King of Hearts

France, 1966, 102 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Philipe de Broca, French, German & English with English subs


Coral Gables Art Cinema Wed, May 2, 2018 6:30 PM
Coral Gables Art Cinema Thu, May 3, 2018 6:30 PM


During World War I Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent on a mission a village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of a local psychiatric hospital who escaped after the villagers deserted. Assuming roles like bishop, duke, barber and circus ringmaster, they warmly accept the visitor like their King of Hearts. With his reconnaissance and bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside. Since its debut, King of Hearts has become an international cult favorite and stands out as one of director Philippe de Broca’s most memorable films. Fifty years after its original release, this satirical look at the absurdities of war is presented in a gorgeous new 4K restoration for modern audiences to discover.