Le Nom des gens

Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn’t hesitate to sleep with those who don’t agree with her to convert them to her cause – which is a lot of people, as all right-leaning people are concerned. Generally, it works pretty well. Until the day she meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who doesn’t like taking risks. She imagines that with a name like that, he’s got to be slightly fascist. But names are deceitful and appearances deceiving..

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.

The Names of Love

Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn’t hesitate to sleep with those who don’t agree with her to convert them to her cause – which is a lot of people, as all right-leaning people are concerned. Generally, it works pretty well. Until the day she meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who doesn’t like taking risks. She imagines that with a name like that, he’s got to be slightly fascist. But names are deceitful and appearances deceiving..

Out 1

While two dueling theater groups rehearse plays by Aeschylus (Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus Bound), two solitary individuals wander the Parisian streets hustling the populace for cash.

In the Courtyard

The courtyard of a Parisian tenement building and its endearing, quirky inhabitants with their fears and desires are at the centre of this zany tragicomedy. We meet the tenants through the eyes of Antoine, the new concierge. Among them are a drug-dealing bicycle thief who fills the yard with his bikes and a tenant with an obsessive-compulsive disorder who insists on keeping everything clean and tidy. Mathilde lives with her husband on the top floor; she has just retired and is trying to re-arrange her daily routine. Antoine sees a soul mate in this rather insecure individual, for his life has also been undergoing a sea change ever since this 40-year-old musician left the stage without a word mid-concert. The courtyard has become a refuge which he only leaves for moments such as when he steals rosebushes from the park to make his retreat greener. When Mathilde notices a crack in her apartment wall one day, she’s convinced the building is going to collapse. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]

Rendez-vous

A woman and three men. Nina, who’s come to Paris to act and sleeps with any man at hand, meets Paulot, a young estate agent; he’s smitten. She also meets Paulot’s flatmate Quentin, a compulsive who stalks her. To Paulot’s jealous dismay, she’s willing to sleep with Quentin, and wants Paulot’s friendship. After a desperate act by Quentin, Nina and Paulot share a flat, but she still won’t take him as a lover; instead, her energy goes into a production of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by a detached, intense man who becomes her father figure. Quentin’s ghost taunts her, Paulot wants to end all contact, and the director plans to return to London. The art of the theater may be her only refuge.