Young French Cinema

“Sensuality & intellectual engagement”, “thrilling vibrancy” of “a booming new generation”, “emotional & carefree story-telling” distilling “a blend of style & intensity”... Contemporary French directors have consistently been singled out for praise by the international press in the last few years.

The YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA program is one of the most convenient entry points to their works. For the third year in a row, it offers a selection of today’s best films and filmmakers. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in 2015/2016 in top international festivals. The program mainly focuses on rising talents, from high-profile independent works to quirky comedies, powerful documentaries on the world we live in today, and exciting shorts.

This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Woods Dreams Are Made Of, The (2015)

documentary, world | NR | 2hr 24min

Veteran director Claire Simon reaches a career high with this engaging, constantly surprising documentary on people in ...

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  • May 24th
  • May 27th
Struggle For Life (2016)

comedy, world | NR | 1hr 59min

When thirtysomething deadbeat Marc Châtaigne (played by the irresistible Vincent Macaigne) snags an internship with a ...

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  • May 31st
  • June 3rd
Young French Cinema Shorts Program

animation, comedy, drama, world | 1hr 41min

ALICE (2016), 15 min, drama. – A woman gives birth painfully and pushes the baby out with extreme violence. We ...

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  • June 7th
Spartacus and Cassandra (2014)

documentary, world | 1hr 20min

Spartacus, 13, and his sister Cassandra, 11, are the children of Romani beggars in Paris. When the film begins, they ...

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  • June 14th
  • June 17th