A Happy Event

She drove me into a corner, then forced me to go beyond my limits. She made me confront the absolute: love, sacrifice, tenderness, abandonment. She dislocated me, transformed me. Why didn’t anyone warn me? Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about this?” Un heureux événement, or an intimate view of motherhood, sincere and with no taboos.

Nights with Theodore

A party in a Parisian flat. Theodore meets Anna. Later in the night, while walking through Paris, they decide to climb the fence of Buttes-Chaumont Park. There, they will share their first night and they will continue to come back until this strange attraction begins to separate them. In Nights with Theodore, fiction meets documentary to show the mysteries and fantasies of Buttes-Chaumont Park. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]


Alex is twenty-seven years old. He sells shit and lives in the shadow of his brother Isaac, which after its support has become his burden. So when his cousin told him he opened a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex imagines finally get to change lives. Determined from Alex must therefore find the money and make Aliyah. But he will also leave everything: he loves Paris, Esther his former love, Mathias and his lifelong friend Jeanne he just met. Seized between Aliyah, selling drugs, his loves and a brother complex destructive, Alex must find her way. [Synopsis courtesy of Allocine -translated from French]

Grand Départ

A tender coming of age story of two brothers thrown into turmoil by their father’s declining health, GRAND DÉPART reveals a young man looking to his future, while struggling with his past. Between his domineering brother Luc (Jérémie Elkaïm) and his incorrigible father (César winner Eddy Mitchell), Romain (Pio Marmaï) finds that he can’t go on being the boy who does what is expected of him. Approaching 30, Romain decides that it’s time to face his family as an adult and, in the process, learn more about himself than he ever imagined.

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]