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Poster for New French Shorts 2021

New French Shorts 2021

Opens on May 28

Director: Adrien Merigeau, Agnès Patron, Ariane Labed, Ilias Dupuis-El Faris, Lauriane Escaffre, Merryl Roche, Sofia Alaoui, Yvonnick Muller Run Time: 135 min. Rating: NR

Starring: Fouad Oughaou, Grégoire Tachnakian, Grégory Gadebois, Joséphine Japy, Madeleine Baudot, Nadia Moussa, Nisrine Benchara, Philippe Résimont, Romanna Lobach, Walik Rakik

Country: France
Language: French

Presented in our Virtual Screening Room

This annual showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France includes the Oscar-nominated animated short Genius Loci and César Award winners And Then the Bear and So What if the Goats Die? Boasting festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, and beyond, this feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative French shorts is sure to fill you with joie de vivre.

New French Shorts 2021 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

The Program:


Genius Loci

Director Adrien Mérigeau

Berlinale award winner and Academy Award nominee

This short centers on Reine, a young black woman and a loner. She sees within the urban chaos a mystical oneness that seems alive and guides her in her path to self-discovery and transformation.

Runtime: 16 min

By a Hair

Directors Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller

César Award winner and Official Selection of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

In three days, Elodie must take the hair removal exam for her beautician diploma. Her father would prefer she work with him in his butcher’s shop, but loves her so much that when her friend doesn’t show up to be her model for the exam, he reluctantly takes her place… with hysterical results.

Runtime: 21 min

Haute Cuisine

Director Merryl Roche

Official Selection of Palm Springs International ShortFest

Since Marie has joined the team at multi-starred chef Bruno Mercier’s restaurant, all she thinks about is improving herself. But Thomas, the sous-chef who manages the kitchen on a day-to-day basis, is wary of this possible rival. During her shift, Marie cuts herself, letting a few drops of blood fall into and mix with her sauce, giving new meaning to the term “blood rivals”.

Runtime: 24 min

So What if the Goats Die?

Director Sofia Alaoui

César Award and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner

Abdellah, a young shepherd living in the Atlas Mountains, is forced to brave the snow in order to get food and save his goats. Once he arrives at the village, he faces a supernatural phenomenon.

Runtime: 23 min

And Then the Bear

Director Agnès Patron

César Award winner and Cannes Palme d’Or nominee

In this fanciful animation, houses will burn through the night. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one shout to wake them all from their slumber!

Runtime: 14 min


Director Ilias El Faris

Champs-Élysées Film Festival Jury Prize winner

The beach in Casablanca is a playground for kids and the site of adolescent romantic encounters. But the police are always watching and no forbidden temptation is permitted. When a fight distracts their attention, two young lovers seize the opportunity to kiss…

Runtime: 10 min


Director Ariane Labed

Official Selection of Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, BFI London, and Cleveland International Film Festival

Olla replied to an advertisement on a dating website for women from Eastern Europe. She has just moved in with Pierre who lives with his elderly mother. But nothing goes as planned.

Runtime: 27 min

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