8th September 2017
Jour de Fête by Jacques Tati (1949)
Tati plays an appealingly self-deluded buffoon, François – a postman who, impressed by the efficiency of the U.S. postal system, makes a misguided attempt to introduce modern methods in the depths of rural France. Tati’s antics on his old bicycle are endlessly inventive and the film also serves as an affectionate, gently mocking tribute to a vanishing way of life.
6th October 2017
Camille redouble by Noémie Lvovsky (2012) – (Camille rewinds)
After a drunken night, Camille wakes up to find herself 16 years old again. Now in the body of a 40-year-old woman, she has to re-adjust to the adolescent life she knew in 1985. How does it feel to find yourself among your schoolmates when you could be their parents? Camille redouble is an inventive film, both moving and funny.
1st December 2017
French Cancan by Jean Renoir (1955)
In the 1890s, Henri Danglard, a seductive theatrical producer and cabaret owner, loses money and decides to revive the can-can in order to revive his own fortunes. French Cancan is a colourful musical set in Montmartre in a sumptuous Belle Epoque atmosphere, featuring Edith Piaf.
2nd February 2018
La fille coupée en deux by Claude Chabrol (2007) – (A girl cut in two)
Gabrielle, a pretty weather-presenter, falls in love with a famous and perverse writer and then marries an unstable billionaire… . A girl cut in two is one of the last thrillers by Claude Chabrol, the most popular and prolific director of the Nouvelle Vague. It is a dissection of bourgeois marriage that deals with infidelity leading to murder, all with a great sense of black humour.
27th April 2018
Les Invisibles by Sébastien Lifshitz (2012)
Les Invisibles is a brilliant documentary portraying the life of people whose only common point is their homosexuality. With great freedom of speech, people in their seventies share their joy at being themselves while being in the margins. Dealing with a political topic, it is, above all, a film about love.
15th June 2018
Fatima by Philippe Faucon (2015)
Fatima is a portrait of a housekeeper of Moroccan origin who sacrifices herself so that her daughters get a chance to study. The film is melodramatic and social, with no hint of pathos, dealing with the generation gap, second-generation immigrants and language barriers.