Fall’s French cinema

This Fall’s French cinema program is the “neo nouvelle-vague”, in reference to the generation of filmmakers that made the French New Wave in the 50s and 60s (Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, etc.), breaking traditional narrative codes and innovating with plots, genres, and editing techniques. Discover the new wave of francophone directors this October with the Alliance Française de Seattle’s cultural program.

Les chansons d'amour+++ Thursday, Oct 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Les chansons d’amour (Love Songs), 2007, by Christophe Honoré, with Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, and Clotilde Hesme. Drama, musical, romance. 1h 31min. Synopsis: Ismaël (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) lead a blissfully romantic existence in Paris and are as likely to sing their thoughts as speak them. They meet a variety of equally passionate young people as they wander through the dream-like city, and they invite Alice (Clotilde Hesme) into their lives. In French, with English subtitles, followed by Q&A.
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Les amours imaginaires
+++ Thursday, Nov 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Les amours imaginaires (Heartbeats), 2010, by Xavier Dolan, with Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, and Niels Schneider. 1h 41 min. Synopsis: Francis (Xavier Dolan) and Mary (Monia Chokri) are good friends. One night, they meet Nick (Niels Schneider), a young man from the country who has just settled in Montreal. From encounter to encounter, from moment to moment, troubled by innumerable signs—some real, some imagined—Francis and Mary fall deeper and deeper into a fantastical obsession. Soon, they find themselves on the precipice of a love duel that threatens the friendship they once thought indestructible. In French, with English subtitles, followed by Q&A.
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Un conte de Noël
+++ Thursday, Dec 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale), 2008, by Arnaud Desplechin, with Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, and Mathieu Amalric. 2h 30 min. Synopsis: When steely French matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) learns she has leukemia, she asks her children and grandchildren at the family Christmas gathering to see if they are eligible to become bone marrow donors. This causes deep friction in the family, especially between Junon’s daughter Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) and son Henri (Mathieu Amalric), who already have a tumultuous relationship. In French, with English subtitles, followed by Q&A.
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