Designed to expand access to French cinema and support film programming at American colleges and universities, Albertine Cinémathèque’s annual film selection engages with the greatest issues of our time, while nurturing an enduring love for this diverse and evolving art form.
Albertine Cinémathèque provides extensive resources to its members including a list of films handpicked by its committee for on campus events, semi-annual virtual film series for in class discussions and many opportunities to bring filmmakers into the conversation with students.
Albertine Cinematheque continues to support French film festivals on campus with its annual Festival Grant. Grantees will be selected by a committee of university faculty and will receive a grant of $2,200.
US universities and colleges faculty can become a member of Albertine Cinémathèque for free!
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Film Selection 2023/2024
Albertine Cinematheque is excited to announce its Film Selection for 2023/2024 showcasing the best of French Cinema in the US! This year’s selection includes two films by Villa Albertine residents, Saint Omer by Alice Diop and Rewind & Play by Alain Gomis, The Super 8 Yearsby Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux, as well as The Gravity by emerging filmmaker Cédric Edo. It highlights the dynamism, diversity and high quality of French films and productions, while celebrating at its forefront a young generation of extremely talented filmmakers who masters the art of storytelling whilst confronting the audience with the most pressing issues of our time. Our members, higher education faculty, will be able to book those films for their events on campus and apply to the Festival Grant which will open in early April.
Spring Film Series: Women’s Voices in French and Francophone Cinema
Albertine Cinémathèque’s second edition of the virtual Film Series will explore the works of women filmmakers in French and francophone cinema who capture issues related to feminism, racial discrimination, identity and climate change in all their social and human complexity.
Read more and register on the Film Club Agenda page.
Above Water – A good pick for Middle and High School as well as College students!
by Aïssa Maïga
by Bahia Bencheikh El Fegoun
Les Sénégalaises et la Sénégauloise
by Alice Diop
She had a dream
by Raja Amari
DOUVAN JOU KA LEVE (The Sun Will Rise)
by Gessica Généus
Fall Film Series
Solidarity and Resilience: the representation of the French urban peripheries in French Cinema
This Film Series explores the work of a younger generation of filmmakers such as Alice Diop and Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, whose films follow the inhabitants of French urban peripheries and the unique ways that they draw strength and resilience through solidarity.
The Film Series will echo and highlight the original idea by acclaimed filmmaker Alice Diop (We, Saint Omer – winner of the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and Best Debut Feature at the 2022 Venice Film Festival as well as France’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars 2023), with the ambition of creating an ideal film library of the world’s urban peripheries, developed by the Ateliers Médicis and the Centre Pompidou (learn more about their monthly program). This project will seek to interrogate and to amplify the voices of a constellation of works who share the same highly political lineage.
In order to encourage a conversation of these themes on this side of the Atlantic, Albertine Cinémathèque has invited Alice Diop to choose 2 films from her ‘Cinémathèque idéale des Banlieues du Monde’ to go along with her film On Call, for this first Film Series.
We are delighted to announce our Grantees who will be organizing a French film festival on their campus in 2022-2023 as part of Albertine Cinémathèque. We received many wonderful applications for festivals on campuses and it was again hard to choose between all those very interesting projects.
Our Selection Committee has chosen to reward 50 French Film Festivals for their excellent program of events and the large support they will receive across many departments within the organizing university or college.
Albertine Cinematheque Grantees will be screening at least 6 films from our 2022-2023 Film Selection which includes We by Alice Diop, Gagarine by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh and Happening by Audrey Diwan, as well as classic films including The Antoine Doinel films series by François Truffautand Mr Klein by Joseph Losey.
Congratulations to our Grantees and thank you to everyone who participated!
Our next call for application for Festivals in the academic year 2023-2024, will open on May 2023 with a new Film Selection which will be announced in early Spring. We would like to encourage all our Members to (re)apply and look forward to reading about your festival projects!
Committee Picks 2022/2023
Contemporary and classic films are available for on-campus film festivals or events, highlight the multiplicity of vision and style that characterizes French cinema today.
Members can book those films with the distributors for on campus events or festivals. More information about each film here. Please note that the films from the 21/22 Film Selection will still be available for 2022/2023 bookings.
CONTEMPORARY FILMS released in the US in 2021/2022:
Ahed’s knee (Le genou d’Ahed)
by Nadav Lapid (Kino Lorber)
by Valérie Lemercier (Roadside Attractions)
by Paul Verhoeven (IFC Films)
by Mia Hansen-Løve (IFC Films)
by Bruno Dumont (Kino Lorber)
by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh (Cohen Media Group)
Gallantes Indies (Les Indes Gallantes)
by Philippe Béziat (Distrib Films US)
by Audrey Diwan (IFC Films)
by Aurel (Distrib Films US)
Lingui, the Sacred Bonds (Lingui, Les liens sacrés)
by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (MUBI)
Lost Illusions (Les Illusions Perdues)
by Xavier Giannoli (Music Box Films)
The Monopoly of Violence (Un pays qui se tient sage)
by David Dufresne (Big World Pictures)
A Night of knowing nothing (Toute une nuit sans savoir)
by Payal Kapadia (The Cinema Guild)
A Tale of Love and Desire (Une histoire d’amour et de désir)
by Leyla Bouzid (Distrib Films US)
The Velvet queen (La Panthère des neiges)
by Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier (Oscilloscope Films)
by Alice Diop (MUBI)
Last year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) (1961)
by Alain Resnais (Rialto Pictures)
Mr Klein (Monsieur Klein) (1976)
by Joseph Losey (Rialto Pictures)
The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge) (1970)
by Jean-Pierre Melville (Rialto Pictures)
The Antoine Doinel films by François Truffaut (4 feature films + 1 short) (Janus Films):
400 Blows (Les 400 coups) (1959)
Stolen Kisses (Baisers Volés) (1968)
Bed and Board (Domicile Conjugal) (1970)
Love on the Run (L’Amour en fuite) (1979)
Antoine and Colette (From the short film collection: L’amour à 20 ans) (1962)
Film Series 2022/2023
The Film Series presents films exploring a different theme each semester, allowing members to build into their curricula and encouraging students to dive deeper into key issues, using films as an inspiring educational tool. Through Albertine Cinémathèque, students also have the opportunity to reflect and exchange with various filmmakers virtually or in-person.
All films will be made available to members and their students on FestivalScope. Full lineup will be announced soon.
Fall Film Series: Solidarity and Resilience in French Cinema
This Film Series explores the works of a younger generation of filmmakers such as Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh, and Alice Diop, whose work follows the inhabitants of French urban peripheries, and the ways that they draw strength and resilience through solidarity.
Spring Film Series: Women’s Voices in Francophone Cinema
This Film Series explores the work of women filmmakers including Leyla Bouzid and Aïssa Maïga, and considers their rising role in spotlighting issues of race, gender, climate and more.
A huge THANK YOU! you to our sponsors:
Fonds Culturel Franco-Americain
And to our Committee members.
Film Selection Committee:
Florence Almozini, Nicholas Elliott, Harris Dew, Delphine Selles-Alvarez
Festival Grant Selection Committee:
Anne Kern, Jamie Berthe, Sam Di lorio
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