French Cinéma

Let's unwind our minds with a selection of French movies for the young & the older ones! Saturdays at 5 pm enjoy recent French films // Sundays at 7 pm (re)discover Classic French films // Thursdays at 2:30 pm come with your kid or teen for our Ciné Goûter!

Free for AF students with promo code COMP // AED 15 for AF members with promocode CINEM // AED 35 for non-members

Alliance Française Oud Metha

Saturday 28 November // 6 PM 

16 levers de soleil / 16 Sunrises by Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff

As part of the "Documentary Film Month"  ONLINE & FREE

Flying into space. This is the dream that Thomas Pesquet realised when he took off from the Baikonur base. 450 kilometres from Earth, during these six months when the world seems to be tilting into the unknown, a dialogue is woven between the astronaut and the visionary work of Saint-Exupéry that he took with him to the space station. 

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Saturday 28 November // 5 PM

La Religieuse / The Nun

by Guillaume Nicloux with Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin

18th century. Suzanne, 16, is forced by her family to enter a convent where she runs into Reverend Mothers who are in turn benevolent, cruel and loving. She enters soon the pursuit of a unique goal: regaining her freedom, by all means. An adaptation, both authentic and modern at the same time. 

Sunday 29 November // 7 PM

Léon Morin, prêtre / Léon Morin, Priest

by Jean-Pierre Melville with Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Paul Belmondo

A major figurehead of film noir and world cinema, French director Jean-Pierre Melville is an inspiration to many acclaimed contemporary directors. In this movie set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest. As part of "Tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo"

Saturday 5 December // 5 PM

Chambre 212 / Room 212

by Christophe Honoré with Chiara Mastroianni, Vincent Lacoste, Benjamin Biolay / As part of "Let the Music play"

Romantic comedies about love and fidelity are as iconic to French cinema. Maria (Chiara Mastroianni, Prize for Best Actress at Cannes) is a formidable university professor with a stale marriage. Article 212 of the French civil code states spouses “owe each other respect, fidelity, support and assistance”, so it’s no coincidence that the room she’s allocated bears this number.

Sunday 6 December // 7 PM

Les Yeux sans visage / Eyes Without a Face

by Georges Franju with Edith Scob, Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli

Georges Franju's chilling tale of fatherly love gone awry has become a benchmark for horror cinema worldwide, and the iconic mannequin-esque performance from the masked Edith Scob, will leave some truly indelible images in your brain. You'll never look at those herbal face masks the same way again... 

Thursday 10 December // 2:30 PM

Wallay

Ady is 13 years old and does not listen anymore to his father who raises him alone. The latter, exhausted, decides to send Ady to his uncle in Burkina Faso for a summer.However as the boy takes his trip for a vacation in France, he becomes steeped in his lifestyle there. Yet he will have to bow to local customs, and learn to become a man …

Friday 11 & Sunday 13 December // 9:30 AM

Chien Pourri, la vie à Paris ! / Stinky Dog

Stinky Dog and his friend Flatcat are a couple of misfits who live in a trash can. On the surface, Stinky dog’s adventures are crazy and touching, but deep down, like Diogenes, our hero is questioning society. He’s searching for an “honest man” (or at least a dog). During his wild and hairy pursuits, he sends hypocrites ying and knocks thieves for six… even if it’s usually only through clumsiness. From 3 to 5 years old.

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 December // 11 AM

L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona / Marona's Fantastic Tale 

After an accident, Marona, a small Labrador mix with a big heart, reflects on all the homes and humans that have welcomed her throughout her life. Brilliantly told through vibrant colors & dazzling animation, this charming tale follows her adventures as she meets fascinating characters, including a circus acrobat and a sweet young girl with an eye patch. The wisdom of an average dog with an extraordinary life. From 6 years old. 

Friday 11 December at 2:30 PM

& Sunday 13 December at 11 AM

Ma famille et le loup / My Family and the Wolf

Summer. Hugo, a 9 year old boy, is going to spend his holidays in the house where his dad grew up by the sea. Grandma Sara wanted to reunite the whole family there for her birthday. One night, she explains that the Wolf will come and get her on her 80’s birthday, as they both agreed many years ago. For the adults, this is an old legend invented by Grandma Sara, but the children are ready to begin a big and mysterious adventure… From 6 years old.  In French only. 

Saturday 12 December // 9:30 AM

Ernest et Célestine en hiver / Ernest & Celestine 

In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest, a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine, an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, thereby disrupting the established order. From 3 to 5 years old

Saturday 12 December at 2:30 PM

& Sunday 13 December at 2:30 PM

La fameuse invasion de la Sicile par les ours / The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily

Inspired by the 1945 classic Italian children’s book by Dino Buzzati, acclaimed Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti brings bold colors and a graphic eye to his first feature film, a tale about friendship, tolerance, and nature. The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily “is classic animation at its best, clear and pleasing, calculated to charm children and adults alike,” says Variety. From 8 years old

Friday 11 December at 5 PM

& Sunday 13 December at 5 PM

Bécassine

Naïve, funny, dreamy, optimistic, loving, Bécassine is also inventive, courageous and always ready to handle any situation in her own unique way, a superheroine like no other. César-winner Bruno Podalydès returns with a family movie adapted from the beloved French comic book Bécassine. From 7 years old

Sunday 13 December // 7 PM

Van Gogh

by Maurice Pialat with Gérard Sety, Alexandra London, Jacques Dutronc

Georges Franju's chilling tale of fatherly love gone awry has become a benchmark for horror cinema worldwide, and the iconic mannequin-esque performance from the masked Edith Scob, will leave some truly indelible images in your brain. You'll never look at those herbal face masks the same way again... 

Thursday 17 December at 2:30 PM

Theater in Cinema: Cyrano de Bergerac 

by La Comédie Française // from 10 years old 

Written by Edmond Rostand, directed by Denis Podalydès

Cyrano is cursed with a prominent nose but gifted with words. He uses this talent to help the handsome Christian win Roxane’s heart, whom he also loves. However, Cyrano may be too ugly to be loved. 

Duration: 3 hours with an intermission. 

Saturday 19 December // 5 PM

Eden / As part of "Let the Music play"

by Mia Hansen-Løve with Félix De Givry, Pauline Étienne, Hugo Conzelmann

Beginning at the bottom of a submarine in Paris in the 1990s, young bon vivant Paul Vallée finds heaven in the underground electronic music scene and makes a name for himself as a DJ in Paris & Manhattan. This nightlife drama celebrates the euphoria of dance music but doesn’t shy away from showing what happens when the party’s over.

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More films coming soon!

Kindly note that our centers will be closed on December 1, 2 and 3. Happy National Day!

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