Indy Film Fest's inaugural Spring Film Series kicks off with Le Havre, a Sundance and Toronto Film Festival selection and Finland's official submission for Foreign Language Oscar consideration.
About the film: In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoeshiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. dir. Aki Kaurismäki / France/Finland 2011 / Color / 93 min / in French with English subtitles
Praise for Le Havre:
"Grade: A! A perfect, deadpan, impishly optimistic fairy tale." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Four stars! There is nothing cynical or cheap about it, it tells a good story with clear eyes and a level gaze, and it just plain makes you feel good." - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
"Recommended! One of Aki Kaurismäki's warmest, most engaging films." - Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Pure pleasure!" - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Read all the praise about this gem of a film.
Learn more about the entire Spring Film Series, including Tyrannosaur, King of Devil's Island, The Interrupters, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Bellflower.
When & Where
Indianapolis International Film Festival
For years, the Indianapolis International Film Festival has been bringing the best in independent film to audiences in and around Indianapolis. The Indy Film Fest seeks to create a shared experience around film.