The most anticipated, not-to-be-missed, most buzzed-about films of the festival circuit – from award winners and high-profile projects to celebrities and master directors.

 

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FRANKIE webFRANKIE

September 22 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 28 at 9:30 PM at Eau Claire + September 29 at 11:45 AM at Eau Claire

Isabelle Huppert leads an all-star cast in American filmmaker Ira Sachs' first film to be invited into the main competition at Cannes Film Festival.

Isabelle Huppert is Frankie, a famous and beloved French actress who has recently learned she has a limited time to live. She invites her family and close friends to join her for a vacation in the idyllic town of Sintra, Portugal. 

Ira Sachs (KEEP THE LIGHT ON, LOVE IS STRANGE, LITTLE MEN) makes sure that this rumination on life, love and relationships is firmly centered around Huppert's delightfully subtle and witty performance. The supporting cast - Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson and Jérémie Renier, flit in and out like satellites in her gravity. Fans of Eric Rohmer will recognize Pascal Greggory - the hunky male lead in the 1983 classic PAULINE AT THE BEACH. They will also recognize FRANKIE as a spiritual cousin to Rohmer's work.

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JUDY

September 20 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 21 at 10:45 AM at Eau Claire

Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger returns to the Best Actress race in the musical biopic JUDY.

It's 1968 and Judy Garland is in the midst of a career slump and is the frequent subject of negative press. Her relationships are strained and her addictions are worsening. With the help of her scandalously young fiancé, Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock) she accepts an invitation to London to perform a series of concerts in the hopes of rebuilding her star power and saving her career.

Based on the Peter Quilter's award-winning play END OF THE RAINBOW and directed with a deft touch by Rupert Goold (TRUE STORY), JUDY is a moving musical tribute to a true legend.

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LES MISÉRABLES 

September 24 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 28 at 1:45 PM at Globe Cinema

Ladj Ly's scalding drama is a modern take on the classic tale of police corruption and its victims.

Inspired by the 2005 riots that took place in Montfermeil - the same neighbourhood from Victor Hugo's classic - Ladj Ly's debut feature follows Stéphane, a newly-arrived member of the Anti-Crime Brigade who police the area. His partners are the fiery, toxic alpha male, Chris; and the tender-hearted Gwada. When a confrontation with a Muslim youth goes sideways - and gets caught on video by a drone flying overhead, the three men are set on a path that risks spiralling out of their control.

Julien Poupard’s widescreen cinematography is practically a character on its own- lending a pulse-pounding, kinetic appeal to the film. Previously a documentarian, Ladj Ly brings that realism into his debut narrative feature which was invited into the main competition at this past May's Cannes Film Festival. The film's full-boil final sequence will sear its way into your memory.

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MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL 

September 20 at 7:00 PM at Globe Cinema + September 22 at 1:30 PM at Eau Claire

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. A singular force of nature. The very embodiment of cool. And just as relevant as ever.

The central theme of Miles Davis' remarkable life, and of this riveting documentary, is Davis' restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. Through the stunning use of a treasure trove of archival photos, home movies (shot by Miles and his friends & colleagues), manuscripts and original paintings, MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL really dives deep into the sometimes troubled soul behind the music. 

Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; this fascinating film explores why Miles Davis continues to be such a relevant voice in today's world.

PARASITE web

PARASITE

September 21 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 29 at 2:45 PM at Globe Cinema - Advance tickets sold out, Rush Line only

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this exhilarating mix of suspense and satire is one of the year’s must-see films.

A family of four are struggling to make ends meet while living in squalid conditions. A glimpse of hope arrives when the younger son, Ki-woo, gets a chance to work as a tutor in Mr. Park’s wealthy household thanks to a fake diploma created by his sister Ki-jung. Ki-woo is an instant hit and his pupil falls for him. When he learns that the household needs another tutor, he deceitfully gets his sister the job without revealing her identity. Ki-woo, Ki-jung and their parents believe they can milk the Park family but their plans spiral out of control.

Bong Joon-ho (SNOWPIERCER, THE HOST) returns to top form with an absolutely remarkable film that is also a smart social commentary. Strap yourself in for one of the wildest cinematic rides of the year!

PORTRAIT LADY FIRE web

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

September 27 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 29 at 6:00 PM at Globe Cinema

Céline Sciamma won Best Screenplay and the Queer Palme at the Cannes Film Festival for this sensuous tale about a painter and her subject.

In the late 19th century, Marianne is called to a remote island off the Brittany coast of France, where she is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse. Having just left the convent, Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and has refused to sit for the portrait. This forces Marianne to work in disguise - pretending to be the lady's maid by day, while secretly working on the portrait by night. As the two circle one another with an intense curiosity, they form a bond that will challenge the world around them.

Sciamma wowed the world with her previous work, GIRLHOOD. Even with those high expectations, she manages to up her game with PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel soar in their roles, evoking a chemistry that threatens to melt the screen before our very eyes. As TIME magazine wrote: "PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is a film of incandescent scenes and staggering wonder."

SORRY WE MISSED YOU webSORRY WE MISSED YOU 

September 21 at 4:30 PM at Eau Claire + September 28 at 11:30 AM at Globe Cinema

A hard-up delivery driver and his wife struggle to get by in modern-day England in Ken Loach's follow-up to his Cannes winner I, DANIEL BLAKE.

Ricky, Abby and their two children live in Newcastle. Ricky has skipped from one labouring job to another while Abby, who loves her work, cares for the elderly. Despite working longer and harder than ever they realize they will never have independence or their own home. It’s now or never; the app revolution offers Ricky a golden opportunity. He and Abby make a bet. She sells her car so Ricky can buy a shiny new van and become a freelance driver, with his own business at last. The modern world impinges on these four souls in the privacy of their kitchen; the future beckons.

Ken Loach has made his cinematic mark telling the stories of England's working classes since his 1967 debut film POOR COW. He is deservedly one of the very few filmmakers who have won the Palme D'Or two times for THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY and I, DANIEL BLAKE. SORRY WE MISSED YOU continues that great social realist tradition and is the type of film that will stick with you long after the screen has gone dark.

SPECIALS

THE SPECIALS

September 23 at 7:00 PM at Eau Claire + September 28 at 10:30 AM at Eau Claire

From the makers of THE INTOUCHABLES comes an inspiring story of two friends who have dedicated their lives to caring for young people with profound autism.

Filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have had the story of THE SPECIALS in mind for years. The real subjects who are the basis for the film actually care for one of Toledano's relatives, a familiarity which lends THE SPECIALS its warmth. Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb portray Bruno and Malik. Bruno's organization houses 40 teens and young adults whose symptoms are so extreme, other not-for-profits reject them. Malik's group trains young people from low-income neighbourhoods on how to become caretakers for the residents in Bruno's home. The heart of the film is the partnership the two have crafted in their devotion to serving others. 

Vincent Cassel delivers one of his best performances in years and THE SPECIALS is one of the most heart-warming films of 2019.