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Fête de la francophonie 2023

Célébrons la francophonie au cinéma

13 films

Célébrons la Francophonie en mars, avec une sélection de films adaptés d’œuvre littéraires qui dialoguent avec Marguerite Duras ou Honoré de Balzac, un documentaire écrit avec Annie Ernaux, prix Nobel de littérature 2022, deux fictions autour du monde littéraire et l'adaptation d'une bande-dessinée de Marguerite Abouet pour le jeune public.

Fête de la francophonie 2023
  • 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.

  • Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 1974
  • France
  • 1h35
by Marguerite Duras

Thirties, an Indian metropolis on the banks of the Ganges. Social evenings filled with foreign diplomats. A woman, or the memory of a woman, wanders among the men in their clothes. Among them, the vice-consul, falot and painful, who loves her and shouts his love in the night. Time becomes blurred, diluted in the incantatory music of the voices.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Literary adaptation
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h46
by Emmanuel Carrère

Marianne Winckler, a well-known author, goes to live in northern France to research for her new book on the subject of job insecurity. Without revealing her true identity, she gets hired as a cleaner, working with a group of other women. In this new role, she experiences financial instability and social invisibility first-hand. But she also discovers mutual assistance and solidarity, strong bonds shared by these behind-the-scenes working women.

  • Literary adaptation, Drama
  • 2021
  • France
  • 2h30
by Xavier Giannoli

Lucien is a young unknown poet in 19th-century France. He has great expectations and wants to forge a destiny. He leaves the family printing business in his native province to try his luck in Paris, on the arm of his protector. Soon left to his own devices in the fabulous city, the young man will discover the backstage of a world dedicated to the law of profit and pretense. A human comedy where everything is bought and sold, literature as well as the press, politics as well as feelings, reputations as well as souls. He will love, he will suffer, and survive his illusions.

  • Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h45
by Marc Dugain

Felix Grandet tyrannically rules the humble provincial house where he lives with his wife and daughter Eugenie who lead a precarious and joyless existence alongside him. The sudden visit of Grandet’s nephew, an idle and bankrupt Parisian dandy, awakens the tender soul of Eugenie who instantly falls in love with him. But Grandet is more than ever ready to sacrifice everything on the altar of money. Even his own daughter…

  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h30
by Régis Sauder

In a new town, somewhere in the suburbs of Paris, intimate stories meet the writings of the famous writer Annie Ernaux : is living in harmony a utopia, or could it be actual and overcome the paradoxes of society to welcome foreigners.

  • Comedy-drama, Thriller
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h27
by Laurent Cantet

I am sharp and wise. I know poetry and politics. I raised from a social underworld to an exposed position as a provocative Parisian author. I published a novel but I also write in 140 signs on social media. And when I do, I hit my target. That's why they all me want out!

  • Drama
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h25
by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas

Labidi is a struggling young writer who, after a small hit with a short story, is trying to publish his first novel. While he lives in a small room with his roommate and best friend Aleksei, delivering food on his bike to survive, he meets Elisa, a student. Caught up in a whirlwind romance, he doesn’t always make the right choices. Labidi will soon be confronted to the realities of everyday life, at the expense of his writing.

  • Literary adaptation, Comedy, Young audience
  • 2022
  • Ivory Coast, France
  • 26min
by Alexandre Coste

Marguerite Abouet, Louise and Baptiste Grosfilley Based on the original comic book published by Gallimard Jeunesse “Akissi” by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin, inspired by the graphic world of Clément Oubrerie,

  • Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 2021
  • France
  • 1h35
by Claire Simon

A man involved in a passionate relationship with a celebrated writer of 30 years his senior needs to talk. He is fascinated by her and yet he feels he just cannot go on anymore. He opens up, in an attempt to put into words the intensity of his love and he describes it with great clarity.

  • Literary adaptation
  • 2021
  • 1h44
by Matthieu Rozé

It’s summer, the heat is overwhelming and the weather is out of whack. A group of friends are enjoying their yearly holiday in their favorite little village, wedged between the sea and the mountains. As usual, they are bored and eat and drink a lot. They do not pay attention to the fire which progresses on the mountain nearby, nor to the world around them. But this year, a mysterious man arrives from the sea and shakes up their seemingly balanced existence...

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