French Film Series - Spring 2017

Wednesdays in Founders 123, the Rigsby Language and Culture Commons
(unless otherwise noted)


  • French with English subtitles. 
  • Everyone is welcome. 
  • Supported by a grant from the Enhanced Student-Faculty Interaction Fund.

Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

February 15, 7:00-9:15 p.m.

A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amélie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better. From then on, she dedicates herself to helping others find happiness in the most delightfully unexpected ways. But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Michèle Magnin,


Je vous trouve très beau

March 15, 7:00-9:15 p.m.

When farmer Aymé Pigrenet loses his wife, he is not exactly overwhelmed by sorrow, rather by the sheer amount of work that suddenly falls on his shoulders. Soon, he realizes he won't make it alone and he needs another companion to cope with it. But finding a new spouse is no simple task in his small rural town: Aymé turns to a matchmaker who quickly understands that he's not after a soul mate and advises him to go to Romania where young women will do anything to escape poverty. And indeed, it's in Romania that Aymé meets Elena... Written by JR Bouvier

Watch the trailer.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Sophie Halvin,



April 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in CAMINO 117

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English Channel when you can't swim? The boy soon discovers that his trip won't be as easy as he imagined... The community of struggling illegal aliens in Calais is captured with authenticity, from the point of view of people who arrived there knowing nothing about France. This immigrant drama, with wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story which uses documentary austerity and minimalist style to create a great emotional impact.  - Written by Warsaw Film Festival

French, Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles.

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Shirley Saad,



Thursday, May 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in CAMINO 109

A young opera-loving mailman, Jules, becomes inadvertently entangled in murder, when a young woman fleeing two mob hit men drops an incriminating cassette into his mailbag. Jules has just recently recorded opera star Cynthia Hawkins' latest concert, something of a coup as Hawkins refuses to make recordings of any kind. Soon Jules finds himself the target of the hit men, who want the voice recording, and also of another couple of ominous and mysterious agents. Written by garykmcd

For more information, please contact:
Prof. Michèle Magnin,

Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

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