1944-2024, 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings

9 films

Commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings are being prepared allover France to celebrate the liberation of June 1944. Discover or re-discover iconic films that allow us to remember great moments in history and the importance of the link between the past and the present, thus emphasizing the importance of preserving peace and freedom.

1944-2024, 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings
  • Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 1959
  • 1h31
by Alain Resnais

A French actress is shooting a pacifist film in Japan; she has a brief affair with a Japanese architect, they talk, in a hotel room, in a bar, in the night. She talks about herself, a little girl from Nevers who once, in occupied France, loved a German soldier... She talks about herself, painful, radiant, terrified, appeased.

  • Comedy-drama, Classics
  • 1980
  • France
  • 2h08
by François Truffaut

All Marion Steiner can think about is rehearsals for a new play she is staging at the Montmartre Theater, where she has taken over as director in place of her Jewish husband, who has disappeared. Everyone believes that Lucas Steiner has fled France, but he is, in fact, hiding in the basement of the theater.

  • Literary adaptation, Drama
  • 2017
  • France
  • 2h07
by Emmanuel Finkiel

In the 1944 Nazi-occupied France, young talented writer Marguerite is an active Resistance member with her husband Robert Antelme. When he is deported by the Gestapo, she dives into a desperate struggle to get him back. She develops a chilling relationship with local Vichy collaborator Rabier and takes terrible risks to save Robert, playing a cat-and-mouse of unpredictable meetings all over Paris. Does he really want to help her? Or is he trying to dig up information about the anti-Nazi underground? Then come the end of the war and the return of camp victims, an excruciating period for her, and a long and silent agony after the chaos of the Liberation of Paris. But she continues to wait, bound to the torment of absence even beyond hope.

  • Historical film
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h48
by Gabriel Le Bomin

1940. De Gaulle opposes Pétain because he wants to continue the military offensive. In Colombey, his wife Yvonne is forced to leave. The family knows the routes of the exodus to Brittany. As the armistice looms, de Gaulle chooses to leave for London, where Churchill, who becomes an ally, allows him to speak to the BBC on 18 June. Yvonne and Charles eventually found themselves, after a long journey, in the London capital.

  • Comedy-drama
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h38
by Sandrine Kiberlain

Paris, summer 1942. Irene is a young, bubbly, 19-year-old Jewish girl. Her family watches her discover the world, friends, new love and a passion for the theatre. The aspiring actress is living her youthful life without a care in the world, but she does not know that time may be running out.

  • Drama
  • 2021
  • France, Italy, Belgium, Germany
  • 2h47
by Arthur Harari

Fin 1944. Le Japon est en train de perdre la guerre. Sur ordre du mystérieux Major Taniguchi, le jeune Hiroo Onoda est envoyé sur une île des Philippines juste avant le débarquement américain. La poignée de soldats qu'il entraîne dans la jungle découvre bientôt la doctrine inconnue qui va les lier à cet homme : la Guerre Secrète. Pour l'Empire, la guerre est sur le point de finir. Pour Onoda, elle s'achèvera 10 000 nuits plus tard

  • Literary adaptation
  • 1961
  • 1h30
by Henri Colpi

Therese runs a café in Paris; she lost her husband when he disappeared sixteen years earlier, and, while time has healed some of her wounds, she's still a lonely person. One day, a tramp passes by humming a familiar tune, and Therese is convinced that the vagabond is her husband. She follows him to his home, a tiny shack by the river, and tries to question him about his past. She discovers that the tramp suffers from amnesia and has no clear memory of his past. Therese brings him back to her cafe in hopes of jogging his memory and renewing the love they once knew.

  • Comedy
  • 1966
  • France
  • 2h02
by Gérard Oury

During World War II, two French civilians and a downed English Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South.

  • Drama, Historical film, Classics
  • 1987
  • France
  • 1h35
by Louis Malle

1944, Julien is a boarder at a Catholic college. He discovers Jean, a proud and secret newcomer. Julien and Jean become friends little by little. However, this bond will never be able to blossom. One day, the Gestapo arrives at the school and arrests Father Jean and the three Jewish children he had hidden among his Catholic children.

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