French Film Festival 2021


18 November 2021

The French Film Festival is back at DCA for 2021, after its online-only festival last year. Génial! We've rounded up a selection of nine brilliant films, with something for every taste and no requirement that you understand French, as every screening will feature English subtitles. If you're lacking a little Gallic je ne sais quoi in your life, now's your chance – you can book any two titles in the season for £10!

Click here to see the full line-up and book tickets now!

“Tender and contemplative with strong but subtle performances”

Leading our French collection this year is a week-long run of Petite Maman, the latest from firm DCA favourite Céline Sciamma. A sensitive tale of childhood grief and wonder, executed with Sciamma's trademark observational insights, it's the tale of young Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) who encounters the eerily similar Marion (Gabrielle Sanz) as she explores the woods around her mother's childhood home, and their firm friendship forms a connection between the past and the present.

Tender and contemplative with strong but subtle performances from its young stars, Petite Maman celebrates the special joy of female relationships and it's one you won't want to miss. 

And that's not all! We've a fabulous assortment of one-off screenings lined up to tickle your French fancy, including The Big Hit (Un triomphe), an uplifting comedy inspired by a true story, in which a struggling actor directs an unlikely troupe of prisoners in a production of Waiting for Godot and takes the show on the road. For a classic slice of French cinema we have Summer Light (Lumière d'été) from 1942, a tragi-comic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle that was banned from cinemas during the Occupation for its portrayal of the ruling class. 

In Another World (Un autre monde), Stéphane Brizé turns his attention to the pressures of corporate work, with Vincent Lindon as Philippe, an executive pushed to the brink by the demands of his job, while in France, Bruno Dumont's eleventh feature, we see the fall and rise of Léa Seydoux as a celebrity journalist who sees through the trappings of fame after a freak car accident.

The award-winning Josep is is an animated investigation of the life of Catalan republican cartoonist and exile Josep Bartolí, and for another factual hit there's Returning to Reims (Fragments), Jean-Gabriel Périot’s documentary, adapted from Didier Eribon’s 2009 memoir, which uses archive footage to tell a family history and show how working class life in France has changed over the past 70 years.

A Tale of Love and Desire (Une historie d'amour et de désir) is a langorous and subtly erotic coming-of-age film from Tunisian writer-director Leyla Bouzid, in which 18-year-old French-Algerian university student falls in love with Farah, a young Tunisian girl freshly arrived in Paris.

And rounding out this year's line-up is Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (Lingui, les liens sacres), a Chadian drama directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun focussing on a single mother and her pregnant teen daughter, trying to get an abortion in a country where it's technically legal but impossible to access.

To see the full line-up, visit our French Film Festival booking page to get all the details and book now. And if a couple of titles have caught your eye, you can book any two films in the season for £10; simply log in, book your seats and the discount will be applied at checkout. Incroyable!

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We hope you enjoy your visit!

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