Goodbye First Love

It’s Spring 1999 and Camille, 15, and Sullivan, 19, love each other passionately. Following the progression of this young, first love, the affair evolves from initial rapture to heartbreak as Sullivan decides he wants to travel the world before settling down. Driven to despair, Camille suffers deep emotional turmoil and must learn to deal with his absence. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Bluebeard

Blue Beard is the story of two sisters and a monster. Catherine Breillat’s new film shows two girls recounting their favorite fairy tale of a wife-eating ogre as they transpose themselves onto the Charles Perrault classic. Two young sisters are home alone in present day France. The younger of the two decides to torment the older by reading the story of “Blue Beard”. The tale parallels that of those telling it, in “Blue Beard” there are also two sisters. The girls live in 16th century France and are thrown out of their school and into poverty when their father dies.

Iris in Bloom (En Ville)

Iris is 16 and finishing her teenage years in a small provincial town when she meets Jean, a 40 year old photographer from Paris. Over the course of their meetings, their relationship evolves to an amorous friendship that will turn their lives upside down.

Something In the Air

Set in the early 1970s, Gilles (newcomer Clément Metayer) is a high school student in Paris, swept up in the political fever of the time. Yet his real dream is to paint and make films, something that his friends and even his girlfriend (Goodbye, First Love’s Lola Créton) cannot understand. For them, politics is everything: the social struggle all-consuming. But Gilles gradually becomes more comfortable with his life choices and learns to feel at ease in this new society. [Synopsis Courtesy of Palace Films.]

Bastards

Acclaimed director Claire Denis’s jagged, daringly fragmented and darkest film is a genuinely contemporary film noir inspired by recent French sex ring scandals involving men of wealth and power. Vincent Lindon (Denis’s Friday Night) stars as Marco, a sea captain gone AWOL to avenge his brother-in-law’s suicide and to rescue his estranged sister and his teenaged niece (Lola Créton, Goodbye First Love); Chiara Mastroianni (A Christmas Tale) is Lindon’s married lover, who has sold her soul in exchange for the security of her young son; and the remarkable Michel Subor is her husband – a sleazy financier who is the very embodiment of an evil beyond comprehension.