French Films Festival

March 18th to 20th, 2015

 WFG's Cinematheque | 100 Arthur Street

in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group

With the support of Cinémental and Institut Français

Dreams, Escapes and Survival is a French Film Festival organized by Alliance Française du Manitoba and Cinematheque to mark the 20th edition of the French Languageand Francophony week.

It is an invitation to discover films from different times and experience some sophisticated, vibrant and daring films from France. With the support of Institut Français this is the 2nd edition of the festival (in 2015, its title was Secrets, Lies and Betrayal).

This year the festival was curated by guest programmer Damien Ferland who was born in Saint-Boniface and graduated from the University of Winnipeg film program in 2005. Damien has directed and produced many short films and videos, which have screened internationally.

“Being able to curate classic and contemporary French cinema within a theme like Dreams, Escapes, and Survival was an exciting challenge due to the vastness and quality from what is produced in French speaking countries. I hope this festival opens the door wide open to more screenings of diverse gems that will provoke and inspire.”– Damien Ferland

All films with English subtitles.

Students and members of l'Alliance française enjoy the student discount ($8) by presenting their membership card at the CINEMATHEQUE box office. Click here to purchase advance tickets.

Screening Schedule


7PM  |   Mustang    Deniz Gamze Ergüven   2015

Mustang, a 2015 Oscar nominee, is the thirty-seventh Academy Award nomination (including nine wins) for France. Five orphaned teenage sisters enjoy the summer in their village in northern Turkey, but one day, their romping with male friends is misinterpreted and reported to their family as sexual licentiousness. Determined to keep the girls pure, the family effectively imprisons them, prompting the girls to become even more closely knit as they rebel against their arranged marriages.


9PM  |   Brooklyn  Pascal Tessaud 2014

Not to be confused with the Fox drama starring Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn” follows an aspiring young female rapper as she wades into the multiethnic hip-hop scene of the northern Paris district Seine-Saint-Denis aka 93. Brooklyn is a musical film, 100% Hip Hop, 100% independent. Playing the lead role is a talented 22-year-old rapper, KT GORIQUE, World Freestyle Champion at the End of the Weak contest in New York in 2012, and the only female recipient of this award to this day.


7PM  |   La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion)  Jean RENOIR  1937

One of the very first prison escape movies, Grand Illusion is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein


9PM  |   Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (YOUNG DEMOISELLES OF ROCHEFORT)  Jacques DEMY  1967

Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.


3PM  |   Zazie dans le Métro   Louis MALLE 1960

A brash and precocious ten-year-old (Catherine Demongeot) comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her rakish uncle (Philippe Noiret); he and the viewer get more than they bargained for, however, in this anarchic comedy from Louis Malle, which rides roughshod over the City of Light. Based on a popular novel by Raymond Queneau that had been considered unadaptable, Malle’s audacious Zazie dans le métro, made with flair on the cusp of the French New Wave, is a bit of stream-of-consciousness slapstick, wall-to-wall with visual gags, editing tricks, and effects.