Ciné-salon virtuel [weekly online event]

Every Friday at 2pm!
[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 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 instructors 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. 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 the day 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.

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SCHEDULE AND LIST OF FILMS

DATE

FILM

WHERE TO WATCH

SYNOPSIS & DOCUMENTS

Friday, June 26 Add to Calendar

La Promesse de l'Aube
(Promise at Dawn)
by Eric Barbier

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on Amazon Prime

The life of French author Romain Gary, from his childhood through his experiences in World War II; and the story of his self-sacrificing mother, who raised him alone.

QUESTIONS

Friday, July 10 Add to Calendar

La Femme Nikita
by Luc Besson

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu

Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained to be a secret police assassin controlled by the government. Her lonely life is warmed when she falls in love with a man who knows nothing of her mysterious life.

Friday, July 17
Add to Calendar
Monsieur Lazhar
by Philippe Falardeau

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu / Amazon Prime / iTunes

An 11-year-old pupil discovers that one of the school teachers has just committed suicide. Bachir Lazhar arrives at the school to fill the tragic void and help the children cope with their loss.
Friday, July 24
Add to Calendar
Au revoir là-haut
(See You Up There)
by Albert Dupontel

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or Vudu

In 1918, just days before the Armistice, a tragic act of war intrinsically links two soldiers.
Friday, July 31
Add to Calendar
OSS 117 : Le Caire, nid d'espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies)
by Michel Hazanavicius

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu / Amazon Prime / iTunes

In this spy movie parody, French Office of Strategic Services agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath investigates the disappearance of his fellow agent and longtime friend Jack Jefferson. Disguised as the head of a wholesale chicken company, Hubert dispatches to Cairo amid the Suez Crisis.
Friday, August 7
Add to Calendar
Valse avec Bachir
(Waltz with Bashir)
by Ari Folman

Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu / Amazon Prime / iTunes

This animated documentary film follows its filmmaker's attempt to decipher the horrors that unfolded one night in September of 1982, when Christian militia members massacred more than 3,000 Palestinian refugees in the heart of Beirut as Israeli soldiers surrounded the area.
Friday, August 14
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Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)
by Céline Sciamma

Rent/Buy on YouTube
or Amazon Prime

France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.
Friday, August 21
Add to Calendar
Relève : Histoire d'une création (Reset) by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu / Amazon Prime / iTunes

Renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied attempts to rejuvenate the Paris Opera Ballet in his position as director.
Friday, August 28
Add to Calendar
120 Battements par minute (BPM (Beats Per Minute)) by Robin Campillo

Watch free on Kanopy or Rent/Buy on YouTube / Vudu / Amazon Prime

Nathan is a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris. As he attends the weekly meetings, he learns that some members prefer a more radical approach to their protests.

FILMS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED BY AFSEATTLE'S CINÉ-SALON

DATE

FILM

WHERE TO WATCH

SYNOPSIS

Friday, April 3

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.

Friday, April 10

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

Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love)
by Michel Leclerc

Watch free on Kanopy or 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

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

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

Watch free on Kanopy or 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

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

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

Watch free on Kanopy or Amazon Prime or rent/Buy on YouTube

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

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 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 Le Grand Bain (Sink or Swim)
by Gilles Lellouche
Watch free on Kanopy or 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.