Movie Nights

2019-2020 Movie Nights

Our film series features the latest French and Francophone movies, often in advance screenings, and reflects the vitality of the cinema of France, regarded by many as the birthplace of the art. All screenings are free and open to the public. 

May 6, 2020: What if New York were Called Angoulême?

Directed by Marie-France Brière
52 min / English subtitles / all ages

Q&A following the screening with Damien Renon, Chief Librarian at the Lycée Français de New York, featured in the documentary.

1524: Giovanni Verrazzano, explorer under the orders of François Ier, navigates "La Dauphine" along the north coast of the United States in search of a shortcut to the Indies and discovers what will later be called New York - he baptizes it "Angoulesme". He sends his logbook to the king and two other copies to the Lombard bankers who financed the expedition.

1904: John Pierpont Morgan, banker in New York buys old manuscripts in Venice, including the famous Verrazzano logbook.

1950: Jacques Habert, professor of history at the French lycée in New York obtains authorization to translate the manuscript.

It is this forgotten, even unrecognized story, which is investigated by Florent Gaillard, Director of the Paper Museum and Municipal Archives of the city of Angoulême.

Past Screenings

March 4, 2020: In Safe Hands

Directed by Jeanne Herry, 2018
1h50 / English subtitles / All ages

Théo's biological mother is going to give him up at birth. After he is born, she has two months to change her mind... or not. Herry delves into the French social security system and the many people involved to ensure that the baby will end up in safe hands.

February 5, 2020: The Painting

Q&A with film director Jean-François Laguionie, 2011
1h16 / English subtitles / ages 10+

A kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns, the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines. A few characters escape their painting into the painter's studio as they attempt to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations. Screening in partnership with FIAF's Animation First festival (February 7-9,2020).

January 8, 2020: Cyrano de Bergerac

Directed by Denis Podalydès, written by Edmond Rostand
Play / 3h / English subtitles / all ages

Although Cyrano is in love with Roxane, he is convinced that his big nose and unattractive looks undermine his chances of being a contender to her heart. He therefore accepts to help his friend Christian woo her with poetry and eloquence.

Denis Podalydès, well-known French actor on the big screen as well as in theater, directs for the first time in 2006 with this play, initially shown at the Salle Richelieu. Winner of six Molière Awards in 2007.

December 4, 2019: The Return of Martin Guerre

Directed by Daniel Vigne

Inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, this period piece recounts the story of a man accused of identity theft. Martin returns to his hometown after several years spent at war. The man remembers everything of the village, but after some time a group of vagrants identifies him as Arnaud from a neighboring village. The movie won three Césars awards following its release in 1983.

November 13, 2019: Woman

Screening organized with French Cinema Week (October 12-14, 2019).
Q&A with film Directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anastasia Mikova and Producer Fabienne Calimas.
Woman was born of a desire to see the world through a woman’s eyes. What are the stages marking a woman’s passage from little girl to 80-year-old grandma? What are her dreams and hopes as well as her greatest fears and scars? What does she expect of life, society and men? 

October 2, 2019: The Freshmen

Directed by Thomas Lilti

Antoine is about to start his first year of medical school... for the third time. Benjamin, just out of high school, will make his first try. He soon realizes its not a walk in the park! In a fiercely competitive environement, with nights dedicated to studying, will they manage to succeed? William Lebghil was nominted for César Award for Most Promising Actor.

September 11, 2019: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Directed by Thierry Binisti

When Tal, who has moved with her family to Jerusalem, begins to look for answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she hears unexpectedly from Naïm, a young man living in Gaza. An unlikely friendship develops as they share - through email correspondence - their frustrations about the impact of the conflict on their daily lives. In this film, Binisti paints a human portrait of life on both sides of the border.