The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.



Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5:00pm

Paul Verhoeven, the iconic director of “Robocop” and “Basic Instinct,” is back and at his provocative best in “Elle.” Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible: The head of a leading video-game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to both her business and her love life. After she’s attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, Michèle reacts with her typically steely resolve by tracking down the man responsible. Both are soon drawn into a curious and thrilling game — a cat-and-mouse that threatens to spiral out of control at any moment. Variety raves: “You’ve never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like “Elle,” not least because the rape, revenge and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly disarranged. Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, and built around yet another of Isabelle Huppert’s staggering psychological dissections, Paul Verhoeven’s long-awaited return to notional genre filmmaking pulls off a breathtaking bait-and-switch: Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them.”

130 min.

Directed by

Paul Verhoeven



Film Category

International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Robert French and French-Language Focus Studio Spotlight





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