Belle épine

After the death of her mother, 17-year-old Prudence finds herself living alone in her Paris apartment. Then she meets Maryline, a rebel of her own age, who introduces her to the thrills of motorcycle racing on the biker circuit at Rungis. Prudence’s newfound lease of freedom becomes complicated when she falls for a boy Franck who wastes no time in taking advantage of her naivety…

Elles

Anne (Juliette Binoche), a well-off Paris-based mother of two and investigative journalist for ELLE, is writing an article about university student prostitution. Her meetings with two fiercely independent young women, Alicja (Joanna Kulig) and Charlotte (Anaïs Demoustier), are profound and unsettling, moving her to question her most intimate convictions about money, family and sex. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Give Me Your Hand

Inspired by the existential road movies of the 1970s, the film tells the story of Quentin and Antoine, a pair of identical 18-year-old twins who decide to hitchhike to their mother’s funeral in Spain. Their journey is marked by quarrels, confrontations, and reconciliations that reveal the deep-seated differences between the two young men. Both brothers struggle to accept each other as individuals while finding their places in an uncertain world.

Last Winter (L’hiver dernier)

A young farmer in Central France tries to sustain his spiritual connection to the land amid the crushing pressures of modern agriculture in this brooding drama.

Thérèse

An adaptation of François Mauriac’s 1927 novel “Thérèse Desqueyroux,” set to close the 65th Festival de Cannes.

Marguerite and Julien

Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet, son and daughter of the Lord of Tourlaville, have loved each other tenderly since childhood. But as they grow up, their affection veers toward voracious passion. Scandalized by their affair, society hounds them until, unable to resist their feelings, they flee. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]

The New Girlfriend

In acclaimed writer-director Francois Ozon’s provocative new film, Claire (rising French star Anais Demoustier) discovers a secret about the husband of her late best friend, Laura. Following Laura’s death, Claire reaches out to comfort bereaved David (Romain Duris), only to discover his secret: he enjoys dressing as a woman. With dashes of George Cukor and Douglas Sirk, Ozon elevates his exploration of femininity to a new level.

Bird People

In the Paris airport zone, two strangers are trying to make sense out of their lives: an American engineer under professional and emotional pressure who decides to radically change the course of his life, and a young hotel chambermaid who faces a life-altering supernatural experience. [Synopsis courtesy of Cannes Film Festival]