Champs-Elysées Film Festival US Tour [online]

The Alliance Française de Seattle is delighted to virtually host the Seattle edition of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival US Tour for the first time, by showcasing a program of short and feature films on December 12 & 13, 2020 in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum.

Organized since 2017, the US Tour of Champs-Elysées Film Festival brings to an American audience a rich variety of French short and feature independent films. The festival aims to showcase emerging talents and new voices in French independent cinema. This event is also intended to be an echo in the United States of their action in France, for the creation of real cultural emulation between these two countries.

The US Tour will take place virtually with support from Justine Lévêque, artistic director of the festival, and will feature several pre-recorded Q&As with directors.

Tickets and Passes

Ticket type AFSeattle members  Non-members
Single Feature Film $7 $10
Single Short Film Program $5 $8
All-Shorts Pass
Valid for all 3 Short Film Programs
$12 $21


FILMS AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020: Starting on Saturday, December 12 at 12:01am, you will have 48 hours to purchase a film, then 24 hours to start/finish watching.

Le Kiosque (The Kiosk)

Documentary Feature, 78 min, France, in French with English subtitles

Alexandra films her visual diary as she helps her mother tend to her newspaper kiosk in a chic neighborhood of Paris. Behind the cash register, she records the world as it goes by, playing both the director and the salesperson, as if in an old childhood dream... But print media is in crisis. It is not just a game.

Shorts Block 1: Gender & Liberty

This program of three short films—two narratives and one documentary—explores ideas of gender, identity, and the pursuit of personal freedom.

  • Beauty Boys
  • Cut the Chit Chat (On Fait Salon)
  • Miss Chazelles

All films include English subtitles.

Shorts Block 2: The Night

Night brings illusions and dreams to life. This program of short films takes us beyond our scope of reality, and into another.

  • Tar (Blaké)
  • Genius Loci
  • So What if the Goats Die (Qu’importe si les bêtes meurent)

All films include English subtitles.

FILMS AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020: Starting on Sunday, December 13 at 12:01am, you will have 48 hours to purchase a film, then 24 hours to start/finish watching.


Documentary Feature, 111 min, France/Switzerland, in French with English subtitles

Océan is the name this transgender actor and director chose to adopt. In this breakthrough documentary on trans identity in France, Océan traces a year of their life, from testosterone tests to court approvals. Océan captures the intimate, filming discussions with family, friends, lovers, and doctors, and offering a new, needed perspective on the internal upheavals of such a life change.

Shorts Block 3: Two is Better

Friends, lovers, lifelong partners. Three films explore the complex relationships that can exist between two people.

  • Life's a Bitch (Chienne de vie)
  • Shiver of Love (Frisson d'amour)
  • Sukar

All films include English subtitles.