As cinema theatres remain closed, together with Institut Français in Paris, we are pleased to bring to you “IF CINEMA A LA CARTE”, a selection of French titles, which can be viewed online, free of charge! They will be available from 12 June to 13 July 2020 on the IF Cinema platform, with no prior registration required. Come and witness the diversity of French cinema – from short animation movies, to fiction, drama, romance and documentaries; everyone can now enjoy them from the comforts of their home!

Here are our top recommendations:

The White Knights (“Les chevaliers blancs”) 2014

By Joachim Lafosse, with Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Reda Kateb

PG 13 – Some coarse language

Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation : he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.

The Together Project / L’effet Aquatique  (2014)

By Solveig Anspach, with Florence Loiret-Caille, Didda Jonsdottir, Samir Guesmi

M18 – Sexual Scenes and nudity

Samir, a lanky forty-year-old crane operator in Montreuil, on the outskirts of Paris, falls madly in love with Agathe. As she is a swimming coach at the local pool, he decides to take lessons with her, even though he is a perfect swimmer. His ploy to get closer to her only lasts three lessons – Agathe hates liars! Selected to represent the Seine-Saint-Denis region at the 10th International Congress of Swimming Coaches, Agathe flies off to Iceland. Smitten, Samir has no other choice than to follow her…

Swagger (2016)

by Olivier Babinet

PG13 – Brief Coarse language

Swagger takes us into the minds of eleven children and teenagers with astonishing personalities who are growing up in some of France’s most underprivileged housing projects. The film shows us the world through their singular and unexpected gaze, their funny and incisive thoughts.

The painting / “Le tableau”

By Jean-François Laguionie

NC16 – Some Nudity

A chateau, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete.


Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches.


Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the chateau, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him.


Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings?

Will they one day know the Painter’s secret?


Discover the full programme HERE