FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts


Film Selection 2021-2022

All the films will be presented online on the French Embassy streaming platform, on the dates listed below for each film (please note that the online screenings take place on weekends and that the students have to watch the film individually at home on their tablet or computer). The link to the screening will be sent in advance to the teachers who have selected the film. Please note that there is only a limited number of free tickets per screening and registration is necessary.
Films will be shown in French (English subtitles will be available when possible).

Calamity,  a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary
Directed by Rémi Chayé, 2020, 1h22, France-Denmark

Recommended for 8+
Themes : American History, identity quest, gender equality, initiatory journey, injustice

1863, USA. In a convoy traveling west with the hope of a better life, Martha Jane’s father is injured. She is the one who has to drive the family cart and look after the horses. Accused of theft, Martha is forced to flee. Dressed as a boy, looking for evidence of her innocence, she discovers a world under construction where her unique personality will assert itself.

Saturday September 25, 2021

Terra Willy
Directed by Éric Tosti, 2019, 1h30, France

Recommended for 7+ (PG)
Themes : Friendship, adventure, space/planet, courage, protection of animals

When a young boy crash lands on an unexplored planet, he must rely on a survival robot and an alien creature to help him find his way home.

Organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of TAT Productions, producer of this film, and presented in partnership with Occitanie films.

Saturday October 16, 2021

Loups tendres et loufoques
Directed by Anaïs Sorrentino, Arnaud Demuynck, Pascale Hecquet, Rémi Durin, Hugo Frassetto, 2017-2019, 53 min, France-Belgium

Recommended for 4+
Themes : Figure of the wolf, traditional tales, environment, vanity/pride, short films

A seriously vain wolf, a wolf cub who wants to try hunting on his own, another little wolf who loves the company of others… In the Cinema Owl’s series Wonderful Wacky Wolves, we revisit the storybook image of wolves with humour and poetry, to return them to their rightful place in the natural world.

Presented in partnership with Wallonie-Bruxelles International aux Etats-Unis.

Saturday November 13, 2021

Snowtime (La Guerre des Tuques)
Directed by Jean-François Pouliot & François Brisson, 2015, 1h22, Canada

Recommended for 8+ (PG)
Themes : Friendship, rivalry, winter, nature, literary adaptation

During winter school break, kids decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict.  

Presented in partnership with le Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec.

Saturday December 11, 2021

Les chemins de l’école de Devi, Kritika et Olivier
Directed by Yann L’Hénoret & Emmanuel Guionet, 2015, 52 min, France

Recommended for 10+
Themes : girls’ education, access to school, cultural diversity, poverty, autonomy

Just like the feature-length “On the Way to School,” the series takes up the universal theme of the search for a better life through education. A goal that these schoolchildren can only attain after travelling the long road that separates their home from their school.

Presented in partnership with Winds and the non-profit organization Sur le Chemin de l’Ecole.

ONLINE SCREENING: January 22-23, 2022 (weekend)

Directed by Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie, 2012, 1h18, France-Belgium

Recommended for 8+
Themes : historical tale, travel, slavery, freedom, moral fable

The nomad Hassan takes the young boy Maki and Zarafa, a baby giraffe, to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France. So Maki, Zarafa and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris.

ONLINE SCREENING: February 12-13, 2022 (weekend)

The Prince’s Voyage
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie & Xavier Picard, 2019, 1h18, France-Canada-Luxembourg

Recommended for 9+
Themes : migration, city/nature, civilization/progress, discrimination, science/truth

When an old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore, he is found, injured and lost, by 12-year-old Tom. The Prince is taken in by Tom’s parents, a couple of scientists banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom’s help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct…

ONLINE SCREENING: March 12-13, 2022 (weekend)

Hello World! (Bonjour le monde !)
Directed by Anne-Lise Koehler & Éric Serre, 2019, 1h01, France

Recommended for 5+
Themes : animals, biodiversity, ecology, sciences, nature, stop-motion

10 species of animals among so many others are born, live, and become accustomed to each other along beside a river… The long-eared owl takes flight to be born a second time and to tame the night. The great-crested grebe moves back and forth in its fishing terriotry, becoming invisible and dancing with the seaweed. The European beaver, the builder of riverbanks which cannot resist the smell of trees…. They all shout: “Hello world!”

ONLINE SCREENING: April 9-10, 2022 (weekend)

En sortant de l’école
Based on the poems of Jacques Prévert, 2014, 42min, France

Recommended for 4+
Themes : poetry, school/education, freedom, responsibility, tolerance, short films

“En sortant de l’école” is a collection of animated short films which aims at matching poems with the talent and graphic creativity of young directors, just out of French animation schools. The diversity of techniques is the keystone of this project: stop motion, rostrum camera, cutout animation, digital 2D, 3D.

ONLINE SCREENING: May 14-15, 2022 (weekend)

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
Directed by Jacques Tati, 1951, 1h36, France

Recommended for 10+
Themes : comic cinema, seaside vacation, 50s, leisure society, black and white movie, silent film

Monsieur Hulot takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

ONLINE SCREENING: June 4-5, 2022 (weekend)

Celebrate EARTH DAY with documentary "Bernie Krause, A Life With the Great Animal Orchestra"  Directed by Vincent Tricon, 2021, 35 min., France

Recommended for 11+
Themes : animals, biodiversity, bioacoustics, climate change, environment, nature 
More information about the film.

Presented in partnership with the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

ONLINE SCREENING: April 21-27, 2022
To register for that special screening: https://forms.gle/5k8DdWpUTb56hRES7 


Nathalie Charles,
Program Officer, CinéSchool