French Film Club

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

From April to July 2023, screenings of exclusive French-language films (with English subtitles) will take place at Manchester Central Library. 

The French Film Club is free and open to all.

Advance registration obligatory, via our site (see below).

We are delighted to be partnering with Oldham based Little French Cinema for their 2023 cinema programme. Click on the logo for more information.


Wednesday 26 april, 5.45pm

Les promesses / The Promises

Directed by Thomas Kruithof (2021, Drama, 1h38)
Isabelle Huppert, Reda Kateb
Cert. TBC (recommended 12+)

"Mayor of a city in the suburbs of Paris, Clémence and Yazid, her chief of staff, are engaged in a fierce battle to save the Bernardins district, a housing estate plagued by insalubrity and "sleep merchants". This will be her last fight, before handing over at the next election. But when Clémence is approached to become a minister, her ambition puts all her plans into question. Can Clémence abandon her city, her loved ones, and her promises?"

View trailer here - Registration obligatory, via our website.
Let us know you'll be attending here

TUesday 16 may, 5.45pm


Directed by Mounia Meddour (2019, Drama, 1h45)
With Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda
Cert. 15 - in Arabic and French. 

"Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma, an 18-year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War prevent her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show."

 View trailer here - Free event, registration obligatory.
 Let us know you'll be attending here

Wednesday 14 june, 5.45pm

Compartiment tueurs / The Sleeping Car Murders 

Directed by Costa-Gavras (1965, Crime-Comedy, 1h35)
With Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Perrin
Cert. TBC (recommended 15+)

"This first feature by Franco-Greek director Costa-Gavras is a humorous, visually punchy take on the murder mystery. Six people share a sleeping compartment on a Paris-bound train. After they arrive, one of them is found strangled, and before long, the killer starts bumping off the remaining passengers. Red herrings abound and the twists and thrills are masterfully executed!"

 View trailer here - Free event, registration obligatory.
 Let us know you'll be attending here

wednesday 12 july, 5.45PM

Petite nature / Softie

Directed by Samuel Theis (2021, Drama, 1h33)
With Aliocha Reinert, Antoine Reinartz, Melissa Olexa
Cert. TBC (recommended 15+)

"Ten-year-old Johnny stands out from his family and his tough neighbourhood in Eastern France. He's sensitive, intelligent and interested in all kinds of things way beyond his years. With curiosity, he observes the ups and downs of his young single mother's turbulent love life. Things change when a new teacher, fresh from the big city, takes over Johnny's class. Mr. Adamski believes in Johnny and wants to open a new world to him. The sophisticated young teacher also intrigues the boy."

 View trailer here - Free event, registration obligatory.
 Let us know you'll be attending here

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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