LITTLE FRENCH CINEMA
Oldham - March to november 2024
From March to November 2024, we are partnering with Little French Cinema, a group of enthusiasts for all things French in Oldham, for the screening of some of their films.
There are five French-language films this season, both classic and contemporary.
Screenings are at Oldham Library Performance Space. All films are in French with English subtitles. The programme is available below.
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 29 February 2024.
Tickets can be booked in advance for individual films at £4 plus booking fee through Eventbrite.
Alliance Française de Manchester members are entitled to two tickets for the price of one upon production of a membership card at the door.
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Alliance Française members wishing to take advantage of the two tickets for the price of one offer should purchase one ticket through Eventbrite and phone 07742 982 632 to reserve the free ticket.
Thursday 28 March @6:15pm
La Fille du Puisatier/The Well Digger’s Daughter
6:15pm Wine and cheese reception
Film starts at 7pm
Adapted from a novel by Marcel Pagnol and starring Daniel Auteuil, the story is set in the south of France at the start of WWII. Patricia, the youngest of the well digger’s daughters is being courted by his middle-aged friend Felipe but she is captivated by Jacques, an unreliable younger man from an upwardly mobile bourgeois family.Get your membership here
Thursday 2 May @7pm
Des Hommes et des Dieux/Of Gods and Men
A fictionalised account of real events which occurred in a Cistercian monastery in Algeria in 1996. The monks have, for many years, lived in harmony with Muslims from local villages, partly because the monks provided a free outpatient clinic. They have a quiet, supportive respect for each other’s traditions. The harmony of the relationship and the monks’ personal beliefs are deeply tested when intolerant Muslim extremists become active in the surrounding areas.Get your membership here
Thursday 4 July @7pm
Les Pires/The Worst Ones
A film shooting is going to take place at the cité Picasso, in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in the north of France. During the casting, four teenagers, Lily, Ryan, Maylis and Jessy are chosen to play in the film. Everyone in the neighbourhood is surprised: why only take the “worst ones”?Get your membership here
Thursday 5 September @7pm
Entre les murs/The Class
Based on an autobiographical novel by former teacher François Bégaudeau, who also plays the role of the teacher in the film, it follows the experience of the teacher in a tough multi-ethnic school in the Parisian banlieue. It focuses on the teacher’s experience with a group of fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds in a French language and Literature class and in particular, the interaction between the teacher and two outspoken and challenging young women, and Souleymane, a troubled young man.Get your membership here
Thursday 3 October @7pm
A bout de souffle/Breathless
Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo both show what it can mean to be young and in love. The anti-hero Michel is a swaggering, misogynistic petty criminal who steals a car in the South of France and kills a policeman on the road to Paris. There he meets up with Patricia, an American ex-girlfriend. They talk aimlessly about literature, watch movies and make love. All the time the police are closing in on Michel.Get your membership here
Thursday 7 November @7pm
Mon Oncle d’Amérique/My American Uncle
One of the oddest movies ever to emerge from the hand of director Alain Resnais, and also perhaps his most popular. A trio of people (Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre) are presented as “case histories” by a lecturer—and we see them not only in their work environments, but also in terms of the cinematic role models (Jean Gabin, Jean Marais, Danielle Darrieux) that have helped shape their self-images..Get your membership here