War of the Buttons

1960. The thrilling battles waged by a band of kids from two rival villages in the southern French countryside.

The Sicilian Girl

In 1991, 17-year-old Rita Atria visits a tireless anti-Mafia judge to denounce the organization responsible for the murders of her father and brother. Using meticulously recorded information from years of diary-keeping, Rita’s testimony is the linchpin for securing convictions of numerous figures in the Sicilian mob. Rita is a deep and impetuous heroine, motivated by rage and grief, and Veronica d’Agostino’s remarkable performance conveys all of the character’s complexities. In addition to the film’s nuanced characters, cowriter/director Amenta (who addressed the same true story in a 1997 documentary) vividly documents Sicilian village life and its desecration through cycles of crime and retribution. [Synopsis courtesy of San Francisco Film Society]

Paris 36

A star is born in a time of both celebration and instability in this historical drama with music from director Christophe Barratier. In the spring of 1936, Paris is in a state of uncertainty; while the rise of the Third Reich in Germany worries many, a leftist union-oriented candidate, Léon Blum, has been voted into power, and organized labor is feeling its new power by standing up to management.

Babysitting

In this riotous farce written by three of the members of the French comedy troupe La Bande à Fifi, Franck works a dead-end job at a publishing house. When his boss needs a last minute babysitter for his son Remy, Franck jumps at the chance to show the patron that he’s serious and responsible enough for a promotion. Arriving at the boss’s palatial digs, Franck only needs one look at Remy to know that he’s in for a long weekend, but the adolescent time-bomb is only the start of Franck’s problems after his friends show up to throw an epic blowout for his thirtieth birthday. When the boss returns home, he finds only an apocalyptic mess and a digital camera recording of the night’s monumental mayhem. But where have Franck and Remy gone? With irreverent nods to American comedies from Up to Jackass, this deliriously frenetic family comedy will keep you guessing. [Synopsis courtesy of COLCOA]