New French Shorts 2020 currently streaming at both Lumiere Cinema & Laemmle Theatres

By Oliver Carnay

The annual showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to queer romance to absurdist comedy.

Revel in these charming, petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes, Locarno & more currently playing at LA Virtual Theatrical screenings at both LUMIERE CINEMA & LAEMMLE THEATRES

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Full list of cities:

**Ticket purchases help support closed art house theaters**

New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Full program line-up:

AHMED’S SONG (Le chant d’Ahmed)
Director: Foued Mansour
Winner of Bridging the Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

Ahmed, employed at the public baths and nearing retirement, encounters Mike, a teenager adrift. Between the bath house walls, a friendship will develop between these two fractured souls. (30m)

SHEEP, WOLF, AND A CUP OF TEA (Moutons, loup et tasse de thé)
Director: Marion Lacourt
Official selection: 2019 Locarno Film Festival

At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom…(12m)

(Mardi de 8 à 18)
Director: Cecilia de Arce
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Critics Week

Névine, a secondary school monitor, is committed to her thankless day job, dealing with teachers, administration & students. Logan, a pupil she is fond of, insists on getting a cap back from lost and found. She has no idea of the consequences of her gesture. (26m)

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (La distance entre nous et le ciel)
Director: Vasilis Kekatos
Winner of Short Film Palme d’Or and Queer Palme at Cannes 2019

Two strangers meet for the first time one night in a remote gas station. The first one fills up his car, while the second one lacks a few euros necessary to get home. They haggle & sparks fly. (9m)

(Le coup des larmes)
Director: Clémence Poésy
Official selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival

Florence is an actress & preparations for a new role will challenge her in a way she could never have seen coming…by way of an ex-girlfriend. (25m)

MAGNETIC HARVEST, (La traction de pôles)
Director: Marine Levéel

Mickaël seems to move in a nebula of desires: find his lost pig, get his organic farming certification, stop being lonely. But from afar, Mickaël looks more like a magnet attracted to Paul. (24m)

Special bonus short!

THE GLORIOUS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF NICOLAS CHAUVIN (Le discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin)
Director: Benjamin Crotty
Official selection: 2018 New York Film Festival | Winner of Mantarraya Award

During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin – farmer soldier, veteran of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and the father of chauvinism – embarks on a grand monologue, sending him back in time and space. Until, at a bend on a moonlit road, a spectral encounter changes the course of his non-existence. (26m)

Kino Marquee is a new initiative that creates “virtual cinemas” for temporarily closed independent theaters. Local audiences support their community’s theater in these uncertain times by buying a virtual “ticket” to watch the film. Their ticket purchases directly support their local art house as all revenue is being shared between distributor and exhibitor, just as if they bought their ticket at the theater’s box office. Kino Marquee currently works with over 350 art house theaters across the nation.


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