Bird People

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, December 12, 2014

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the French experimental drama “Bird People,” an official selection Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The movie takes place inside a hotel at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, a sometimes dreary site of travel slowdowns and inconvenience that transforms into a place of promise and hope as it serves to bring two lost souls, Gary and Audrey, together. Fed up with the stresses of his work and home life, Gary, an American businessman en route to Dubai, views his overnight layover as an opportunity to start fresh in Europe. For Audrey, a Parisian chambermaid, the hotel is her ticket through college and an opportunity to move on from a humdrum life. As their paths cross nearer in the halls of the hotel, their lives change in an unimaginable way. Directed by French filmmaker Pascale Ferran, who previously directed the 2006 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterly.” Starring Josh Charles, Anais Demoustier, and Radha Mitchell. In French, English, and Japanese, with English subtitles.

Director: Pascale Ferran
France (2014) • 128 minutes • Not Rated

SCREENING SPONSOR:
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Since 1983, L’Alliance Française has promoted French language and culture in Fresno and the central San Joaquin Valley. The organization provides: a lecture series in both French and English; a weekly French conversation group; a French language school; scholarships for students of French; co-sponsorship of area cultural events; traditional French celebrations; and collaboration with the Fresno Pétanque Club.

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Filmworks thanks Jewel FM 99.3, The Fresno Bee, Granville Homes, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate 'Bird People' is just that sort of risk-taking, existential adventure." — Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"There are plot twists, and then there is what Ms. Ferran does here, which is to transform — impetuously, improbably, and altogether marvelously — this somber, realistic tale into something else entirely. I don’t want to say exactly what, and I’m not sure I can." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate 'Bird People' is just that sort of risk-taking, existential adventure." — Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"There are plot twists, and then there is what Ms. Ferran does here, which is to transform — impetuously, improbably, and altogether marvelously — this somber, realistic tale into something else entirely. I don’t want to say exactly what, and I’m not sure I can." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.