As part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie,

The Alliance française of Edmonton introduces the

French Film Festival

Edmonton – 5 – 22 March 2016

7 movies, 4 sites!

 

All movies are in French, with English subtitles.

Date Site Title Time
March 5 AFE A perfect plan 7pm
March 9 CSJ Mommy 6pm
March 13 AFE A perfect man 3:30pm
March 14 CAVA Femme debout 6pm
March 18 UofA Turk’s head 6pm
March 20 AFE The Little Prince 3:30pm
March 22 AFE Love songs 6pm

Un Plan Parfait - Vignette WebsiteA perfect plan – Saturday, March 5 / 7pm at the Alliance française of Edmonton

Synopsis: A curse wipes out all weddings of Isabel’s family. In order to counter it, she adopts a strategy which consists in marrying the man she loves: find a naïve guy, charm him, marry him and then divorce. Sounds like a perfect plan… if the guy in question wouldn’t be Jean-Yves Berthier, a touristic guide redactor she will follow from Kilimandjaro to Moscow! A nuptial trip for the best, and especially the worst!


MommyMommy – Wednesday, March 9 / at 6pm at Campus Saint Jean

Synopsis: A widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son. As they try to make ends meet and struggle with their impetuous and unpredictable ménage, the new girl across the street, Kyla, benevolently offers needed support. Together, they find a new sense of balance, and hope is regained.

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Un homme idéalA perfect man – Sunday, March 13 / at 3:30pm at Alliance française of Edmonton

Synopsis: Mathieu is 25 and has always aspired to become a famous author. It’s a dream which seems inaccessible because, despite all his efforts, he has never managed to be published. Meanwhile, he earns his living by working for a moving company. His destiny takes a new turn the day he stumbles across the manuscript of elderly and solitary man who has recently died. At first Mathieu hesitates, then finally decides to steal the text and pretend he wrote it. He becomes the bright new star of French literature. Everyone is now eagerly anticipating his second novel, and as each day passes and pressure mounts, Mathieu plunges ever deeper into a criminal spiral of lies in order to keep his dark secret hidden.

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Femmes deboutFemmes deboutMonday, March 14 / at 6pm at the Visual Arts Centre of Alberta

Synopsis: 3 francophone women from Senegal, Mexico and Belgium talk about their immigration experience in Vancouver where they raise their kids alone. With strength and resilience, these women have a project: rebuild their life and try to offer “another possible” to their child, while making their best to include themselves within the Canadian society.

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Tête de turcTurk’s head – Friday, March 18 / at 6pm at University of Alberta, Central Academic Building (CAB) Room 235

Synopsis: A 14 year old boy, an ER doctor, a cop looking for revenge, a mother fighting for her children and a man distraught by the death of his wife see their destinies come together. As the doctor spends several days in a coma, events keep on happening and all will be swept by the shock wave.

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Le petit princeLe Petit Prince – Sunday, March 20 / at 3:30 at the Alliance française of Edmonton

Synopsis: This is a story of a story. A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to make sure she’s prepared for it. Her neighbor, the aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince.

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Les chansons d'amourLes chansons d’amour – Tuesday, March 22 / at 6pm at the Alliance française of Edmonton

Synopsis:  To help solve their relationship troubles and rekind their love, Julie and Ismaël decide to start a relationship with Alice. But, one day, after a concert, Julie dies from a heart attack. Ismaël tries to go on with his life but Julie’s family continues to include him in their mourning. By this series of events, Ismaël meets Erwann, a young homosexual man who falls madly in love with…

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Locations:

AFE : Alliance Française of Edmonton – 10424, 123 Street

CAVA : Centre d’Arts Visuels de l’Alberta – 9103 – 95 Avenue

CSJ : Campus Saint-Jean – 8406 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury

UofA : North Campus – Room CAB 235

At the occasion of the International Francophone Day, several events and meetings are held, well known as being  « Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie » . Within this frame the Alliance Française of Edmonton offers you a Francophone film festival organized in collaboration with Campus Saint Jean, Centre des Arts Visuels de l’Alberta and Cinécopains .

Pourquoi ce festival - par Todd Babiak, président de l'Alliance française d'Edmonton

Cinema is said to be the 7th Art. And it is, beyond a doubt, a big part of our culture, our identity. You learn so much about other cultures by watching their movies: social interactions, values, attitudes, habits, behaviours and even cultural elements, history! French cinema has its own style and personality: comedy or drama or thriller, the French do it in a very different way. Once in a while, a French movie gets some attention on the new continent. We get a chance, here in Edmonton, to watch a blockbuster from the francophone world. Are they really the best? We won’t judge. But as a French cultural centre, we thought we would expand the palette — let you see French cinema in all its variety.