Our film series features the latest French and francophone movies, often in advance screenings, and reflects the vitality of the cinema of France, regarded by most as the birthplace of the art. Every first Wednesday of the month, at 6:30pm in the Lycée Auditorium, films are subtitled in English. Screenings are free.
Classic night : Le Quai des Brumes
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6.30 pm.
On a foggy night, Jean (Jean Gabin), an army deserter, catches a ride to the port city of Le Havre. Hoping to start over, Jean finds himself in a lonely bar at the far edge of town. But, while getting a good meal and civilian clothes, Jean meets Nelly (Michèle Morgan), a 17-year-old who has run away from her godfather, Zabel, with whom she lives. Jean and Nelly spend time together over the following days, but they are often interrupted by Zabel, who is also in love with her, and by Lucien, a gangster who is looking for Nelly’s ex-boyfriend, Maurice, who has recently gone missing.
The pursuit of Endurance by Luc Hardy, followed by a Q&A with the director and Pierre Dutrieux, oceanographer and research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:30pm
In the heart of the Antarctic, nine adventurers are about to live an extraordinary story. They come from very different backgrounds, but one thing brings them together – a passion for adventure and testing their limits.
Their goal: to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest legends of the golden age of polar exploration: Ernest Shackleton.
In 1914, after the sinking of his ship The Endurance, this hero saved his entire crew from a certain death. 100 years later our expedition sets out to explore the sub-Antarctic islands of Elephant, South Georgia and the South Sandwich by boat, ski and pulka.
On board the Australis: an expedition leader, a veteran explorer, a former officer, a skipper, a polar guide, a scientist, two young soldiers and an athlete snowboarder. An expedition to remind us of the fragility of this highly endangered ecosystem, and to improve our understanding of these remote expanses.
With them, you will relive the best but also the most challenging moments of this great adventure.
Watch the trailer here
Blind by Michael Mailer (2017), NYC premiere with Director Michael Mailer
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
best-selling novelist, Bill Oakland (Alec Baldwin), loses his wife and his sight in a vicious car crash. Devastated, lonely and bitter, the accomplished writer and professor spends his days trying to cope with his condition. When socialite Suzanne Dutchman (Demi Moore) is forced into community service as a plea bargain for being associated with her husband’s insider trading, their lives intersect. Reading to him weekly in his room at the rehab center, Suzanne concedes the brilliance behind Bill’s angry facade, while in this intimate setting, he must engage with this strong, fiery woman, who is clearly his match. A passionate affair ensues, forcing each to question whether it’s ever too late to find true love. When Suzanne’s husband is released on a technicality, she must chose between the man she now loves and the one she has built a whole life with. The beauty of Eze (France) and New York and the intensity and authenticity of acting makes of Blind a story that has the ability to connect and move us deeper than we may first expect.
Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven(2015)
Wednesday, November, 2 2016 at 6:30pm
From Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven comes the amazing story of five orphaned sisters growing up as women in a conservative society. Ergüven tells this story with the insights of her own memories, which brings authenticity and truth to this debut film. Mustang was shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as winning the César Award for Best Foreign Film. It was presented in Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.
The New Kid
Wednesday, October, 5 2016 at 6:30pm
Running time: 81 minutes
Benoit, the new kid at school, is bullied by a gang of arrogant boys. Determined not to be pushed around, Benoit organizes a big party, but only three students turn up. What if this bunch of “losers” were to be the best gang ever?
A Special Day
Wednesday, March, 2, 2016 at 6:30pm
Running time: 106 minutes
Left alone in her home when her fascist husband runs off to attend Hitler’s visit in Rome, Antonietta strikes up a friendship with her neighbor Gabriele, a persecuted journalist. As the day segues into night, they develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life. A 1977 movie by Ettore Scola with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It won a César as Best Foreign Film in 1978.
Vincent n’a pas d’écailles
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
Running time: 78 minutes
Vincent has a superhuman power: his strength is tenfold when he touches the water. To keep it hidden, he stays in a quiet region with lakes and mountains. But he falls in love with a woman to who he tells his secret. A 2014 film by Thomas Salvador with Thomas Salvador, Vimala Pons and Youssef Hajdi.
Day for Night
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:30pm
Running time: 1hr 55min
Begin the New Year with this French classic by François Truffaut, which tells the story of a film director struggling to complete his movie while dealing with myriad crises among the cast and crew. A 1973 film with Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud and François Truffaut.
Anton Chekhov 1890 - New York Premiere followed by Q&A with Laura Strausfeld
Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 6:30pm
Running time: 96 minutes
Recommended for sixth graders and older
To get some money and feed his family, Anton Chekhov, modest doctor wrote short stories for newspapers under the pen name of Antosha Tchékhonté. An important writer and an editor make him aware of his talent. His situation improves and Anton Chekhov gets the Pushkin Award and receive the admiration of Tolstoy. But when one of his brothers died of tuberculosis, Anton saw it as a personal failure and decided to escape his notoriety and his love relationship. He decides to honor his promise to his brother and go on Sakhalin Island where reside the convicts. A 2015 film directed by René Féret film with Nicolas Giraud, Lolita Chammah, Robinson Stévenin.
Followed by Q&A with Laura Strausfeld, Visiting Chekhov Scholar, Harriman Institute. Laura Strausfeld is a writer and director of theater and film and has adapted many of Anton Chekhov’s stories and plays for stage and screen. Currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, she is engaged in a project to recover the hundreds of letters written to Chekhov by his publisher and closest friend Alexei Suvorin.
Once In a Lifetime, Followed by Q and A with former Léon Blum teacher Anne Harreau
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:30pm
Based on true events, this film tells the story of a professor from a French high school, Lycée Léon Blum in Creteil, who decides to enter her poorly performing tenth graders in a national history contest on the theme of the Resistance and Deportation. The experience transforms them.
Anne Harreau, former Léon Blum teacher, will participate to a Q and A with the audience after the screening.
The Big Blue, followed by Q&A with Jean Reno
Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 6:30pm
The Big Blue is a 1988 film, made by French director Luc Besson. The film is a heavily fictionalized and dramatized story of the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free divers in the 20th century: Jacques Mayol (played by Jean-Marc Barr) and Enzo Maiorca (renamed to “Enzo Molinari” and played by Jean Reno), and Mayol’s fictionalized relationship with his girlfriend Johana Baker (played by Rosanna Arquette). Both set no-limits category deep diving records below 100 metres. (137”)
Followed by Q and A with actor Jean Reno, who achieved international fame with this movie. He played in many films by Besson including Nikita and Léon among others. He made other movies in France including Les Visiteurs. He is one of the rare French actors with a US career with such films as Mission impossible with Tom Cruise, La Panthère rose with Steve Martin, Da Vinci Code with Tom Hanks or Couples Retreat with Vince Vaughn. Jean Reno was born in Casablanca from Spanish parents who flew the regime of Franco and moved to France in the 70’s.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7pm
Electro dance is all what these high school students are really into. Every period, whether class, meals, recess, exams, workshop or sports, any activity they find at school leads them into wild choreography. Derived from the ElektroKif stage show choreographed by Blanca Li, which has extensively toured around the world, Elektro Mathematrix is an urban musical about dance and love for dance unlike any you have ever seen. Full of humor, sensibility and without any dialogues, it is a statement about what it is to be at school today, and about living as an electro dancer. Electro Dance, born a few years ago in France, is one of the most original urban dance styles, getting hot among high school students from around the world. Blanca Li was born in Granada, Spain. She has been a member of the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Spain and learned to dance at the Martha Graham School in New York. She is producing and directing Blanca Li Dance company which has become one of the most successful independent companies in France and has been touring for more than 20 years across the world with more than a thousand performances. She will be showing her famous ballet Robots at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) starting on June 9. She is parent at the Lycee.
Age 8 and up
Followed by Q&A with Director Blanca Li.
Le Père Noël (2014)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7pm
For our next movie night, we will show in US Premiere, a French comedy recommended for all the family Le Père Noël a film of Alexander Coffe (Eyjafjallajökul,Borderline) with Tahar Rahim (The Prophet).
On this Christmas night, Anthony, six, has one thing in mind: to meet Santa and make a sleigh ride with him in the stars ...So when it falls magically on his balcony, Antoine is too amazed to see in this Santa Claus a disguise burglar who steals the jewels in the apartment uptown.And despite all of Santa’s efforts to get rid of a certain Antoine, they will then form an unlikely duo, browsing Paris from roof to roof, each in search of his dream ...
In French with English subtitles
How I Came to Hate Maths
Math have always been boring, you always thought that being a failure in math was inevitable, in short you have always hated it! One would simply laugh if maths had not taken such a place in our society: Apple, Google, Goldman Sachs are only about algorithms and mathematical formulas. How can maths suffer such a disaffection when they are running the world?
Through a trip around the world with the greatest mathematicians including Cédric Villani (Fields Medal 2010), How I hated math tells us how mathematics have changed our world for the better ... and sometimes for worse.
Documentary by Olivier Peyon (2014) 103” Age 12 and up
One of a Kind
After his multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces Monsieur Ibrahim (Cesar for Best Actor, Omar Sharif) and The Officer’s Ward (9 Cesar nominations), François Dupeyron finally returns with One of a Kind, starring two of France’s best young actors, Grégory Gadebois (Cesar for Most Promising Actor 2012) and Céline Sallette (winner of the prestigious Romy Schneider Prize in 2013). Immerse yourself in the powerful story of Fredi who, just after losing his mother, discovers that she has passed on to him her special talent: healing through the laying on of hands. At first, Frédi wants nothing to do with it, but soon he will have no choice. He must use those powers to make good his own mistakes…
A film by Francois Dupeyron starring Grégory Gadebois, Céline Sallette, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marie Payen, Philippe Rebbot . 123”
Les Gens du Monde
While newspapers have to face the important challenges caused by the raise of blogs, tweets and other Internet revolutions, this film offers an insider look at the work of the journalists from the political department of the French newspaper “The World” during the French presidential campaign of 2012. Following the journalists within their offices or on the field, the film allows us to witness the great debates happening behind the walls of this famous daily, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary.
As privileged spectators of the oppositions and tensions within the editorial team, we share the enthusiasm and laughs of the journalists, their tiredness and doubts, and all the daily life of a daily newspaper. Les gens du Monde (2014).directed by Yves Jeuland with Didier Pourquery, Abel Mestre, Thomas Wieder Film Documentary 81”
Followed by a Q& A with Le Monde correspondent in New York, Stephane Lauer
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!
It is a 2012 French-German film directed by Alain Resnais, and loosely based on two plays by Jean Anouilh. The film was shown in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (110’‘)
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Caroline Silhol actress in Alain Resnais last movie, script writer and producer. (20’‘)
Under the Rainbow
Laura (Agathe Bonitzer) has always dreamed of the perfect fairy tale romance. When she meets an aspiring composer, Sandro (Arthur Dupont), she knows straight away that he is her prince charming. But what happens in the fairy tale when prince number two appears? Music impresario, Maxime (Benjamin Biolay) is even more charming than Sandro, and suddenly Laura’s happily-ever-after becomes very complicated.
Directed by Agnes Jaoui (2013) with Agnes Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Arthur Dupont, Agathe Bonitzer, Valerie Crouzet, Benjamin Biolay.
is a 2013 French-Chadian drama film directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun.
Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, 25, dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers.
The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013 and won the Vulcain Prize. It was also selected as input for the Chadian best foreign language film Oscar 86th.
D-Day’s Sunken Secrets
On June 6, 2014, the world will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy (Le Débarquement de Normandie). In honor and memory of all veterans of war, the LFNY Cultural Center is pleased to present a special screening of the upcoming PBS documentary, D-Day’s Sunken Secrets, on Monday, May 19 at 6:30pm at the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY). Co-produced by LFNY alumnus and historian Sylvain Pascaud, the film documents recent expeditions to view the wreckage from D-Day on the ocean floor off the coast of France.
Peter Brook: The Tightrope
Documentary For the very first time in 40 years, Peter Brook, one of the major directors of contemporary theatre, has agreed to raise the curtain and allow his son Simon Brook to film behind the scenes and to reveal the secrets of his approach. This unique and personal film takes us beyond the intimacy of a workshop, into a philosophical experience, on a tightrope… The film will be followed by a Q &A with film director Simon Brook. Compulsory for Y12 students (Theater elective).
This film is freely based on The March for equality and against racism held in 1983 in France. It follows the story of the founders of this movement and permanent walkers. In 1983, in France plagued by intolerance and acts of racial violence, three young teenagers and the priest of the Minguettes launch a largely peaceful march for equality and against racism, more than 1000 km between Paris and Marseille . Despite the difficulties and the resistance encountered, their movement will give rise to a real surge of hope in the manner of Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
They unite their arrival over 100,000 people from all backgrounds, and give France its new face. Directed by Nabil Ben Yadir Olivier Gourmet, Charlotte Le Bon. (2013)
On the Way To School
They live in all four corners of the planet and share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively they know that their wellbeing, indeed their survival, depend on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaux of Patagonia, these children are all united by the same quest, the same dream. Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of “On the Way to School”, a film that interweaves the four pupils forced to confront and overcome countless, often dangerous obstacles – enormous distances over treacherous territory, snakes, elephants, even bandits – on their journey to the classroom. By setting foot on their extraordinary path, by embarking on this adventure littered with traps and challenges, they will begin to leave their childhoods behind. Pascal Plisson’s film recounts the journey of initiation that will change their lives forever.
With the help of scientists and thanks to its astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet. 90 minute film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot.
Les Petits Princes
JB a 16 year old prodigy, is the latest to join the training center where future soccer champions evolve. Between friendship, competition, rivalry and his attraction to Lila, a girl who has a passion for street art, JB will have to fight despite the dark secret that could prevent him from achieving his dream.
Directed by Vianney Lebasque (2013) with Paul Bartel, Reda Kateb, Eddy Mitchell.
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