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Olympics 2024: sports films

Sports, games and challenges

20 films

1896, cinema, the art of movement, gave way some time after its invention to the first Olympic Games. Let's celebrate the 2024 games by highlighting a selection of films, presenting different types of sport and themes.

Olympics 2024: sports films
  • Comedy-drama, Historical film
  • 2022
  • France
  • 1h36
by Virginie Verrier

Marinette Pichon is one of the world’s greatest stars of football, having held for almost two decades the record for the number of goals and caps for the French team (men/women combined), before becoming a FIFA Legend by being the first French player to have a career in the US. Pioneer of French women’s soccer, the film follows her fight to spread awareness on women’s rights in sport. A path full of pitfalls, from a childhood ravaged by an alcoholic and violent father to the heavy burden of coming out in an era where there is no such thing as LGBTQ+ rights. Her success in sport will fuel her desire to make a difference in the recognition of French women’s soccer, homosexuality, and equal opportunity. It is the story of a woman’s life, a fighter, an uncompromising ode to freedom, to surpassing oneself.

  • Drama, Young audience
  • 2022
  • France, Canada
  • 1h50
by Christian Duguay

Literally born and raised with horses, Zoe leads a happy life at her parents’ racehorse stables, driven by the dream of someday becoming a jockey like her father. To Zoe, nothing beats being with horses, especially her « best friend » Beautiful Intrigue, the stable’s prize mare, who taught the child how to walk. When Beautiful Intrigue gives birth to a foal that Zoe names Tempest, the girl is the first to see in him the champion her parents have been waiting and working for all their lives. The winner she will ride to victory. But Zoe’s dreams are shattered one stormy night, when a panicked Tempest accidentally injures the girl, leaving her permanently “disabled”. Furious at life, Zoe slips into despair and pulls her entire family down with her, especially her father, who is on the verge of losing everything. But with the indefectible support of her family and the help of Seb, a stable hand with a gift for communicating with horses, Zoe will seek to conquer the impossible, in pursuit of her dream.

  • Historical film, Biopic
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h44
by Julien Faraut

Les joueuses japonaises de volley-ball surnommées les “Sorcières de l’Orient” sont aujourd’hui septuagénaires. Depuis la formation de l’équipe à l’usine, jusqu’à leur victoire aux Jeux olympiques de Tokyo en 1964, souvenirs et légendes remontent à la surface et se mélangent inextricablement.

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • 1h30
by Charlène Favier

Lyz, 15 years old, has just joined a prestigious ski school in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Fred, ex-champion and now coach, decides to bet everything on his new recruit. Galvanized by his support, Lyz invests her whole body, physically and emotionally. She has a string of successes but quickly falls under Fred's absolute control...

  • Comedy
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h43
by Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare

Matthias Le Goff, World Swimming Championship silver medallist, makes a homophobic remark on TV. His punishment? To coach “The Shiny Shrimps”, a gay water polo team, motivated more by partying than competition. This explosive coach-and-team combo then heads to Croatia to take part in the Gay Games, the world’s biggest gay sports meet. The journey offers Matthias the chance to discover an unfamiliar world that forces him to take a fresh look at himself and rethink his priorities.

  • 2018
  • 1h25
by Alisa Kovalenko

A season in the life of Alina, a poor 20-year-old girl from Kyiv who has a chance to be saved by football. She’s about to join the Ukrainian national team, but life challenges her once again: her mother dies leaving two young siblings. Now, Alina must choose: football or family.

  • Adventure
  • 2003
  • France
  • 1h20
by Sylvain Chomet

Champion is a melancholic little boy, adopted by his grandmother Mrs. Souza. Noticing his passion for cycling, she makes her grandson follow a relentless training. The years go by. Champion has become an ace of the small queen, so much so that he finds himself engaged as a rider in the Tour de France. But during the race, he is kidnapped by two mysterious men in black. Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to find him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to a megalopolis called Belleville. There they meet the Triplettes of Belleville, eccentric music-hall stars of the 1930s who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing.

  • Adventure
  • 1994
  • France, Republic of Guinea
  • 1h33
by Cheik Doukouré

Kanimadi, a young boy in Guinea, dreams of becoming a soccer champion. His breakneck adventures begin when a French doctor gives him a real leather ball. He runs away to the capital, Conakry, where his skills eventually earn him a place on the national team. Kanimadi goes from success to success, and achieves his ambition by being picked to play for a famous French club.

  • Young audience, Adventure, Fantasy and science fiction, Comedy
  • 2021
  • France
  • 26min
by  Nicolas Hu

Noée, a 9-year-old girl, just joined her mother on the island of Bénac’h in Brittany. She discovers that all of the kids here have known each other forever and that they all know how to sail. And Noée wants to try! But her mother doesn’t have the means to sign her up for sailing class.

  • 2014
  • France
  • 13min
by Sarah Saidan

Vida is a young Iranian lifeguard. Popular on her team, she is determined to fight in order to be the one to participate in an international competition in Australia. However, when Sareh who is as fast and talented as her, joins the team, Vida will have to face an unexpected situation.

  • Young audience
  • 2021
  • France
  • 24min
by Nicolas Deveaux

After two seasons devoted to athletics and winter sports, the crazy bestiary imagined by Nicolas Deveaux migrates to town for a new burst of thirty episodes just as disheveled as the previous ones. Kyte skate, Roller exhibition, Frisbee, Footing, Skate, Free unicycle, Bodybuilding, Parkour

  • Young audience
  • 2021
  • France
  • 21min
by Nicolas Deveaux

After two seasons devoted to athletics and winter sports, the crazy bestiary imagined by Nicolas Deveaux migrates to town for a new burst of thirty episodes just as disheveled as the previous ones. Street football, Contact juggling, Tightrope walker, Marathon, Invigorating gym, Park activities, Waiter race

  • Young audience
  • 2021
  • France
  • 24min
by Nicolas Deveaux

After two seasons devoted to athletics and winter sports, the crazy bestiary imagined by Nicolas Deveaux migrates to town for a new burst of thirty episodes just as disheveled as the previous ones. Window cleaner, pétanque, Jokari, Badminton, Hula Hoop, Yamakazis, Climbing, City dancing

  • Young audience
  • 2021
  • France
  • 21min
by Nicolas Deveaux

After two seasons devoted to athletics and winter sports, the crazy bestiary imagined by Nicolas Deveaux migrates to town for a new burst of thirty episodes just as disheveled as the previous ones. Street basketball, Tai Chi, urban ping pong, breakdancing, fitness coach, Capoeira, Kung fu

  • Historical film, Drama
  • 2022
  • France
  • 27min
by Arthur Thomas-Pavlowsky

June 26 in Marseille. Within the labor exchange transformed into a boxing arena, the boxers of the Boxe Massilia collective are about to enter the ring in front of a jubilant crowd. And what if, through this ancient spectacle of hand-to-hand combat, another, more decisive and fundamental battle was being played out?

  • Biopic
  • 2021
  • France
  • 22min
by Claudia Lopez Lucia

Through their locker room chats, training sessions, and the balance they find between coquettish touches and muddied knees, three teenage rugby girls question their own prejudices and those of their social circles toward female and male attributes in our society.

  • 2007
  • 1h20
by Florent De La Tullaye and Renaud Barret

In Kinshasa, women are fighting for survival. In the literal sense. In a country where finding a job is a feat and receiving a miracle wage, they go into the ring to earn a living, or try to... Since the mythical M. Ali versus G. Forrman boxing match took place here in 1974, Kinshasa has been the city of boxing, first for men and then for women since the creation of a club in 1995. Mimi, Jeannette and Hélène are between 19 and 26 years old and are boxers... and are a bit like rebels in this macho society. Every day they train under the guidance of coach Judex, in the basement of the old Tata Raphael stadium. In the background, Kinshasa is in turmoil as the first free elections of the DRC in July 2006 approach.

  • Historical film, Young audience
  • 2018
  • Ghana
  • 13min
by Nii Ofei-Kyei Dodoo

Azumah Nelson, un outsider, a deux semaines pour se préparer à son premier combat international. Alors qu'il perd par K.-O. technique au dernier round, il entame un parcours de guerrier afin de devenir le meilleur boxeur africain de tous les temps.

  • Classics
  • 1963
  • Senegal
  • 18min
by Paulin Vieyra

"Lamb" is the Wolof name of Senegalese traditional wrestling - a highly popular national sport reminiscent of Greco-Roman wrestling but with specific, very strict rules. The combatants train on the beach. Restored in 2K in 2018 in partnership with Orange Studio and La Cinémathèque Afrique in collaboration with PSV Films.

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