A French Film Festival at Cornell!

Wed, 08/15/2018

We are excited to announce the French Film Festival at Cornell University, presented by Cornell Cinema, the Tournées Film Festival & the Department of Romance Studies! Organized by Claire Ménard with the help of the French program, the eleven-film series aims to foster discussion and community around these French and Francophone films. Everyone is welcome to attend. All screenings will take place at Cornell Cinema's Willard Straight Theatre, and ticket prices can be found here.

Visit Cornell Cinema's site for more information about the French Film Festival and schedule, or read on for descriptions of the upcoming films.

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La Chinoise

Wednesday, Sept 19 @ 7:15      

Sunday, Sept 23 @ 9:00

1967 > France > Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

With Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto, Anne Wiazemsky

A group of ideologically infatuated French philosophy students spend a summer converting a luxurious Parisian apartment into a revolutionary hot-bed in this clever and colorfully intoxicating cine-essay from Godard's early years.   Shown in a recent digital restoration. Subtitled.

1 hr 33 min


Let the Sunshine In*


This screening will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Dept of Romance Studies – stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, Oct 17 @ 7:15       

2018 > France > Directed by Claire Denis

With Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Gerard Depardieu

Juliette Binoche is incandescent as a middle-aged Parisian artist in search of a lasting love, but refusing to settle for any of the flawed men in her life. What reads like a standard romantic comedy premise is transformed, in the hands of master filmmaker Denis, into something altogether deeper, more poignant and perceptive, about the profound mysteries of love. Subtitled. More at ifcfilms.com/films/let-the-sunshine-in

1 hr 34 min



Thursday, Oct 18 @ 7:15

Sunday, Oct 21 @ 7:00  

2017 > France/Senegal > Directed by Alain Gomis

With Vero Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka

Felicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search for help through the streets of the city, a world of music and dreams. What begins as gritty, music-infused drama gradually morphs into a dreamlike mood piece and, eventually, a tentative romance. "A virtual documentary of city sights and moods, and also a bitter expose of a country without a social safety net. Blue-toned dream sequences and classical-music interludes suggest counter-lives of idealistic aspirations, private and public." (The New Yorker) Subtitled. More at strandreleasing.com/films/felicite/

2 hrs 3 min


The Crime of Monsieur Lange*

Saturday, Oct 20 @ 7:15

Sunday, Oct 21 @ 4:30  

1936 > France > Directed by Jean Renoir

With Rene Lefevre, Jules Berry

Renoir made this film on a shoestring budget so that he could have perfect freedom to tell his tale of collective resistance to fascism.   A writer of pulp fiction cowboy novels helps to organize a cooperative to run the publishing house when the boss, played as pure evil by Jules Berry, is reported dead.  The boss turns up alive, though, and Monsieur Lange must commit murder to preserve the new order.  One of the most influential films of the 1930s. Shown in a recent digital restoration. Subtitled. More at rialtopictures.com/catalogue/the-crime-of-monsieur-lange

1 hr 30 min


Faces Places*

Monday, Oct 22 @ 7:00

2017 > France > Directed by Anges Varda, JR

With Anges Varda, JR

Kindred spirits Agnes Varda and photographer JR share a radical passion for images and their creation and dissemination. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR's photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing enormous portraits of them, prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains. "The subject of [the film] is the heroism of daily life, the recognition of the daily labor and struggles of factory workers, farmers, waitresses, and, for that matter, women over all whose private roles in sustaining the public lives of their male partners go largely uncommemorated." (The New Yorker) Awarded Best Documentary of 2017 by both the NY and LA Film Critics Associations and shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Subtitled. More at cohenmedia.net/films/faces-places

1 hr 29 min


The Passion of Joan of Arc

Thursday, Oct 25 @ 9:00

Sunday, Oct 28 @ 4:30  

1928 > France > Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

With Maria Falconetti, Antonin Artaud

Considered one of the greatest films of all time; the acting and camera styles introduced in it represent the birth of modern filmmaking. The soundtrack on this new digital restoration is Richard Einhorn's extraordinary Voices of Light, an original orchestral work inspired by the film and performed by renowned choral ensemble Anonymous 4, the Nederlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic. Subtitled. More at janusfilms.com/films/1032

1 hr 22 min



Sunday, Oct 28 @ 7:00  

2017 > France > Directed by Robin Campillo

With Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel

Leave it to France to produce a ferocious feature film centered around ACT-UP, the direct-action group that sprang up to fight AIDS in the 80s and 90s. "...sprawling, thrilling, finally heart-bursting group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s." (Variety) Winner of the FIPRESCI prize & Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes and named Best Foreign Film of 2017 by both the LA & NY Film Critics. Subtitled. More at theorchard.com/filmtv/

2 hrs 20 min


Diary of a Country Priest

Sunday, Nov 4 @ 4:30   

1950 > France > Directed by Robert Bresson

With Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral

"Bresson's adaptation of George Bernanos's famous novel about a young priest, dying of cancer, whose attempts to assuage the suffering of the people in his village are met with malice and indifference, established  the severe style for which Bresson subsequently became famous." (Cinematheque Ontario) Subtitled. More at rialtopictures.com/catalogue/diary-of-a-country-priest

1 hr 50 min


Saint Laurent*

Sunday, Nov 4 @ 7:00   

2014 > France > Directed by Bertrand Bonello

With Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremie Renier, Louis Garrel

This ravishing film about designer Yves Saint Lauurent is a sensual journey through 70s fashion, drugs and a creative genius striving for la dolce vita. "You're not sure if you've witnessed a tragedy in the guise of a fashion show, or the reverse." (NY Times) Subtitled. More at sonyclassics.com/saintlaurent

2 hrs 30 min


One Sings, the Other Doesn't

Wednesday, Nov 7 @ 7:00        

Friday, Nov 9 @ 7:00    

1977 > France > Directed by Agnès Varda

With Therese Liotard, Valerie Mairesse, Robert Dadies

Agnès Varda's enchanting ode to feminist liberation is part blissed-out bohemian musical, part revolutionary cri de cœur. Two lifelong friends – one, a traveling feminist folk singer, the other a reproductive rights activist – share in the intimate details of each other's lives.  Shown in a recent digital restoration. Subtitled. More at janusfilms.com/films/1891

2 hrs 


Cold Water

Thursday, Nov 15 @ 7:00

1994 > France > Directed by Olivier Assayas

With Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet

An acclaimed early work by Olivier Assayas that has long remained unavailable, Cold Water is a deeply felt coming-of-age drama. Drawing from his own youthful experiences, Assayas revisits the outskirts of Paris in the early 1970s, offering a portrait of teenage lovers and adolescent rebellion, with its main characters shoplifting, partying, and bucking authority like there's no tomorrow. With a rock soundtrack that vividly evokes the period, and provides the backdrop for one of the most memorable party sequences ever committed to film. Shown in a recent digital restoration. Subtitled. More at janusfilms.com/films/1887

1 hr 33 min


Films marked with an * are supported by a grant from the Tournées Film Festival, which is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.

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