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.
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.
Seats are limited – register online today!
– SATURDAY 6 MAY – 7PM : PRINCES AND PRINCESSES
A Feature film by Michel Ocelot
Produced by Les Armateurs , La Fabrique Production , Studio O
A series of six stories told by means of a shadow theater…
A couple of creative and curious kids get together each night in an abandoned movie theater. With the help of an old projectionist, they create a whole other universe, becoming the heroes of the stories they’ve invented…
– SATURDAY 13 MAY – 7PM : THE INTOUCHABLES
A Feature film by Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Produced by BBDA Quad Productions
Actors: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy
After a paragliding accident, Philippe, a rich aristocrat, is confined to his home. He employs Driss as home help. Driss is a young guy from the projects recently out of prison. In short, the person the least adapted for the job. Vivaldi and Earth, Wind and Fire, fine language and slang, suits and jogging outfits come together and a clash is inevitable. Two worlds collide and win each other over to give birth to a friendship as crazy, funny, and fierce as it is unexpected. A unique relationship that will make sparks fly and render Philippe and Driss untouchable.
– SATURDAY 20 MAY – 7PM : PERSEPOLIS
A Feature film by Marjane Satrapi, Winshluss
Produced by 2.4.7. Films (247 Films)
This is a heartbreaking true story of a childhood coinciding with regime change and war in Iran. It is seen through the eyes of Marjane Satrapi who grew up a tomboy, larking around in sneakers and getting into scraps with boys. At the age of ten she goes to school and finds that her entire world has changed. Girls and boys enter the shool building through different doors and Marjane, no longer allowed to wear her boysih clothes, is forced to cover up in a long dark robe. Her strong will gets her in to several close encounters with her teachers at school and later the country’s morality police. Marjane grows up with Iraqi bombs falling on her street and strict rules governing her life. Eventually her parents decide she would be better off with an education abroad and send her to Europe. Despite the freedom of Europe, she lisses her family and her country despite its flaws, and has returned to Iran before long. She is in a brief marriage upon her return but when that fails Marjene leaves her country for good.
– SATURDAY 27 MAY – 7PM : Asterix and Obelix, Mission Cleopatra
A Feature film by Alain Chabat
Produced by Katharina, Renn Productions
Actors: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Belluci
It’s back in 52 BC. That’s right, BC. Although Gaul isn’t totally overrun, Cleopatra’s Egypt is under the yoke of the Roman Empire. What’s worse is that Cleopatra, that dame with the big nose, has had the good sense to chose Caesar for her boyfriend. Caesar is the Emperor of the Greatest of All Peoples. Or so he says.
– SATURDAY 3 JUNE – 7PM: THE CHORUS
A Feature film by Christophe Barratier
Produced by Galatée Films
Actors: Gerard Jugnot, Francois Berléand, Kad Merad
- Clément Mathieu, an unemployed music teacher, finds a job as proctor in a correctional boarding school for minors.
Although particularly harsh, the educational policies of the school’s director, Rachin, are proving ineffectual.
Clément sets out to change the pupils’ lives by acquainting them with the magic and power of music