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The Institut Français and its partners – Alliance Française and The Projector – are screening French Films for the Voilah! Festival.


Speak Up (À Voix Haute, 2016)
by Ladj Ly & Stéphane de Freitas.
Duration : 99’

The documentary follows a group of students with mixed heritage, who are taking part in the Eloquentia competition for the first time. This competition is every year at the University of Saint Denis to determine  “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate, and over the weeks, they learn the delicate exercise of public speaking and the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric. In the process, they reveal themselves to others, and above all, to themselves.
Alliance Française: April 3 – 08:00PM

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Molière (2007)
by Laurent Tinard
Duration: 120’

In 1657, playwright/actor Molière returns to Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his theatrical troupe, having been given a theater in the capital by the King. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother… The film goes back thirteen years earlier, when Molière was running a troupe, albeit unsuccessfully. Fortunately, his debt was paid off by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who asks Molière to help him rehearse a one-act play he had written, intended for seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimèn
Alliance Française: April 10 – 08:00PM


The Triplets of Belleville
(Les Triplettes de Belleville, 2004)
by Sylvain Chomet.
Duration: 80’

“The Triplets of Belleville sees a distressed mother enlisting the help of three vaudevillian grannies in a raucously trippy trip to track down the mafia who kidnapped her son”.

The Projector:
April 14 – 5:30PM
April 22 – 4:30PM

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Fantastic Planet
(La Planète Fantastique, 1973)
by René Laloux.
Duration : 72’

Grand Prix Winner at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival

«On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders».

The Projector:
April 15 – 5:30PM
April 29 – 5:30PM


A Cat in Paris
(Une Vie de Chat, 2010)
by Alain Gagnol et Jean-Louis Felicioli.
Duration: 65’

«A cat’s double life get compromised when his owner – young Zoe – decides to tail him during his nocturnal adventures”

The Projector:
April 21 – 2:00PM

Persepolis (2007)
by Marjane Satrapi et Vincent Paronnaud.
Duration: 96’

«Persepolis tells the story of the coming-of-age journey of a young girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution”

The Projector:
April 21 – 5:00PM


Games of Love and Chance
(L’Esquive, 2003)
by Abdellatif Kechiche.
Duration: 117’

In the slums of Paris, a group of North African and Southeast Asian students are staging a class production of French playwright Marivaux’s “Le Jeu de l’Amour et du Hasard” (The Game of Love and Chance), exploring the theme of class distinctions. Lead actress Lydia takes to the material and encourages the other students to take the production seriously. Meanwhile, her friend Krimo, who harbours real affections for her, plays her love interest on stage.

Alliance Française:
April 24 – 8:00 PM


The Wind in the Reeds
(Le Vent dans les Roseaux, 2017)
by Arnaud Demuynck et Nicolas Liguori.
Duration: 60’

Eliette, aged 8, lives in a country where music has been banned by the King. A wandering minstrel from the East has his instruments confiscated. He is not the sort of person to like being told what to do. He makes friend with Eliette, who has made a flute from a wild reed in secret. Together, they will lead the people in a rebellion against the King’s tyranny.

Alliance Française:
April 29 – 16:00