Ciné-club: French Language Film Series

Spring 2018 schedule:
(All films presented in French with English subtitles.)

 Mon RoiMonday, February 12,  2018; 7:30 PM | Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, Maïwenn's Mon Roi (2015)

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free.


 8 femmesMonday, February 19, 2018; 7:30 PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, François Ozon's Huit Femmes (2009)

One morning at an isolated mansion in the snowy countryside of 1950s France, a family is gathered for the holiday season. But there will be no celebration at all because their beloved patriarch has been murdered! The killer can only be one of the eight women closest to the man of the house.



 ElleMonday, March 12, 2018; 7:30 PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents,  Paul Verhoeven's Elle (2016)

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.


 Bande de FillesMonday, April 30, 2018; 7:30 PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, Céline Sciamma 's Bande de Filles (2014)

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects, and the boy's law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted into the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.



Fall 2017 schedule:

Film Poster DheepanMonday, October 23, 2017; 7:30 PM | Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan (2015)

Three Sri Lankan refugees pretend to be a family as they try to make better lives for themselves in a Parisian housing project. This film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.



 WelcomeMonday November 20, 2017; 7:30PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, Philippe Lioret’s Welcome (2009)

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel -- even though he's unable to swim. Simon Calmat, the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey. The two soon form a strong bond that helps them in unexpected ways. This film won several awards at a number of international film festivals, including Berlin.


 La HaineMonday, November 27, 7:30 PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents,  Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (1995)

When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the notoriously violent suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim's peers — Vinz, Said, and Hubert — wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer's discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn. This film won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival along with many other awards.



 Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu ?Monday, December 11, 2017; 7:30 PM, Wilson College Black Box Theater
Ciné-Club presents, Philippe de Chauveron's Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu ? (2014)

A Catholic couple from France has their life turned upside down when their four daughters marry men from different races and religions.




Spring 2017 schedule:

 La Graine et le MuletWednesday, February 8, 2017; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Abdellatif Kechiche's, "La Graine et le Mulet" (2007)

At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the schisms and tensions that are easily sparked off and that financial difficulties make even more intense.


 La Grande VadrouilleWednesday, February 22, 2017; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Gérard Oury's, "La Grande Vadrouille" (1966)

Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. Three of the crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort.


 La Charme Discret de la BourgeoisieTuesday, March 7, 2017; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Luis Buñuel's, "Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie" (1972)

A surreal series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.




 L'histoire d'Adele H.Tuesday, March 28, 2017; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Francois Truffaut’s, "L'Histoire d'Adèle H" (1975)

Adèle, daughter of French author and patriot Victor Hugo, is beautiful, composed and filled with the same brilliant writing talent as her famous father. However, Adele is driven not by literary aspirations but by love. Impelled by a need that will not be denied, she has run away from home to follow her handsome, womanizing lover


 Cléo de 5 a 7Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Agnés Varda’s, "Cléo de 5 à 7" (1962)

Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.



 Playtime by Jacques TatiTuesday, April 25, 2017 | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Cine-Club presents, Jacques Tati’s, "Playtime" (1967)

Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.


Fall 2016 schedule:

 Masculin, FémininTuesday, October 18, 2016; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Jean-Luc Godard's, "Masculin, Féminin" (1966)

-A series of vignettes about youth culture in mid 1960's urban France are presented. These vignettes are tied together by a central thread, the story of twenty-one year old Paul, who witnesses or overhears many of these happenings. He has just completed his eighteen month mandatory military service, and thus is just beginning the real phase of being what would be considered his adult life.


TomboyTuesday, November 08, 2016; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Céline Sciamma's, "Tomboy" (2011)

-A French family with two daughters, 10-year-old Laure and 6-year-old Jeanne, moves to a new neighborhood during the summer holidays. With her Jean Seberg haircut and tomboy ways, Laure is immediately mistaken for a boy by the local kids and passes herself off as Michael. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this drama of childhood gender confusion.


poster for le regle du jeuTuesday, November 29, 2016; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Jean Renoir's, "La Régle du Jeu" (1939)

-The film is a comedy of manners that depicts members of upper-class French society and their servants just before the beginning of World War II, showing their moral callousness on the eve of impending destruction.
The most expensive French film up to that time, with its original budget of 2.5 million francs increased to over five million. When directing the film, Renoir and cinematographer Jean Bachelet made use of deep-focus cinematography and long shots during which the camera is constantly moving.

Poster for GainsbourgTuesday, December 13, 2016; 7:00 PM | Rocky/Mathey Theater
Ciné Club presents, Joann Sfar's, "Gainsbourg, vie héroïque" (2010)

-The film follows notorious musician Serge Gainsbourg's exploits from his upbringing in Nazi-occupied France through his rise to fame and love affairs with Juliette Gréco, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin to his later experimentation with reggae in Jamaica.  The film also includes many of Gainsbourg's more famous songs, which serve as the soundtrack to the film and often serve as plot elements themselves.