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SIFF ‘French Cinema Now’ Feature Films Set for U.S. On Demand Premieres Beginning Oct. 2nd

SIFF ‘French Cinema Now’ Feature Films Set for U.S. On Demand Premieres Beginning Oct. 2nd

LOS ANGELES / SEATTLE, September 30, 2020  ̶  TV5MONDE USA and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) are once again entering a content partnership and this year the channel's Cinema On Demand platform will exclusively present the French Cinema Now festival curated by SIFF. Six of the SIFF-selected films will be having their U.S. premieres and are available starting Friday, October 2nd.


Due to Covid-19 SIFF is currently offering virtual programming, and the festival has turned to TV5MONDE USA to present its hand-picked French Cinema Now film line-up via its Cinema On Demand platform.  The channel’s on demand service is available to subscribers of Comcast’s Xfinity, Fios by Verizon and Sling TV.


Remarked TV5MONDE USA Chief Operating Officer Patrice Courtaban, “We are excited to partner once again with SIFF for this year’s French Cinema Now festival. Taking our relationship to a new level by offering all of these SIFF films on our Cinema On Demand platform.”


Noted SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett, “We are so happy to be partnering with TV5MONDE to present these incredible French language films. Many of these are true discoveries, and mark some of the great cinematic voices working today.”


The following offers a look at the SIFF French Cinema Now films that will be presented exclusively on TV5MONDE USA’s Cinema On Demand platform. Several of these films are directed by women with many of them being emerging directors including Manele Labidi (Un divan à Tunis) and actress Sarah Suco, who is making her directorial debut (Les éblouis). Films marked by an asterisk are having their U.S. premieres.


* Petites danseuses (2020 / Little Ballerinas - English ST) 

Follow the lives of three young girls, ranging in age from 6 to 11, who are growing up in the intensely competitive world of professional dance.

Director: Anne-Claire Dolivet


* Les éblouis (2019 / The Dazzled - English ST) 

After her parents force their family to join a religious community, Camille worries only grow witnessing the group's cultish behavior. She vows to do anything to protect her siblings.

Director: Sarah Suco


*Le milieu de l'horizon (2019 / The Middle of the Horizon - English ST) 

During the summer of 1976, as Europe experiences an extreme heatwave and its worst drought in recent history, a young boy watches the tensions within his own family reach a boiling point.

Director: Delphine Lehericey


*Vers la bataille (2019 / Towards the Battle - English ST) 

Louis, a photographer, crosses the Atlantic in 1860 planning to capture images of the ongoing Mexican Revolution, but his destiny changes when he meets a local peasant.

Director: Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux


*Les particules (2019 / Particles - English ST) 

In a small town on the French-Swiss border, situated above the Hadron Collider, P.A. is finishing his last year of high school when he starts to observe a new phenomenon in the environment. The changes are hardly noticeable at first, but gradually his whole world seems to be on the brink.

Director: Blaise Harrison


La sainte famille (2019 / The Holly Family - English ST) 

Jean, a renowned academic, suddenly decides to become the Minister of Family, despite having no clue how to handle the own dysfunction within his own family.

Director: Louis-Do De Lencquesaing


Un divan à Tunis (2019 / A Couch in Tunis - English ST) 

After practicing for years in France, Selma decides to try and start her psychoanalysis practice in the suburbs of Tunis, but the colorful residents present new and interesting challenges.

Director: Manele Labidi


Emma Peeters (2018 / English ST) 

At 35 years old, Emma is ready to face the fact that she'll never become a famous actress. Just as she’s about to give up on life entirely, fate intervenes as Emma meets a funeral director named Alex.

Director: Nicole Paloe


Gloria Mundi (2019 / English ST) 

In Marseille, a young couple excitedly welcomes their new, baby daughter, Gloria, to the world. However, behind closed doors, they struggle not to let their hard times overshadow their newfound joy.

Director: Robert Guédiguian



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