The French Film Festival
March 13 – 22, 2020
At the Garneau Theatre
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!
102 min – 2019 – France – Lidj Ly
Ladj Ly’s explosive Cannes Jury Prize–winning debut feature begins in Montfermeil. It is the same banlieue of Paris where part of Victor Hugo’s chef-d’oeuvre on the downtrodden of France also took place. A century and a half later, Les Misérables shifts between local youth and 3 policemen on the anti-crime brigade. The newest to these streets is the cop Stéphane. While his plainclothes partners Chris and Gwada are more into playing at being cowboys, he approaches his job with an earnestness they have long lost. But quickly, and violently, Stéphane learns that the regular rules don’t apply.
He must adapt — at any cost.
Faces Places (Visages Villages)
94min – 2017 – France – Agnès Varda, JR
It is a collaboration between the 90-year-old director Agnès Varda and a 35-year-old French street artist who styles himself JR, which Varda compares to her old comrade Jean-Luc Godard. Our odd but evenly-matched couple go on the road all over France in JR’s specially adapted van, which is like a mobile photo booth. They arrive in villages or towns and get locals to have their portrait pictures taken in the back of his vehicle. Then, he can then print them out at gigantic size, sometimes doing a whole body shot printed out piecemeal, which he plasters on to the sides of buildings.
The results are utterly spectacular, and often unbearably moving.
119 min – 2019 – France – Eric Tosti
Terra Willy might just be the perfect film to introduce the very young to the movies, and especially to science fiction. Also known as Astro Kid, the movie opens with 10-year-old Willy waking up on the highly automated spaceship where he lives with his parents. They are intergalactic explorers, and he clearly aims to follow in their bootsteps. Unfortunately, an asteroid strike sends parents and child hurtling in opposite directions in separate escape pods. Willy’s lands on an unknown world, and he has no idea how to get home again. With the help of his survival robot, he explores this new planet.
The Return of Martin Guerre
122 min – 1982 – France – Daniel Vigne
Based on a true event in 16th century France, the movie starts as the story of a young woman whose husband leaves for war. Eight years later, Martin Guerre returns to reclaim his wife and property. She greets him warmly, and no one question his identity, though he has changed considerably, for the better, but then rumors begins that all is not as it seems. Winner of 3 Césars, “Martin Guerre” is both a top-notch mystery story and a reflection on identity and the nature of reality.
109 min – 2018 – France, Belgium – Alexis Michalik
Cyrano de Bergerac remains one of the most enduring figures of French literature — just think of the sight of Gerard Depardieu with that prominent nose in one of his most iconic roles. Of course, in this re-creation, the famous story will have to be inspired by supposed events in the life of its creator. It’s 1897 Paris, Edmond Rostand, 29, hasn’t written anything new in 2 years. He meets the famous actor Constant Coquelin, who asks him to write his next hit. The urgency of the assignment gets Rostand’s creative juices flowing, and he improvises the story of Cyrano from a love triangle he finds himself entangled into.
97 min – 2019 – Canada – Anne Emond
Jeune Juliette is an artistic leap for Émond. After 3 serious dramas she returns with a semi-autobiographical film about the most awkward period of her life. 14 year-old Juliette lives with her father and her brother. When Juliette was younger, her mother left the family to pursue her career in New York, from that moment, Juliette started to gain weight. Today she’s the heaviest girl at her high school. But that doesn’t stop her from being vivacious, funny and rebellious. We follow this brazen and endearing girl during her hectic last few weeks before summer vacation, and watch as she does some growing up
All films are in French with English subtitles.
Prices (ticketing at the door):
- AFE members : $8
- Others : $10 (day) or $13 (evening)
- Friday, MARCH 20TH MOVIES : FREE FOR ALL!