French Film Series at Grand Illusion

The Alliance Française de Seattle proposes a program of classic French films rarely seen in the US, in collaboration with Scarecrow Video and Grand Illusion. Three films by renowned French authors will offer the opportunity to discover, or enjoy again, what makes French cinema unique: the telling of stories about human characters like no others.

  • Oscar-winning film director Claude Berri, internationally known for Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources (1986), is one of the most preeminent French cinematographers and is behind, as a writer, director, producer, or actor, more than 125 films. Tchao pantin (1983), for which Coluche won the 1984 César Award for Best Actor, is the beautiful story of a friendship that brings together two solitary men facing the demons of the past in the Paris of the 80s.
    • Tuesday, February 26 at 6.30pm
  • Claude Sautet’s not so-Simple Story (1978) is another exquisite character study, this time of a woman—Romy Schneider—an industrial designer in her late 30s. Probably one of Schneider’s strongest performances on screen, she was awarded the 1979 César for this role. Sautet has no equal in French cinema for the beauty, almost anthropological way to observe and tell the story of “real” people.
    • Tuesday, March 26 at 6.30pm
  • Jean Grémillon, one of the representatives of the golden age of the French cinema, started his career by directing documentaries. His eye for interesting human characters and the unknown relations between objects and beings—as he put it himself—are beautifuly used in this adaption of Anouilh’s play. White Paws (1949) is the story of a couple living an emotional love story in a Brittany village.

The films were chosen among the 2018 Scarecrow Wishlist Collection and made available with the generous support of a long-time Scarecrow patron.