In January 1886, the Lumières brothers – inventors of cinema and French! – invited an audience to watch their movie, and people panicked.
These people had never been to the cinema before and seeing a train moving on screen overwhelmed them so much that they ran to the back of the room. Whether this story is true or not remains uncertain, but one thing is certain: watching movies is an excellent way to get to know French culture and language.
The manner in which the French approach art will forever remain disarming. Across a variety of forms, they capture a movement, a moment, and never turn a blind eye to the bustling social issues of a period in time. Vivid and prevalent across all their cultural outputs, these projections are never stronger than in their filmmaking; arguably the greatest offerings throughout the entire cinematic spectrum.
Chances are you’ve seen “Amélie” – if not, here is your chance -, but here are other cinematic experiences from the land of Truffaut and Godard, all made this past 20 years, which are well worth your time.
For the entire family, the 5 must-see French film programme at D2 Place will offer perfect evenings of discovery, romance or fun on the big screen.