The French Film Festival

March 14 – 24, 2018

At the Garneau Theatre

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The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is a series of events centred around the International Day of La Francophonie (March 20), which is celebrated every year around the world to promote the French language and its numerous cultural expressions! In this context, in partnership with Metro Cinema, the Alliance Française of Edmonton proudly presents its French Film Festival!


95min – 2018 – France – Gasper Noé

In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.

Thursday, March 14th at 9:30PM

Saturday, March 16th at 9:30PM

Sunday, March 17th at 9:15PM

Tuesday, March 19th at 9:15PM


Le Livre d’image (The Image Book)

84min – 2018 – France – Jean-Luc Godard

Do you still remember how long ago we trained our thoughts? Most often we’d start from a dream…We wondered how, in total darkness…Colours of such intensity could emerge within us…In a soft low voice…Saying great things,…Surprising, deep and accurate matters….Like a bad dream written on a stormy night …Under western eyes…The lost paradies…War is here…

Friday, March 15th at 7PM


La Belle et la Belle (When Margaux meets Margaux)

95min – 2018 – France – Sophie Fillières

Margaux, 20 years old, meets Margaux, 45 years old: everything unites them, it turns out that they are one and the same person, at two different ages in their lives…

Saturday, March 16th at 7PM


Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)

108min – 2015 – France – Mark Osborne

It is the story of a story. It is the story of a little girl, intrepid and curious, who lives in an adult world. It is the story of an eccentric and mischievous aviator who never really grew up. It is the story of the Little Prince that will bring them together in an extraordinary adventure.

Sunday, March 17th at 1PM

Kids 12 and under are free


Invisible Essence: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)

90min – 2018 – Canada – Charles Officer

Invisible Essence explores the global legacy of The Little Prince 75 years after its publication. The film introduces a modern day Little Prince – a seven year-old blind Pakistani-Canadian boy who absorbs The Little Prince for the first time – and captures engaging conversations with an incredible range of individuals such as Mark Osborne (Director of the animated film “The Little Prince”), Rupi Kaur (Poet, New York Times Bestselling Author), and Olivier and François d’Agay (the great nephew and nephew of Antoine de Saint- Exupéry). Although a fable, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s transcendent story suggests an ethical philosophy about life in its own way, a code of respect for humanity.

Sunday, March 17th at 3:30PM


Good Luck Algeria

91min – 2015 – France – Farid Bentoumi

Sam and Stéphane, two childhood friends, passionately design top-of-the-range skis and face stiff competition, their company is in peril. To save her, they set out on a crazy bet: to qualify Sam for the Olympic Games for Algeria, her father’s country. Beyond the sporting achievement, this improbable challenge will push Sam to reconnect with his roots.

Wednesday, March 20th at 7PM

Francophone Day : Free for all !


Les Gardiennes (The Guardians)

138min – 2017 – France – Xavier Beauvois

1915. At the Paridier farm, a mother and her daughter have taken over the farmwork in the absence of the men who have gone off to fight. Working relentlessly, their life follows the rhythms of difficult labor and the occasional return of the men on leave. Hortense, the mother, employs Francine, a young woman who grew up in state care, to help her on the farm. Francine believes she has finally found a family…

Saturday, March 23rd at 3PM


The Fireflies are gone

96min – 2018 – Quebec – Sébastien Pilote

Summer is near and classes are coming to an endin a former industrial town on the end of a large bay. Léo, a young and disaffected girl, meets Steve, a reclusive and aimless guitarist. Léo lives with her mother and stepfather Paul, a populist radio show host who forced her father into exile up north. Sylvain, Léo’s father, is a dethroned union leader whom she greatly misses. A stranger in her own world, frustrated and angry, it is through her budding relationship with Steve, set to the rhythm of their guitar lessons and her new summer job, that she’ll be able to find some kind of comfort and ultimately take flight.

Sunday, March 24th at 1PM


All films are in French with English subtitles.


Prices (ticketing at the door):

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