©️International Film Showcase

Thanks to the International Film Showcase (IFS), San Francisco Bay Area fans of French films will finally have the chance to see the 2021 César Award winner for Best Film, Lost Illusions:

  • Opening August 26, 2022 at the Orinda Theatre in Orinda and opening August 27, 2022 at the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa [Please note: these events have ended.]
postcard ©️Orinda Theatre Square

Lost Illusions is a 2021 French film adapted from the early-19th-century novel, “Illusions perdues” by French novelist and playwright, Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850).

The film, directed by Xavier Giannoli, was nominated for 15 César Awards and it won seven: Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Supporting Actor, and Most Promising Actor.

Film Synopsis from IFS: “Lucien de Rubempré, a young, lower-class poet, is madly in love with the baroness Louise de Bargeton. The risk of scandal forces them to flee to Paris where they hope to live and love freely. Lucien soon finds rejection and loses the baroness’s support. He finds himself alone, penniless, hungry, and humiliated until the day he seeks revenge by writing controversial – yet banal – articles. Inside the Paris he so coveted, he finds a cynical world where everything – and everyone – can be bought and sold. Can he find his way and remain faithful to his hopes and dreams…?”

IFS co-director, Efi Lubliner adds, “As you will see in this French historical drama, fake news is not a new invention.”

Watch the trailer for Lost Illusions:

About the International Film Showcase

The International Film Showcase, an arm of the Lamorinda Film and Entertainment Foundation (LFEF) began in January 2011 presenting (for one week a month) a local area premiere of an acclaimed international film not available on home media or television. 🎞