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Film Festival presents ‘The Guardians’ premiere May 25-31


“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I from acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”).

“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I from acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”).


Originally Published: May 21, 2018 10:35 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new drama “The Guardians” — showing May 25-31 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

France 1915: Men on the battlefield; women on the homefront.

“The Guardians” is an affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience which unfolds against the backdrop of World War I.

The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family’s matriarch (Nathalie Baye), must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves.

Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (the César-winning director of “Of Gods and Men”) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War.

“Strikingly beautiful. Iris Bry’s performance is utterly magnetic.” — Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“A powerful portrait of women getting by in a world where all the men are gone or gone mad.” — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Xavier Beauvois opens up this isolated world with stirring emotional force.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“The Guardians” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 25-31. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 29, 30 and 31.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.