French Film Club
MANCHESTER FILM WEEKENDER
From October 2022 to February 2023, we are delighted to be partnering with Manchester Film Weekender (MFW) to bring a season of French Cinema to Altrincham.
This season is made of 10 exclusive recent French-language films, often rarely if ever previously screened in the UK.
Each film will be introduced by a member of Alliance Française de Manchester (AFM), who will also conduct the post-screening discussion.
Screening will take place on a full-size cinema screen at Altrincham Little Theatre on Sundays afternoons. All films are in French with English subtitles. The programme is available below.
AFM members are entitled to two free tickets per screening! You just need to fill in the booking form and remember to bring your AFM membership card to the box office on the day to collect your tickets.
Not yet a member? Get your membership here!
Sunday 29 January, 3pm
Médecin de nuit / The Night Doctor
Directed by Elie Wajeman - 2020, 88 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)
"Mikael is a doctor on call at night. It’s a vocation. Between visiting patients in slum areas, he cares for those whom no one else wants to see: the drug addicts, the homeless… he rubs shoulders with destitution.
Mikael's personal and professional life is a mess - he is torn between his wife and his mistress, and his pharmacist cousin is making him write false prescriptions for Subutex.
Overnight, he decides to get out of drug trafficking and rebuild his life. But there will be a heavy price to pay."Get your membership here
Sunday 19 February, 3pm
Delphine et Carole, insoumuses / Delphine and Carole
Directed by Callisto McNulty - 2018, 70 min., recommended 15+ (UK NC)
"A portrait of 1970s feminism, the film retraces the encounter of actress Delphine Seyrig and director Carole Roussopoulos in 1974, their creative and disruptive use of video, their radical actions and incisive humour.
Archive material documents their fight for equality both on and off the screen, as well as behind the camera."Get your membership here
Sunday 26 February, 3pm
Les hirondelles de Kaboul / The Swallows of Kabul
Directed by Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec - 2018, 81 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)
"Summer 1998 - Kabul is under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.
The film is an adaptation of Yasmina Khadra’s international bestseller about life under Taliban control in the Afghan capital. The beautifully drawn animation (many scenes would have been nearly impossible to shoot as live fiction or on location) is no children's cartoon, but a hard-hitting tale of repression, injustice and chilling brutality."Get your membership here
LITTLE FRENCH CINEMA (OLDHAM)
From March to November 2023, we are also delighted to be partnering with Little French Cinema, a group of enthusiasts for all things French in Oldham, to facilitate the screening of some of the films from their 2023 cinema programme.
Their season is made of five French-language films, both classic and contemporary.
Screening will take place on a large screen in Oldham Library's Performance Space on Thursday evenings. All films are in French with English subtitles. The programme is available below.
AFM members are entitled to two tickets for the price of one upon production of a membership card at the door.
Not yet a member? Get your membership here!
TICKETS: A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on the door at £5 per film (cash only) or you can book a season ticket for all five films for £20 by phoning 07742 982 632 before 17 February 2023. Tickets can be booked in advance for individual films at £4 plus booking fee through Eventbrite.
Thursday 2 March, 7pm
Conte d'été / A Summer's Tale
Directed by Eric Rohmer - 1996, 113 min. (Cert. U)
"A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him.
Thus, the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him."Get your membership here
Thursday 4 May, 7pm
Le dernier métro / The Last Metro
Directed by François Truffaut - 1980, 131 min. (Cert. PG)
"In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theatre owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.
Winner of 10 Césars (The French Oscars) including Best Actress for Catherine Deneuve and Best Actor for Gérard Depardieu."Get your membership here
Thursday 6 July, 7pm
La fine fleur / The Rose Maker
Directed by Pierre Pinaud - 2020, 105 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)
"Eve Vernet was the largest rose grower in the region. Her business, though, is now on the verge of bankruptcy, about to be bought out by a powerful competitor. In addition, Véra, her faithful secretary, has just hired three new staff members without any gardening skills."Get your membership here
Thursday 7 September, 7PM
Continuer / Keep Going
Directed by Joachim Lafosse - 2018, 84 min. (French classification: All - UK NC)
"Sybille has persuaded her adult son Samuel to come on a trek in the hope of finding a new rapport. But challenges await, as much from their own personalities as from the arduous landscape."Get your membership here
Thursday 2 November, 7pm
Le boucher / The Butcher
Directed by Claude Chabrol - 1965, 93 min. (Cert. 15)
"Le Boucher is arguably Chabrol's masterpiece, an elegant construction of mood, tone and atmosphere that is disarmingly effective and acutely disquieting."Get your membership here