Ciné-salon virtuel [weekly online event]

Starting April 3, every Friday at 2pm!
DONATION-BASED | PAY WHAT YOU WANT
[ONLINE EVENT]

Enjoy our best recommendations for French-language cinema, and join our new weekly ciné-salon online event to discuss them in French (to the best of your ability), led by one of our instructors!

During this time of quarantine, connect with others through our shared love of cinema and Francophone cultures. This is a great way to practice your French, but is first and foremost meant to entertain you and help us all socialize.

All levels are welcome to join. Our instructor Preston will lead the ciné-salon with thematic questions and organize discussion groups by level. 


HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Each week, we have chosen a film for you to view at home; our selections are available via various streaming services.
  • Every participant watches the film before the discussion at a time that fits their own schedule.
  • On Fridays at 2pm, participants can join the online Zoom meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/416709859 -  When prompted, enter your first name and your French level (A1, A2, B1, B2 or C1). This will help us organize discussion groups by level.
  • Instructions on how to join a Zoom meeting can be found here (jump to step 4).
  • A list of questions will be made available on this page a few days before each session, as a proposed structure for the discussion (see table below).
  • Have fun discussing the films with other participants in a relaxed atmosphere! Each event will last about 90min.

  JOIN THE VIRTUAL EVENT  


Suggested donation per session: $10 | Donations can be made here: https://www.afseattle.org/donations/
You may join the online event as long as you have seen the week's film!

SCHEDULE AND LIST OF FILMS

DATE

FILM

WHERE TO WATCH

SYNOPSIS & DOCUMENTS

Friday, April 3
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Paris, je t'aime
(Paris, I Love You)
by various directors

Watch on YouTube
or rent/buy on Amazon Prime

Set against a romantic Parisian backdrop, twenty filmmakers
explore the many faces of love in this delightful anthology film.

Documents:  QUESTIONS / TO HELP YOU GET ORIENTED

Friday, April 10
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Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob
(The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob)
by Gérard Oury

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or  Amazon Prime

A satirical laugh riot of mistaken identities starring beloved
French comedian, Louis de Funès, on the run from kidnappers ensuing a slapstick series of events to evade them. A French classic!

Friday, April 17
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Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love)
by Michel Leclerc

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or  Amazon Prime

Baya is a young, extroverted liberal who lives by the hippie slogan "Make love, not war." She seduces right-wing men to convert them
to her political causes - with exceptional results. That is, until she meets Arthur, a middle-of-the road scientist, and the sparks fly.

Friday, April 24

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Visages, Villages (Faces, Places)
by Agnès Varda

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or  Amazon Prime

Agnes Varda and artist JR travel around the villages of France
in a photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories,
and producing epic-size portraits of them.
Friday, May 1

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Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
(Welcome to the Sticks)
by Dany Boon

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or  Amazon Prime

In this popular comedy, Philippe, a post office manager,
plots to get transferred to the Côte d'Azur to make his wife happy. But it backfires, and he ends up in a small town in northern France.
Friday, May 8

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Mauvaises herbes (Bad Seeds)
by Kheiron
Watch on Netflix Troubled by his past, a scam artist who runs a petty racket
with his adoptive mom finds redemption
while mentoring a group of difficult students.
Friday, May 15

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Paris pieds nus (Lost in Paris)
by Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or watch on Amazon Prime

Filmed in Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's signature whimsical style, Lost in Paris stars the filmmakers as a small-town Canadian librarian and a strangely seductive, oddly egotistical vagabond.
Friday, May 22

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J'ai perdu mon corps (I lost my body)
by Jérémy Clapin
Watch on Netflix Romance, mystery, and adventure intertwine as a young man
falls in love and a severed hand scours Paris for its owner
in this mesmerizing animated film.
Friday, May 29

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Les Amours imaginaires (Heartbeats)
by Xavier Dolan

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or  Amazon Prime

Two close friends find themselves fighting for the affections
of the same striking young man. The more intimate the trio becomes, the more unattainable the object of their infatuation seems,
sending the friends' obsession into overdrive.
Friday, June 5

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Le Grand Bain (Sink or Swim)
by Gilles Lellouche
Rent/Buy on YouTube A group of 40-something men, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool's first ever all-male synchronized swimming team. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those
around them, the group set out an unlikely adventure.