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French Cinema

The Institut français proposes to the French Cultural Network and its partners around the world (Cinémathèques – film libraries, festivals, museums, universities, etc.) a host of programs of recent and heritage films. This editorialized offering, aiming to enhance French cinema in all its beauty and diversity, is intended for cultural public projections in the countries in which these films have not been commercially distributed. Along with such projections are cultural action and educational programs in the realm of the image in order to bring a new public to French cinema, particularly the youth.
See the highlights of the 2015 programming of French cinema with all its new films in line with the latest news in cinema, its retrospectives and spotlights on major figures and new talent in French cinema, with theme-based series, major encounters and educational programs.
The films are available in subtitled versions in different media, according to the title: DCP, 35 mm, Blu-ray, Beta and DVD, downloading from the IFcinéma platform.


"Actresses" Exhibit by Kate Barry and Film Program
This is a mirrored tribute by Kate Barry to movie actresses, particularly French ones, ranging from the most widely known stars to younger generation artists. An exhibit of 25 framed photographs along with a series of screenings of films in which these actresses have appeared.
The exhibit was presented among other places in Taiwan and Italy.
The French Touch of Independent Cinema ACID-Cannes
A series of seven films selected by ACID at the Cannes Festival, shedding light on the new budding scene of the French Touch of independent cinema, offers a personal glimpse of contemporary French society.
Focus Mia Hansen-Love
Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love masters the art of filming the young generation. A focus event in four films including Eden, her last intimate and generational film depicts the adventure of a young DJ, from the effervescence of the French electro scene of the 90’s up until today.
Climate – COP 21
In preparation of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, 15 films on climate change, and more broadly on the preservation of our planet’s riches are being proposed, with above all, a program of six documentaries in partnership with ARTE and the film, Témoins du climat, proposed by the GoodPlanet Foundation.
Recent DCP Creation
A selection of 20 films released in 2014 and 2015, for a wide public or offering great talent, in diverse styles, inspirations, genres, ranging from comedy to film noir, from young cinema to unique films.
2 automnes, 3 hivers (The French Touch of Independent Cinema ACID-Cannes) Eden (Focus Mia Hansen-Love) La prochaine fois je viserai le cœur (Recent DCP Creation)


  • Contemporary Filmmakers
Benoit Jacquot Retrospective
An homage is paid, in seven films, to the rich and profound work of Benoit Jacquot. This type of cinema that gives shape, voices and movement to the depths of desire and passion, embodied by the luminous presence of its actresses, Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Huppert, Isild Le Besco, etc.
Bertrand Tavernier
Here we focus on this great movie-loving and eclectic filmmaker who reaches out to all genres, from comic adaptation, with Quai d’Orsay, to war films (Capitaine Conan), including historic (La Princesse de Montpensier) or detective films.
Cécile Sciamma
This filmmaker has made the youth and identity her territory of predilection, from Naissance des pieuvres to Bande de filles, an intimate fresco on inner cities and social diversity.
Other programs: Olivier Assayas, François Caillat, Sylvain Chomet, Claire Denis, Jacques Doillon, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Abdellatif Kechiche, Jean-François Laguionie, Michel Ocelot, Nicolas Philibert, Bruno Podalydès, Claire Simon
  • The Young Generation
Carte blanche for Jean-Michel Frodon
Jean-Michel Frodon, film critic and historian, has been given ‘‘carte blanche’’ for the Institut français’ cinema catalog, thus proposing a series of 13 films along with his film reviews.
Cross-program: Premiers plans d’Angers
A series of six recent films supported by the Premiers plans d’Angers Festival, cinéma d’auteur marked by freedom in its tone and form, between reality and fiction, up to the supernatural.
Film Schools
This concerns a collection of films by students of Film Schools, with a new selection of ten films of Ateliers Varan, La Fémis, and soon, Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Les Gobelins, the École de l’image, as well as a selection of French animated film schools.
  • From Classics to Moderns
Digitally-restored Film Classics
Restored films from the 30’s to the 60’s, along a path traveling through the history of French cinema as well as genres and eras, pay a tribute to the great mythical figures of the filmmakers and actors from this period.
Les Courts des grands
Back to the débuts of the great filmmakers of our time, from the first films by Jean-Luc Godard and Maurice Pialat to the most contemporary directors, such as Laurent Cantet and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Cult Comedies
Five decades and five films, from the 60’s to the 21st century, for French comedies to be seen over and over again, without ever tiring of them! From L’Homme de Rio by Philippe de Broca to OSS 117, Rio ne répond plus by Michel Hazanavicius.
The Artist’s Life
With portraits of artists, or biopics, this includes a series of six films on art embodied in cinema by Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu in Camille Claudel by Bruno Nuytten or by Yolande Moreau in Séraphine by Martin Provost, as well as focusing on Picasso via different approaches explored by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Frédéric Rossif.
Other programs: Claude Chabrol, Patrice Chéreau, Marguerite Duras, Chris Marker, Maurice Pialat, Jean Renoir, François Truffaut
Also see the films without exploitation rights
OSS 117 Rio ne répond plus (Cult Comedies) Eastern Boys (Carte blanche for Jean-Michel Frodon) – Fidélio, l'odyssée d'Alice (Carte blanche for Jean-Michel Frodon)

Actors and actresses

  • Catherine Deneuve
Does Catherine Deneuve need to be introduced? This homage combines recent as well as restored classic films, beyond the icon who is ever more beautiful from one film to the next, by Jacques Demy, François Truffaut and André Téchiné, also including authors of the younger generation, such as Emmanuelle Bercot.
  • Cinematographic News: Focus
Anaïs Demoustier
Anais Demoustier, a young and brilliant actress at the beginning of her career, reveals incomparable talent in her roles and artistic choices.
Sarah Forestier
With a César for Most Promising Actress in L’Esquive by Abdellatif Kechiche, Sarah Forestier, filmed by some of the greatest directors (Bertrand Blier, Alain Resnais, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Doillon, etc.), is preparing her first feature film.
Hafsia Herzi
Trial run, tour de force in her first role in La Graine et le Mulet by Abdellatif Kechiche, Hafsia Herzi has continued her eclectic career path in the theater as well as on the screen, in beautiful roles. She is now preparing her first feature film.
Reda Kateb
This actor, revealed in 2009 in Un prophète by Jacques Audiard, and winner of a Cesar in 2015 for his role in Hippocrate by Thomas Lilti, has made film after film, hunting for shots along a unique path, alternating between softness and violence.
Vincent Macaigne
Actor, filmmaker and stage director, Vincent Macaigne is the herald of a new generation highlighted by Les Cahiers du Cinéma, and the main actor of young cinema, filmed regularly alongside Guillaume Brac, Vincent Mariette and Louis Garrel.
Céline Salette
Following her first collaboration with Philippe Garrel and Bertrand Bonello, Céline Sallette has proven to be one of the revelations of French cinema – actress in Géronimo, thus illuminating Tony Gatlif’s film.
Karine Viard
First discovered in comedy, with a Cesar for Best Actress in Hauts les cœurs! by Solveig Anspach, Karine Viard has, in her career, played in various genres and notes, alternating drama and comedy.
Other programs: Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Vincent Lindon, Léa Seydoux
Dans la cour (Catherine Deneuve) – Géronimo (Céline Salette) – L'amour est un crime parfait (Karine Viard)

Young Public

  • Education in French Cinema – IF/CNC
28 French films are presented with learning kits available on IFcinéma, intended for students either in primary, middle, high schools and universities or outside their curriculum. Seven new films since June 2015.
Uniting seven partner countries – France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic –, CinED educational program in European Cinema will be offering, at the beginning of 2016, contemporary and heritage films from all the countries involved in this project, along with educational resources.
  • Cinema and Learning the French Language
More than 300 films and approximately 40 educational kits are being made accessible abroad for the purpose of teaching French as a foreign language, on the online cinema platform IFcinéma. Versions subtitled in French are also available.
  • Childhood and Youth Programs
Whether long or short, animated or not, in all genres and styles, the films of these five programs will make children and teenagers travel to unexplored lands, both wild and urban, real and poetic, thus extending imagination and thought.
Movies for a Young Public 
A program of five films released in 2014 and 2015 for a young public.
Short Films for the Younger Ones
Films particularly tailored for children - that adults are also allowed to watch!
School and Life
A series on somewhat conflictual and complex relations – but also fulfilling –, of youth in schools.
Animal Stories
The animal world has been filmed from the early days of cinema. Fiction and documentaries, short stories, animal films and tales of adventure, for everyone.
Enjoy one’s Youth

A series of seven recent films on the youth, an essential period in one’s existence, are at the center of these stories, with a desire to ‘‘change one’s life’’ at an age when everything is possible.

La Cour de Babel (Enjoy one’s Youth) Brendan et le secret de Kells (Education in French Cinema) Girafada (Animal Stories)

Major Annual Events

My French Film Festival (January)
An online festival organized by uniFrance Films, presents 10 short films and 10 feature films, all recent in nature, created by the young generation in French cinema, along with educational kits.
Animated Film Festival (October)
A festival brought up to an international level by the Institut français, throughout October, with a special program each year.
2015 Animated Film Festival (October 1-31, 2015): Two programs of short films with films by students, awarded and selected in festivals, from schools of the French animated film school network, as well as a special screening for a young public (nine short animated documentary films) and a selection of films recently released in movie theaters.
Documentary Film Month (November)
An event that gives life to creative documentaries in all its diversity, extended internationally by the Institut français.
2015 edition (November 1-30, 2015): Five programs were proposed in an effort to enhance recent French film production, with a selection of 13 films recently released in movie theaters, awarded at major festivals, supported by the Institut français (Louis Lumière residencies and Institut français Prize), as well as films for a younger public.
Short Film Festival – Le jour le plus court (December)
The short film promoted all over the world in all its greatness and diversity - fiction, documentary, animated film, traditional and experimental films. Special programs are proposed by the Institut français.
2015 edition (December 10 – 20, 2015): To première, a selection of ten short films, at the 2016 My French Film Festival 2016, sharing programs with the ‘‘Le Jour le plus court’’ and the Agence du court métrage (Short Film Agency).

Les Règles du jeu (Documentary Film Month) – Le Repas dominical (2016 My French Film Festival 2016) – Gus petit oiseau, grand voyage (2015 Animated Film Festival)


Theme-based Series

Celebrating Francophony means celebrating the French language. Cinema abounds in demonstrating a language in perpetual motion, with so much to see and hear, especially that of the young generation, in all its diversity.
Cinema and Music Festival
Music is to be celebrated as much as films. There’s something for everyone, in all genres – portraits of the greatest artists (Maria Callas, Django Reinhardt, Alexandre Tharaud), bold short films, and beautiful encounters between cinema and music, with Eden by Mia Hansen-Love.
Literary adaptation for the Silver Screen
George Méliès has already borrowed a fantastic world from Jules Verne. The theme ‘‘Literature and Cinema’’ regroups films either adapted or inspired by novels, from Le Mépris by Jean-Luc Godard to the book-to-screen version of Aliq Rahimi’s own novel, Synghe Sabour.
Comic Strips on the Screen
Filmmakers sometimes take comic strips to adapt them for the screen, such as Bertrand Tavernier with Quai d’Orsay. Sometimes, it’s the authors themselves that take on such an endeavor (Joann Sfar with Le Chat du Rabbin).
Female Filmmakers, Second Wave
Considering all generations, women film directors are ever more present in the world of French cinema. To shed light on films from a feminine standpoint, 20 filmmakers depict as many different views on the screen.
WWI Centennial 
A program to commemorate World War I, with documentaries, documentary fiction and series, with Apocalypse by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle and cinema-concert, Verdun, Visions d’Histoire by Léon Poirier.
Program proposed in 2014, enriched in 2015 by Frères d’armes by Rachid Bouchareb and 14, des armes and des mots by Jan Peter, and two restored films for a focus on Bertrand Tavernier.
Questioning Identity, Questioning Genre?
Between biology and cultural acquisition, personal history, deep experiences and outside views, between sexual identity and their diverse directions. A series of fiction and documentary films show the plurality and complexity of human beings, questioning the notion of identity.
Diversity of contemporary French society
A selection of events focusing on filmmakers and actors, with theme-based series and TV series reflecting the diversity of contemporary French society.
Other programs: De part et d’autre de la Méditerranée, Du fait divers au cinéma, Nouvelle génération Cinéastes
Lulu femme nue (Comic Strips on the Screen; Female Filmmakers, Second Wave) – Brooklyn (Cinema and Music Festival) – Bande de filles (Diversity of contemporary French society)


Photo : Geronimo, de Tony Gatlif
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