French and Francophone Film Festival: Spring 2022

With the generous support of an Albertine Cinémathèque (formerly Tournées) grant, the Department of French, Francophone and Arabic Studies presents its annual French and Francophone Film Festival. The grant is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) and the French American Cultural Fund.

All films are screened with English subtitles in the Winter Center for the Visual Arts cinema on Sundays at 7 pm.

Please contact  Carrie Landfried with any questions.

  • slalom

February 20

Slalom, Charlène Favier, 2020, 92 min.

This  #MeToo drama follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape Fred’s exploitative grip? 

Introduced by Prof. Scott Lerner (FRN/ITA).

This film includes depictions of sexual abuse. If you are experiencing abuse, know that you are not alone. The following 24 hour resources are available for you to connect to help: 

Local: YWCA Lancaster 24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 717-392-7273

National: National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

  • bamako

February 27

Bamako, Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006, 117 min.

Outside the modest home that singer Melé and her husband Chaka share with other families stands a make-shift open-air courtroom. The accused: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the inequities of globalization perpetrated on all of Africa. One by one, witnesses take the stand in Sissako’s pointed, nuanced meta-drama.

Introduced by Prof. Doug Anthony (HIS/IST).


  • little girl

March 6

Petite Fille (Little Girl), Sébastien Lifshitz, 2020, 80 min.

The moving portrait of 7-year-old Sasha, who has always known that she is a girl. Sasha’s family has recently accepted her gender identity, embracing their daughter for who she truly is while working to confront outdated norms and find affirmation in a small community of rural France. Realized with delicacy and intimacy, this documentary poetically explores the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha’s life.

Introduced by Prof. Carrie Landfried (FRN/LIT).


  • night of the kings

March 27

La Nuit des Rois (Night of the Kings), Philippe Lacôte, 2020, 93 min. 

A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mysticallife of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

Introduced by Prof. Lisa Gasbarrone (FRN).


  • 35 shots of rum

April 3

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum), Claire Denis, 2009, 100 min.

Films about families and their complications all too often pierce eardrums with shrieks of dysfunction. Amid the din, 35 Shots of Rum stands out all the more for its soothing quiet, conveying the easy, frequently nonverbal intimacy between a widowed father, Lionel, and his university-student daughter, Joséphine. An homage to Yasujiro Ozu’s similarly themed Late Spring (1949), 35 Shots is Denis’s warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two’s extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation.

Introduced by Prof. Sonia Misra (FLM).


  • icarus--shorts

April 10

Alain Resnais early short films, 66 min.

Four recently restored shorts by acclaimed director Alain Resnais: All the World’s Memory (1956, 21 min.) about the French national library, and three films devoted to art and artists: Guernica (1949, 14 min.), Paul Gauguin (1949, 13 min.) and Van Gogh (1948 18 min).

Introduced by Prof. Sonia Misra (FLM).