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Francophonie 2021 - Adaptations littéraires francophones

Des adaptations littéraires d'oeuvres françaises au cinéma

10 films

Chaque année, la francophonie est célébrée dans le monde entier autour de la Journée internationale de la francophonie le 20 mars et plus largement pendant tout le mois de mars. En 2021, l’Institut français propose une sélection de films pour la projection publique non commerciale autour de 3 thématiques pour ceux qui veulent fêter la langue française et la diversité culturelle des pays francophones. La thématique 2/3 "Adaptations littéraires " propose des adaptations au cinéma d'oeuvres françaises patrimoniales ou contemporaines.

Francophonie 2021 - Adaptations littéraires francophones
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  • Comedy
  • 2018
  • Belgium, France
  • 1h50

Cyrano My Love

by Alexis Michalik

1897, Paris in the 'Belle Epoque'. Edmond Rostand is a playwright of potential genius. Unfortunately, all he has written until now has been a flop. He is paralyzed by the sight of a blank page and his inspiration has dried up. Thanks to his admirer Sarah Bernhardt, he is approached by the greatest actor of the day, Constant Coquelin, who absolutely insists on playing in his next play. And he wants to premiere it in three weeks! The only problem: Edmond has not yet written it, and has no idea what story he will tell. All he knows is its title: Cyrano de Bergerac.

Blanche comme neige - Affiche
  • Literary adaptation, Comedy
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h35

Pure As Snow

by Anne Fontaine

Claire, a beautiful young woman, arouses the all-consuming jealousy of her stepmother Maud, who hires someone to kill her. Saved at the last minute by a mysterious man who takes her to his farm, Claire decides to stay in this small village, where she causes quite a stir: one, two, and soon seven men fall under her charm. For Claire this is the beginning of a radical emancipation, both charnel and romantic.

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  • Literary adaptation, Drama
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h49

Remi, Nobody's Boy

by Antoine Blossier

Raised by a kindly peasant woman after being found as a baby, ten-year-old Remi is brutally taken from his adopted mother and sold by her husband to Signor Vitalis, an old travelling street musician with a shadowy past. Remi sets off on a long journey through France with his new master, their faithful dog Capi and mischievous monkey Mister Joli-Cœur. From adventures to misadventures, young Remi endears himself to Vitalis, who teaches him to read and helps him discover his extraordinary singing talent. The boy learns the rough life of a travelling showman and suffers through hunger, cold and sometimes great injustice. He also learns life, makes great friends and gains a mentor and father in Vitalis. But when the clothes he was found in as an infant and a mysterious lullaby from his distant past bring him closer to his origins, Remi is suddenly faced with a new set of challenges that could reveal his true identity and change forever the course of his young life.

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  • Comedy
  • 2019
  • Belgium, France
  • 1h41

The Mystery of Henri Pick

by Rémi Bezançon

n a bizarre Breton library that collects rejected, never published manuscripts, a young editor discovers a novel that she considers a masterpiece. It was written by a certain Henri Pick, a cook who died two years earlier and who, according to his widow, had never read a book in his life or written anything but a shopping list... Did he have a secret life? When the book becomes a huge best-seller, Jean- Michel Rouche, a skeptical and stubborn literary critic, teams up with Joséphine, Pick’s daughter, to unravel the mystery. What if this story was only a conspiracy...?

En sortant de l'ecole - claude roy - Affiche
  • Literary adaptation
  • 2018
  • France
  • 5h13

En sortant de l'école - Claude Roy

by Divers Réalisateurs

13 poems of 3 minutes each by Claude Roy, illustrated and animated by 13 young directors from French animation schools. Fourth episode of the collection Leaving school: The Uncertain Bestiary, The Key to the Fields, Discreet Water, Listening Silence, The Child with His Head in the Air, The Long-Course Captain Snail , Stunned starlings, The closed window, The lost garden, Do not cut, The smart bird, The Model portrait, One moment. Refer to the sheet for each film to order it.

  • Literary adaptation, Drama, Fantasy and science fiction
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h40

The Perfect Nanny

by Lucie Borleteau

When mother of two children Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctancy, the couple starts looking for a Nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with everyone. But as Louise makes herself indispensable to the family, she starts revealing her unsettling true self.

  • Historical film, Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h33

Our Lady of the Nil

by Atiq Rahimi

Rwanda, 1973. Our Lady of the Nile is a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched high on a hill, where teenage girls are groomed to be the Rwandan elite. Graduation on the horizon, they share the same dormitory, the same dreams and concerns. But throughout the country as well as within the school, deep-seated antagonisms rumble. Changing these young girls’ lives – and the entire nation – forever.

  • Musical comedy
  • 1970
  • France
  • 1h30

Peau d'âne

by Jacques Demy

Le conte de Charles Perrault revu par Jacques Demy. Une princesse, conseillée par sa fée, refuse l'amour de son père en fuyant, cachée dans une peau d'âne, qu'elle quitte parfois quand elle est seule dans sa cabane. Un prince la découvre et en tombe amoureux.

  • Adventure, Historical film, Biopic, Literary adaptation
  • 2019
  • France, Canada, Belgium
  • 1h40

Sympathy for the Devil

by Guillaume De Fontenay

1992, war is raging in what will become Ex-Yugoslavia. Paul is covering the siege of Sarajevo. Flamboyant dandy, loud mouth, adrenaline junkie, provocative cigar-smoker, Paul Marchand is the war correspondent archetype. Racing through Sniper’s Alley in his white Ford, the Frenchman relentlessly tells the apathic western world about the ongoing massacre . In a urban war zone where everything that moves is a target, Paul tries to live, love and inform. How much can he endure before he starts taking up arms?

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  • Drama, Literary adaptation
  • 2018
  • Belgium, France
  • 2h15

An Impossible Love

by Catherine Corsini

At the end of the 1950s, Rachel, a young office clerk living in a provincial town, meets Philippe, a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived omance, from which a daughter is born. Over the next 50 years, their lives will be shaped by the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, overshadowed by the impossible love of a woman for a man that rejects her, and of a daughter for an absent and abusive father.

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