The French and Francophone Department at Connecticut College presents:

The French and Francophone Film Festival with Albertine Cinémathèque
October 24 - 28, 2022

 All films are subtitled in English.  Free and open to the public.
Each screening is followed by a discussion.


October 24, 6:30 PM, in Shain Library living room. All Warmly Welcome.

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Monday, October 24

Film screening: 7 p.m. Chu Room, Shain Library.
Directed by Xavier Giannoli, 2022.
Intro. by James Austin, Associate Professor of French.

Official Trailer

This adaptation of a Balzac novel paints a timely picture of ambition and media corruption in 19th-century France with the story of aspiring poet Lucien, introduced to journalism by a salon of wordsmiths, who make or break Parisian reputations with insouciant impunity. In French. 150 min.


Tuesday, October 25

Film screening: 4:30 p.m. Blaustein 210.
Directed by David Dufresne, 2020.
Intro. by Jacob Levi, Visiting Lecturer in French.

Official Trailer

As anger and resentment grow in the face of social inequalities, many citizen-led protests are being repressed with ever-increasing violence. This documentary offers views on the social order and the legitimacy of the use of force by the State. In French. 89 min.


Tuesday, October 25

Film screening: 7 p.m. Blaustein 210.
Directed by Philippe Béziat, 2021
Intro. by Heidi Henderson, Professor of Dance.

Official Trailer

A group of 30 dancers – whose specialties range from krump to hip-hop and breakdance, among others – reimagine Rameau’s exoticizing opéra-ballet Les Indes Galantes of 1735 as a contemporary story of diversity, plight and dynamism in modern France. In French. 108 min.


Wednesday, October 26

Film screening: 7 p.m. Chu Room, Shain Library
Directed by Alain Resnais, 1961.
Intro. by Nina Martin, Associate Professor of Film Studies.

Official Trailer

This labyrinthian classic takes the viewer on a strange journey to a luxurious mansion, where a stranger tries to persuade a woman to run away with him, but it seems she hardly remembers the affair they may, or not, have had a year prior at Mariendbad. In French. 94 min.


Thursday, October 27

Film screening: 7 p.m. Blaustein 210.
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2021.
Intro. by Robyn Pront, Visiting Assistant Professor of French.

Official Trailer

Amina, a determined single mother lives with her 15-year-old daughter on the outskirts of the capital of Chad. When she learns of her daughter’s unwanted pregnancy, they both start seeking out an abortion, condemned by both religion and law. In French and Chadian Arabic. 88 min.


Friday, October 28

Film screening: 7 p.m. Blaustein 210.
Directed by Valérie Lemercier, 2015.
Intro. by Sana Abdi, Assistant Professor of French.

Official Trailer

In this pseudo-biopic, freely inspired by the life of singer Céline Dion, “Aline” climbs from local phenomenon to international superstar, and embarks on the two great romances of her life: one with Guy-Claude and the other with the stage. In Québecois French. 128 min.

Reception To Follow Screening, To Close The Festival In Style 

Albertine Cinémathèque is a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation with the support of the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée) and the Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain. This festival is also made possible by the French and Francophone Department, CISLA, Government and International Relations, Information Services, the Film Studies Department, CCSRE, the Anthropology Department, Global Learning Lab, the Walter Commons, the Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and History Departments. Contact: