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Jan. 26, 2012, 9:42 p.m. | Movies — by Alyona Zhuk

Tomboy's main character Lisa (right) falls for Michael (left) without knowing that he is actually a girl.
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Alyona Zhuk

Two movie festivals are happening in Kyiv this week: one of them is full of Serbian dramas, and the other one – “The evenings of the French films”- has five French movies in its schedule.
The Kyiv Post is presenting previews of the French films that will screen in the Kyiv cinema. To see a full schedule and previews of the Serbian movies, and more, please visit www.kievkino.com.ua.
MY WORST NIGHTMARE (MON PIRE CAUCHEMAR)
Comedy
France 2011, 103’
Language: French with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Anne Fontaine
Jan. 27 at 9 p.m., Jan. 30 at 9 p.m., Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.


Agathe’s world might seem perfect: she is a well-educated woman with sophisticated taste, she owns a chic art gallery and shares a posh apartment in the heart of Paris with her loving husband Francois and son Adrien.

But it appears that the more elegant the closet looks, the nastier skeletons hide in it. The marriage of Agathe and Francois has iced over long ago.

The fire of passion ignites in their house again when Francois invites a talky and booze-loving unemployed handyman Patrick to live with them, fixing things while he's at it. For cold and bossy Agathe, Patrick becomes a real headache, but she learns to tolerate his behavior, as their sons grow to be close friends.

And while Agathe spends more and more time with Patrick, Francois falls for Julie, a young social worker who helps Patrick to prove to the social services that he cares enough about his son for them not to take him away.


THE ARTIST
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Belgium 2011, 100’
Language: French with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.


Now that vintage jewelry made a huge comeback, after photographers are shelving their digital cameras to take photos with film cameras, it seems that silent movies are clawing their way back to big screens.

At least, one of them is. A silent and black-and-white movie, “The Artist”, has a chance of even getting an Oscar this year, as it is among the nine films nominated for Best Picture by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The film tells a story of a narcissistic silent actor George Valentin’s fall. When sound comes to Hollywood in the late 1920s, he just couldn’t bare it.

While Valentin decides to keep producing silent movies, his lover and one of his extras Peppy Miller becomes a film star, using all the advantages of her beautiful voice.


TOMBOY
Drama
France 2011, 84’
Language: French with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., Jan. 28 at 9 p.m., Feb.1 at 9 p.m.


Michael, who has just arrived to a little town close to Paris along with his parents and a six-year-old sister, is 10 years old.

He is funny, active and makes new friends easily. And he also is... a girl.

When Lisa first spotted the newcomer, she thought that the short-haired person is a boy. So Michael, who is actually called Laura, decides to play along at first.

But the game ends up to be a mess when it turns out that Lisa is in love with Michael.



17 GIRLS (17 FILLES)

Drama
France 2011, 90’
Language: French with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Delphine and Muriel Couline
Jan. 29 at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 at 9 p.m., Feb.1 at 7 p.m.


Most often, young women first grow up before getting pregnant. But 17 school girls from a small town in Brittany decide that pregnancy will be their ticket to adulthood.

When she discovers she is pregnant, Camille convinces her girlfriends that it’s cool, and from now on, only those of her friends who are also growing bellies, will be allowed into her inner circle.

To the shock of parents and teachers, girls get pregnant one by one, seducing or even bribing their boyfriends.

Based on a real story of 18 girls in America who agreed on a “pregnancy pact,” the drama provokes mixed feelings, from laughter to confusion and shows an unusual angle of the subject of early pregnancy.


A DISTANT NEIGHBORHOOD (QUARTIER LOINTAIN)
Fantasy, Drama
France 2010, 98’
Language: Russian with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Sam Garbarski
Jan. 29 at 9 p.m., Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.


People often fantasize about things they would change if they had a chance to travel to the past. But science doesn’t know any of such people.

However, a successful cartoonist called Thomas Zorn, takes the wrong train and travels to his home town 40 years back.

Without looking for reasons of such a journey or any clues that it’s not a dream, Zorn devotes all his energy and time to find out why his father had left his family, and to making him stay.

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