULTS 18+

Justine Lévêque, Artistic Director

Emérance Dubas' Mauvaises Filles makes its world premiere and immediately joins the ranks of great documentaries of social, societal and historical scope by revealing the fate of thousands of young girls who were placed in the institutions of the Good Shepherd congregation. Initiated in 2015 and developed within the Fémis documentary workshop, Emérance Dubas' first feature film lifts the veil on unspeakable and unimaginable treatments to restore the truth. “There are things I have never told anyone.” Thus begins this powerful series of testimonies, confidences & traumas shared by Edith, Michèle, Eveline and Fabienne, filmed with modesty and subtlety. Mauvaises Filles is an intimate, political and sororal film—a remarkable, resilient and absolutely necessary work of intense humanity.

EVENING PROGRAM

On Friday, November 11, from 6:30-9pm, we invite our EB community to join us for an exclusive feature film (California premiere), with an intimate discussion with the festival’s Artistic Director, Justine Lévêque, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Tickets are $25 per person, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will take place at the select and beautiful Pearson Theater at Meyer Sound, across the street from the Lower Campus. Please note there is limited seating of 55.

Pearson Theater
Meyer Sound
2837 10th Street
Berkeley CA 94710


FILM SCREENING — FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

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  • Mauvaises Filles*, by Emérance Dubas

    Exclusive viewing. Californian Premiere; premiering in France on November 23, 2022.
    • Disobedient, rebellious, misunderstood or simply unloved. Like so many other women in France, Édith, Michèle, Éveline and Fabienne were placed in a reformatory as teenagers. Today, upheld by an incredible inner strength, they tell their stories and reveal the shocking fate awaiting these "bad girls" until the end of the 1970s.
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Learn more about the film
    *This film features intense subject matter and references abuse which may be triggering to some viewers.
  • Au Revoir Jérome, by Adam Sillard, Gabrielle Selnet & Chloé Farr

    • Having just arrived in paradise, Jérôme starts looking for his wife Maryline. In the course of his search, he sinks into a surreal and colorful world in which no one seems able to help him.
    • Language: French with English subtitles
    • Animated film
    • Learn more about the film
Fondé en 2012 par la productrice, distributrice et exploitante Sophie Dulac, Champs-Élysées Film Festival réunit chaque année plusieurs milliers de spectateurs et professionnels sur les Champs-Élysées et rassemble le temps d’une semaine le cœur de la création cinématographique contemporaine en présentant des films audacieux, ambitieux, inédits et en célébrant la liberté, l’engagement et l’authenticité.

All Are Welcome! (Anti-Discriminatory Policy)

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. This policy applies to all programs, services, and facilities, including applications, admissions, and employment.