French Film Club

The French Film Club is our invitation to discover
the best of Francophone and French cinema.

From September 2023 to April 2024, screenings of exclusive French-language films (with English subtitles) will take place at Altrincham Little Theatre. 

All screenings begin at 3pm.

The French Film Club is free for Alliance Française de Manchester members.

For non-members, all 12 films £45, any 5 films £27, any 3 films £19.50 and single ticket £8.
The student rate for union cardholders is 12 films £30, any 5 films £18, any 3 films £12 and a single ticket £5. 

Not yet a member? Get your membership here! 

All films must be pre-booked on the Manchester Film Weekender website - follow this link.


SUNday 10 September 2023

Quai d'Orsay / The French Minister

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (2013, Comedy, 1h54)
Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Thierry Lhermitte
Cert. TBC

Arthur Vlaminck (Raphaël Personnaz) lands a job as speechwriter in the Foreign Ministry. Existing senior advisers do not welcome a talented newcomer who may become a competitor but his abilities are recognised by the Minister (Thierry Lhermitte) and, most important, by Maupas (Niels Arestrup), the career official heading the department. That said, coming up with the right words for the constantly changing world situation and the constantly changing reactions of the Minister proves no easy task.

Free screening - pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Sunday 1 October 2023

Cyrano de Bergerac

Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1990, Drama, 2h17)
With Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet
Cert. PG

Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Gérard Depardieu) is in love with his cousin Roxane (Anne Brochet). He has never expressed his love for her as he is too ashamed of his large nose. So he finds a way to tell her about it, indirectly. Based on the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Sunday 15 October 2023

Une saison en France / One Season in France

Directed by Mahamat Saleh-Haroun (2017, Drama, 1h40)
With Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire
Cert. 12

Abbas (Eriq Ebouaney), a widowed college professor and father of two, seeks political asylum in France after fleeing the civil war that has raged in the Central African Republic since 2013. In France, he meets Carole (Sandrine Bonnaire), who consoles him in his anguish at the French immigration system. Two years of waiting finally elicit a response from the authorities. Everything he holds dear, including his hopes for both his future and those of his children, depends on their decision...

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Saturday 29 October 2023

De son vivant / Peaceful

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot (2021, Drama, 2h02)
With Benoît Magimel, Catherine Deneuve, Cécile de France
Cert. TBC

A son (Benoît Magimel) is in denial about a serious illness. A mother (Catherine Deneuve) is facing the unbearable. And alongside them a doctor (Gabriel Sara) and a nurse (Cécile de France) are fighting to do their job and help them find acceptance. The four of them have one year and four seasons to come together and understand what it means to die while living.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

SUNDay 26 November 2023

La famille Bélier / The Bélier family

Directed by Eric Lartigau (2014, Comedy-Drama, 1h46)
With Louane, Karin Viard, François Damiens
Cert. 12

Sixteen-year-old Paula Bélier (Louane) is an indispensable interpreter for her deaf parents (Karin Viard and François Damiens) and brother on a daily basis, especially in the running of the family farm. One day, a music teacher discovers her gift for singing and encourages Paula to audition for a prestigious music college in Paris. However, this would mean leaving her family... The French movie that inspired American Oscar-winning remake “CODA”. 

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

SUNDAY 3 December 2023

Dans la maison / In the House

Directed by François Ozon (2012, Drama, 1h45)
With Fabrice Luchini, Emmanuelle Seigner
Cert. R

A 16-year-old boy (Ernst Humhauer) insinuates himself into the home and family of a student in his class, and writes about it in his essays to his French teacher (Fabrice Luchini). The teacher, faced with this gifted and unconventional pupil, regains a taste for teaching, but the student's behaviour triggers a series of uncontrollable events involving the friend’s mother (Emmanuelle Seigner) and the teacher’s wife (Kristine Scott Thomas). 

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

SUNDAY 17 December 2023

Peau d'âne / Donkey Skin

Directed by Jacques Demy (1970, Musical, 1h31)
With Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Seyrig, Jacques Perrin, Jean Marais
Cert. PG

A princess (Catherine Deneuve), advised by her fairy (Delphine Seyrig), refuses her father’s (Jean Marais) love by running away, hidden in a donkey skin, which she sometimes leaves when she is alone in her hut. A prince (Jacques Perrin) discovers her and falls in love with her. A fairy-tale by Charles Perrault revisited by Jacques Demy which is a treat for the end-of-year festivities!

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

SUNDAY 21 january 2024

La Fracture / The Divide

Directed by Catherine Corsini (2021, Comedy-Drama, 1h38)
With Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi, Marina Foïs, Pio Marmaï
Cert. TBC

Raf (Valéria Bruni Tedeschi) and Julie (Marina Foïs), a couple on the verge of breaking up, find themselves in an emergency room close to asphyxiation on the evening of a Parisian Yellow Vests demonstration. Their encounter with Yann (Pio Marmaï), an angry and injured protester, will shatter the certainties and prejudices of each. Outside, the tension mounts. The hospital, under pressure, has to close its doors. The staff is overwhelmed. It's going to be a long night...

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Sunday 18 FEBRUary 2024

La Vérité / The Truth

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu (2019, Comedy-Drama, 1h46)
With Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche
Cert. PG

Kore-eda’s first film made outside his native Japan brings together Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche for a tempestuous mother-daughter relationship. Fabienne Dangeville is a very famous French actress, giving an interview about her upcoming book. Her daughter, screenwriter Lumir, and her family arrive for her book launch. The reunion becomes an opportunity to explore questions of love, art, and responsibility. A witty and elegant film with numerous pleasures for lovers of cinema.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Sunday 24 MARCH 2024

Un fils / A Son

Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui (2019, Drama, 1h36)
With Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri
Cert. U

Farès (Sami Bouajila) and Meriem (Najla Ben Abdallah) form with Aziz (Youssef Khemiri), their 10-year-old son, a modern Tunisian family from a privileged environment. During a trip to the south of Tunisia, their car is targeted by a terrorist group and the young boy is seriously injured... this accident will upset their life and their marriage.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.


La croisade / The crusade

Directed by Louis Garrel (2017, Comedy, 1h07)
With Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta
Cert. TBC

Abel (Louis Garrel), Marianne (Laetitia Casta) and their 13-year-old son Joseph (Joseph Engel) live together in Paris. Their everyday existence is thrown into turmoil when Abel and Marianne discover that Joseph has secretly sold valuables from the family home to finance a mysterious ecological project he and his friends have in Africa. They’re about to save the planet.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.


Dalva / Love according to Dalva

Directed by Emmanuelle Nicot (2022, Drama, 1h23)
With Zelda Samson, Alexis Manenti, Fanta Guirassy
Cert. 15

Dalva (Zelda Samson), 12, lives alone with her father. One evening, the police storm into their home and take her into foster care. As Dalva befriends her new roommate Samia (Fanta Guirassy) and social worker Jayden (Alexis Manenti), she gradually comes to understand that the love she shared with her father was not what she thought. With their help, Dalva will learn to become a child again. A poignant debut feature exploring the ramifications of abuse with deep sensitivity and uncompromising grace, in a hopeful journey to recovery.

Pre-booking obligatory via this link.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Alliance Française de Manchester cultural events are open and accessible to everyone. They are public events and under 18s remain the responsability of their parent/guardian at all times. Please be aware that films may not have a UK age classification.


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