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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
 
2 birds walking in the street (animated image)

To celebrate the holidays, IFcinéma à la carte is offering a selection of French short and feature films to watch for free from December 1 to 31! 

  • En sortant de l’école : Claude Roy – 6 shorts from the serie: Le bestiaire incertain, L'oiseau futé, Etourdis étourneauxL'enfant qui a la tête en l'airL'escargot Capitaine au long cours, and La clé des champs (recommended for ages 6+)
  • Good Luck Algeria by Farid Bentoumi (recommended for ages 14+)
  • Les Invisibles by Louis Julien Petit (recommended for ages 16+)

 

Animated cartoon / horse in a kitchen

A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log (Panique au village : La bûche de Noël)
By Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, 2013, 26 min., Belgium-France, recommended for ages 10+

The end-of-year celebrations are coming. Christmas: the tree, the dinner, the presents. Indian and Cowboy are expecting their presents eagerly. Overexcited by the organization of the celebration, they fight and destroy the Yule Log on which Horse was putting the last touch. Horse is livid and cancels the gifts from Santa Claus. How will they win back the favors of Horse and The Old Bearded Man? How will they retrieve their gifts ? For Indian and Cowboy, this is just the beginning of a long, very long Christmas Eve.

Available on Amazon Prime | Vudu | GooglePlay | Microsoft | YouTube | AppleTV

 

Santa Claus

Christmas & Co (Santa & Cie)
By Alain Chabat, 2017, 1h39, France-Belgium, PG, recommended for ages 12+

Santa's 92,000 elves all fall ill and collapse... simultaneously, on Christmas Eve! Who will make the toys for all the kids all around the world? He has no choice! Santa and his reindeer must go to Earth in search of a cure. But once he gets there, Mr. Claus will need some help to save the magic of Christmas...

Available on Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV

 

Christmas scene

Noël Noël
By Nicola Lemay, 2003, 22 min., Canada, recommended for ages 6+

Noel Noël, a misguided billionaire, is in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. But thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze, and a blue-eyed reindeer, his eyes are finally opened. Enlivened by a humorous and rhymed narration spoken by Leslie Nielsen, Noel Noël is an animated fantasy about Christmas reminding us that happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.

Available on ONF website (French version) | Amazon Video (English version)

 

Scene of the animated movie L'apprenti Père Noël

Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Père Noël)
By Luc Vinciguerra, 2010, 1h11, Australia-France-Ireland, PG, recommended for ages 6+

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan, and have a pure heart.

Available on KanopyAmazon PrimeYouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Vudu | Microsoft | Redbox

 

If you like this film, you should like also the sequel: The Magic Snowflake (L'Apprenti Père Noël et le flocon magique)
By Luc Vinciguerra, 2013, 1h25, France, recommended for ages 6+

Available on  Amazon Prime | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Redbox | Vudu | Microsoft

 

a kid on a bike

Santa Claus (Le Père Noël)
By Alexandre Coffre, 2014, 1h20, France-Belgium, recommended for ages 14+

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan, and have a pure heart.

Available on VuduAmazon PrimeYouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Microsoft 

 

Christmas in the farm

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes...)
By Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert, 2017, 1h19, France-Belgium, PG / Recommended for ages 5+

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Available on AppleTV | Microsoft | Vudu | GooglePlay | YouTube | Amazon Prime 

 

Ladybug with Eiffel Tower in the back

A Christmas Special - Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Pire Noël - Miraculous : Les aventures de Ladybug et de Chat Noir)
Animated TV Series, 2016, 21 min., recommended for ages 7+

Parisian teen Marinette transforms herself into superhero Ladybug to find her lonely secret crush Adrien when he runs away from home at Christmas.

Available on Netflix (#tip: be sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)

 

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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
 
Lilou © Rawan Rahim

Lilou
Directed by Rawan Rahim, 2015, 8 min., France-Lebanon, recommended for ages 8+ (no dialogue)

Lilou is sensitive and curious, but also paralyzed by unbearable shyness. She is given a gift that allows her to see the past of the people around her and this will suddenly bring her out of her introversion.

Available on Vimeo
You can read an interview of director Rawan Rahim on NYICFF's website.

 

Cartoon

Do, Re & Mi
Animated preschool series, recommended for ages 3+

Do, Re & Mi are three birdie best friends who live in Beebopsburgh, a town as musical as its inhabitants. From the piano keys sidewalk to the beat-notes bushes, music is its own character in this show and it’s everywhere!

Available on Prime Video (#tip: make sure to click on "Subtitles & Audio" and select audio in French!)

 

A monkey looking from a window (animated movie)

The Prince's Voyage (Le Voyage du Prince)
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie & Xavier Picard, 2019
1h18, France-Canada-Luxembourg, recommended for ages 9+

When an old monkey Prince named Laurent runs aground on an unknown shore, he is found, injured and lost, by 12-year-old Tom. Prince Laurent is then taken in by Tom’s parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilizations. With Tom’s help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct …

Available on The Roku Channel | Tubi | Vudu | Amazon Video | GooglePlay | YouTube | Microsoft | AppleTV | Freevee

 

Aya of Yop City (Gkids)

Aya of Yop City (Aya de Yopougon)
Directed by Marguerite Abouet et Clement Oubrerie, 2013
1h28, France-The Ivory Coast, recommended for ages 16+

Set against the colorful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya of Yop City is a vibrant, beautifully animated adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by co-director Marguerite Abouet.

Aya is 19, and she loves her neighborhood of Yop City in Abidjan, where everyone knows each other. It’s always lively, with open markets, colorful fabrics, funky cafés and music everywhere. Her mom Fanta is the neighborhood’s most trusted healer. Her dad is a sales rep for a brewery, and certainly gets his fill of the product. While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. How can he possibly tell his old man?

Available on Kanopy | AppleTV | Ovid | GooglePlay | Amazon Video | YouTube | Vudu | KinoNow

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec)
Directed by Luc Besson, 2010, 1h46, PG , recommended for ages 12+

The year is 1912. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg, housed in the Natural History Museum, has mysteriously hatched, unleashing a prehistoric monster onto the Parisian streets. But nothing fazes Adèle, when she finds a connection with the ancient bird and reveals many more extraordinary surprises.

Available on tubi | Vudu | Prime Video | YouTube | Google Play | Microsoft | AppleTV | Plex

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Cooking up a Melting Pot

Many parents and educators today ask: "How do I engage children in fun activities without screens? This is precisely the question author Adrienne Mei Irving asked herself about her daughter while living in the southern port city of Marseilles, France. Have a taste of Franglais Soup e, the mixture is wonderful.
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In her epic trilogy of strong women, wars and love, Professor Emerita of Italian and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Columbia and Barnard in New York City, Maristella Lorch stitches memory into history for a compelling reflection on the personal and the public in the 20th century. "Pleasure in writing, as in so many things in life, comes from the feeling of having succeeded in grasping that evanescent cloud; that image, that idea."
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Book-based discussions on bilingualism fill the role of a much-needed voice that can promote the inherent value of learning and teaching languages from birth, one that can influence policymakers, academics, and administrators and provide a space to discuss ideas and solutions to the challenges of educating bilingual children. In this follow-up to The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages, Dr. Fabrice Jaumont delves deeper into the topics of bilingualism, bilingual education, and cognitive development through a series of conversations with world-renown experts from the Americas, Europe, and Africa: Ana Ines Ansaldo, Ellen Bialystok, Mbacké Diagne, Ofelia García, François Grosjean, and Christine Hélot.

Conversations on Bilingualism expands on the work of the author to advance multilingualism, empower multilingual families and linguistic communities, and foster cross-cultural understanding. It also advocates for language as a critical life skill through the development and implementation of strong educational programs that promote diversity and equality—as well as those that battle inequality head-on. With this book, the bilingual revolution is far from over; the movement for multilingualism and multiculturalism has just begun to take hold. It is not just about the battle for quality education but is also about self-awareness and the deepening of our understanding of ourselves as human beings—both as bilingual individuals and as members of multilingual communities. In Conversations on Bilingualism, Dr. Jaumont takes an unprecedented look at bilingualism as an essential life skill. Linguistic diversity is an untapped resource that can be harnessed not only to promote global equality, but also to optimize cognitive development, drive cultural understanding, and foster cross-cultural collaboration.

Two important points cut across the key areas discussed in this book: first, bilingualism is beneficial both for schools and society as a whole; second, multilingualism must be understood and taught properly to ensure the balanced cognitive development of children. This book will serve as a valuable resource for helping children and adult bilinguals alike to understand and develop their language skills, combat social inequalities, foster linguistic diversity and cross-cultural awareness, and advance education initiatives in their respective fields.

We need to come together to protect and celebrate linguistic diversity. This is not about making the choice for or against bilingualism or multilingualism, but rather about empowering multilingual families, communities, and institutions so that they can diversify the way they educate their children. Bilingual education has a real impact on the lives of millions of children around the world. We must do much more and much better. It is important to teach our children the most useful thing that languages have taught us for thousands of years - how to listen, think, and articulate – by making bilingualism a priority. A multilingual society is a healthy one.

The bilingual revolution is here to stay for many reasons, the most important being that it works. It works for children, individuals, societies, and the global marketplace. Whether you see it or not, bilingualism is growing and changing, much like the populations it represents. The sooner we understand and embrace this phenomenon, the better everyone will be able to adapt to change. This book aims to shed light on many of the issues surrounding bilingualism and multilingualism as well as provide a path towards a more inclusive future by expanding language resources for all of us.

Whether you are a teacher and want to know more about bilingual techniques or a parent and want to understand why your child is speaking another language than you: this book is for you. It contains public talks by experts combined with the author's personal perspective on bilingualism. This presents readers with both the ideas thrust upon families and the teaching practices discussed in the contemporary educational spheres. If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend adding Conversations on Bilingualism to your reading list!

Caitlin Leib

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Come play soccer and support  le French Heritage Language Program!

Saturday June 25 from 1pm to 6pm 
at  Socceroof, Brooklyn.
Women are welcome.

Please join us with your team in representing your country or your organization supporting our fundraising efforts for the French Heritage Language Program.

The French Football Academy, the Permanent Representation of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie to the United Nations, and the FACE Foundation, cordially invite you to the second edition of the Francophone Cup Tournament.

The Francophone Cup is a co-ed adult soccer tournament gathering teams, including employees of the United Nations, diplomatic missions, international corporations and non- governmental organizations (NGOs) who will compete to become the winner of the Francophone Cup in support of the French Heritage Language Program, which works to help francophone immigrants and young Americans with Francophone background maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage!
 
 

CLIQUEZ ICI POUR VOUS INSCRIRE!

 Questions about the tournament?  Email betrand@fffacademy.com

 

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L’enseignement de l’oral préoccupe enseignants et apprenants. C’est une question complexe qui touche à la fois les problèmes de communication et d’acquisition, d’organisation et de mise en œuvre pédagogique mais aussi d’évaluation. Tentative de réponse avec Jing Guo, qui a codirigé L’enseignement de l’oral en classe de langue (Éditions des archives Contemporaines, 2020).

PROPOS RECUEILLIS PAR JACQUES PÉCHEUR

Quand on parle d’enseignement de l’oral en classe de langue, de quel oral parle-t-on ? C’est le point de départ de tous les problèmes qui apparaissent après ! Là il s’agit plutôt d’une question de registres ; entre registre familier, neutre, informel… quel registre enseigner ? Ici, tous les enseignants ne sont pas d’accord entre eux sur l’importance de montrer différentes variations de registres aux étudiants. En revanche, les étudiants trouvent qu’il est important, et ilssont demandeurs, de différencier les registres dès le début de l’apprentissage.

Mais cette demande de différenciation reste secondaire ; ils préfèrent quand même recevoir un enseignement dans un registre disons neutre. En même temps le CECR a tranché sur le sujet en n’in-troduisant les variétés langagières qu’à partir du niveau B2. Et c’est seulement à partir du C1 que l’on est censé commencer à ajuster les diffé-rents niveaux. Pourtant, d’un point de vue sociolinguistique, il serait préférable de prendre en compte ces différences de registres et d’y exposer plus tôt les étudiants. Cela étant, ce sont les objectifs d’appren-tissage qui vont orienter les choix en matière d’exposition ou non aux différents registres....

si vous voulez lire la suite...abonnez-vous à la revue Le français dans le monde...

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For Rose, “her family and society were everything for her.” DeCosse explains that even though Rose had a challenging time, to say the least, in East Hampton, she found people of different nationalities who were good to her, and this broadened her mind. A very kind teacher, who became a kind of mentor to her, encourages her to learn English for her societal survival in the U.S. This central message is what DeCosse wants us to take away from her latest book–this opening of the mind, this understanding of different cultural perspectives that Rose comes to achieve.
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LOST ILLUSIONS Opens June 10 in NY

Music Box Films is pleased to announce the US theatrical release of LOST ILLUSIONS, Xavier Giannoli’s sumptuous adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s seminal 19th century Paris-set epic novel of ambition, lust, betrayal, and the birth of modern media.  LOST ILLUSIONS will open on Friday, June 10 in New York (Film Forum and Film at Lincoln Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle's Royal, Pasadena’s Playhouse and Encino’s Town Center), followed by a national expansion.

Giannoli’s deft, au courant adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s sprawling novel of social-climbing and artistic compromise reminds us that the thorny entanglements of art, commerce, and media are centuries-old. This decadent, satirical romp that “plays with all the brio and jeopardy of a modern-day gangster movie” (Variety) is replete with both the opulence and grittiness of 19th-century Paris. Fake news and “pay for play” are familiarly pervasive, though sexier and funnier than today’s version -- and not a little soul-pricking, since the culprits are lefty journalists and a doe-eyed, underdog poet-protagonist (Benjamin Voisin). Our hero’s journey begins with a quest for love and pure art, then ascends steeply to heights of notoriety, fortune, and debauchery, and then… What goes up must come down.

Adapting Balzac’s novel for the screen had been a life-long passion project for writer-director Xavier Giannoli, whose seven other features, regularly selected for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, include César Award winners In the Beginning,The Singer, and Marguerite, his tragi-comedy about the socialite soprano modeled after Florence Foster Jenkins. 

"Refreshing…With its stellar performances, dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, LOST ILLUSIONS is a worthwhile, sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition.” - Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter

“Director Xavier Giannoli accomplishes one of French literature's trickier feats – adapting Balzac – finding uncanny resonances with our time.” - Peter Debruge, Variety 

"Period-drama perfection. Acted with such terrific panache that not enjoying it is impossible.”- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 

 

 

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Valerie Sun is a former dual immersion teacher and the founder of EmpowerED Consulting, a nonprofit educational consulting company. She recently published her handbook Navigating Dual Immersion: A Teacher's Companion for the School Year and Beyond through TBR Books. This is the first of the series, Navigating Dual Immersion, which will later see a guide for parents and one for administrators.
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Vickie Frémont's new work from TBR Books is part memoir, part instructional guide, taking the Native American legend of the hummingbird and creating a deeply personal learning tool that Frémont uses to touch the lives of all around her, and her own.
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2022 Films on the Green Festival

This year’s edition of Films on the Green, with the theme "From Page to Screen," spotlights 12 diverse and world-class literary adaptations, coming to 9 different parks across Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 3 to Sept. 9.
 
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FESTIVAL LINE-UP

Free and open to the public (no ticket needed). All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at sunset.
*In-person screenings will abide by all state and local regulations on large-scale outdoor events in regards to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

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Friday June 3 | Central Park

LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (The Things of Life) by Claude Sautet (Courtesy of Rialto Pictures)
With Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, Léa Massari 
Based on the acclaimed novel by Paul Guimard, Les Choses de la vie begins in the aftermath of a violent car crash along a rural motorway. As the man, Pierre, lies in a semi-conscious stupor, his life flashes before his eyes—specifically, his complex entanglement with two quite different women: his dutiful, long-suffering wife and his adoring, free-spirited lover. 

 

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 Friday June 10 | Washington Square Park

THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS (Le Sommet des dieux) by Patrick Imbert (Courtesy of Netflix) 
Were George Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest on June 8th, 1924? Only the little Kodak VPK camera they took with them might reveal the truth. In Kathmandu, 70 years later, a young Japanese reporter named Fukamachi recognizes the camera in the hands of the mysterious Habu Jôji, an outcast climber believed missing for years. Fukamachi enters a world of obsessive mountaineers hungry for impossible conquests on a journey that leads him, step by step, towards the summit of the gods. 

 

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Friday June 17 | Washington Square Park
BAND OF OUTSIDERS (Bande à part) by Jean-Luc Godard (Courtesy of Rialto Pictures)
With Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur
Franz and Arthur don’t have money, jobs, or prospects, but they do have a black convertible and a shared romantic interest in Odile. When Odile lets slip that a stash of cash is ineptly hidden in the isolated villa where she lives, the men hatch a plan to take it for themselves. 

 

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Friday June 24 | Transmitter Park, Brooklyn
LE CAPITAN (Captain Blood) by André Hunebelle
With Jean Marais, Bourvil, Elsa Martinelli 
France, 1616. King Louis XIII is 15 and his mother, Marie of Medicis, regent of the kingdom since the death of Henri IV, entrusts power to Concino Concini, a deceitful and ambitious man. After the assassination of his friend by Concini, noble swordsman Francois de Capestan, known as “Le Capitan,” goes to the young sovereign to warn him of the multiple betrayals that threaten the King’s Court.  

 

 

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Friday July 1 | Tompkins Square Park
TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI by Jacques Becker (Courtesy of Rialto Pictures)
With Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, Lino Ventura 
After pulling off their "retirement job," 50 million in gold bars, aging criminals Max and Henri think they can give up the game. But when Henri's girlfriend tells the drug dealer Angelo about the loot, violence erupts. Angelo kidnaps the old crook and asks Max for the “grisbi” as ransom... 

 

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Friday July 8 | Seward Park
BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS (Balzac et la petite tailleuse chinoise) by Dai Sijie
With Zhou Xun, Liu Ye, Chen Kun
In 1971 China, in the lingering grip of the cultural revolution, two university students are sent to a remote mountain village for re-education to purge them of their classical western-oriented education. Amid the backbreaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, the two boys find that music, and the local tailor’s seamstress granddaughter are the only pleasant things in their miserable life. After discovering a secret cache of forbidden books, they set about teaching her things she had never imagined. 

 

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Wednesday, July 13 | J. Hood Wright Park
FEVER MOUNTS AT EL PAO (La Fièvre monte à El Pao) by Luis Buñuel (Courtesy of Oscar Arce and the Luis Buñuel Film Institute)
With Maria Félix, Gérard Philippe, Jean Servais 
When the governor of a prison on the remote Caribbean Island Ojeda is assassinated, his secretary, Ramón Vasquez, assumes the role of acting governor until a replacement can be appointed. Vasquez, an idealist, exploits this opportunity to improve the lot of the prisoners, and to start an affair with the former governor’s widow... 

 

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Friday July 15 | Seward Park
THE CLASS (Entre les murs) by Laurent Cantet
With François Bégaudeau, Louise Grinberg, Esmeralda Ouertani, Boubacar Touré 
François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in Paris. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement and difficulties in the classroom stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Neither stuffy nor severe, François’ extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics and his resolve are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods... 

 

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Friday July 22 | Riverside Park, Pier I
MANDABI (The Money Order) by Ousmane Sembène
With Makhouredia Gueye, Isseu Niang, Ynousse N’Diaye 
After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans while he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head.

 

10466450886?profile=RESIZE_710xFriday July 29 | Riverside Park Pier I
DELICACY (La Délicatesse) by David and Stéphane Foenkinos 
With Audrey Tautou, François Damiens 
Nathalie is a beautiful, happy, and successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a three-year marriage to her soul mate. To cope with her loss, she buries herself and her emotions in her work to the dismay of her friends and family. One day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by a most unlikely source, her unexceptional, gauche, and average looking office subordinate, Markus.  

 

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THE VELVET QUEEN (La Panthère des neiges) by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey, the two men ponder humankind’s place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way. 

 

10466492294?profile=RESIZE_710xFriday September 9 | McGolrick Park, Brooklyn
ELEANOR’S SECRET (Kérity, la maison des contes) by Dominique Monféry (recommended for ages 4+)
Nat has fond memories of his eccentric Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her enormous collection of storybooks. But he is frustrated by his inability to read the books himself. He is less than thrilled when he learns that his aunt has left him the keys to her attic library as a gift. Yet, just as Nat’s parents are selling the collection to an antique dealer, he discovers that the library is magical, and all the famous characters come to life! 

 


 

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

FILMS ON THE GREEN is a free French film festival in New York City parks produced by the Villa Albertine, The French Embassy , NYC Parks and FACE Foundation.

OFFICIAL SPONSORS: BNP Paribas, JCDecaux and TV5 Monde

FESTIVAL FRIENDS: agnès b.Maman NYC, The Mexican Cultural Institute in New York, The Columbia Maison Francaise, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, The Washington Square Park Conservancy, Nora Coblence, and Frederic C. Weiss.

PARTNERS: Cinema Tropical, the African Film Festival, The Seward Park Conservancy, PS 110 The Monitor School, and Summer on the Hudson.

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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?

 

Image from short film Destino / Salvador Dali

Destino
Directed by Dominique Monféry, 2003, France-United States
6 min. / Rated PG

Over a half-century in the making, witness the stunning collaboration of two of the world's most renowned artists. Destino began in 1945 as a joint venture between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney, but production was halted when the studio ran into financial difficulties. Finally completed by Walt's nephew Roy in 2003, Destino features the tragic love story of Chronos, the personification of time, and a mortal woman as they seek each other out across the surreal landscapes so often used in the paintings of Salvador Dalí.

Available on Disney+.

 

My Life as a Zucchini (Gkids)

My Life as a Zucchini (Ma Vie de courgette)
Directed by Claude Barras, 2017, 1h06, France-Switzerland / PG-13, recommended for ages 12+

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first, he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. This accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (GirlhoodTomboy), has now been nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

Available on Vudu | RedBox | AmazonVideo | Microsoft | iTunes | GooglePlay

 

Zorro The Chronicles (Cyber Group Studios)

Zorro: The Chronicles (Les Chroniques de Zorro)
Animated TV Series, France-Canada-Italy / Recommended for ages 6+

Zorro: The Chronicles introduces a teenage Don Diego, who faces the greatest challenge of his life as he fights for justice against numerous unscrupulous–and well-armed–tyrants! It is the birth of the most famous masked hero. The Chronicles go back to basics as they focus on the original Zorro's qualities and take us through a whirlwind of entertainment. With villains plotting and Zorro's cunning tricks and jokes—not to mention spectacular fights—the adventure will be complete! But Zorro never kills; he simply ridicules his opponents to teach them a lesson, and signs his deeds with his trademark Z! Zorro will also have a clever and courageous leading lady by his side: Ines, his twin sister. With her and Bernardo, his faithful friend, Zorro returns to save us when we need him most.

Available on Youtube (in French and in English).

 

Gagarine

Gagarine
Directed by Villa Albertine residents Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, 2022, 1h37 / recommended for ages 13+

Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship”—before it disappears into space forever. The film was shot on the cusp of the actual demolition of the Cité Gagarine housing project in collaboration with its residents in Ivry-sur-Seine.

Available on KinoNow | GooglePlay | AmazonVideo | YouTube | Vudu | Spectrum | DirecTV (in French with English subtitles)

 

TV series Heidi (Netflix)

Heidi
Animated TV Series, France-Australia-Germany / Recommended for ages 6+

Heidi is a happy, talkative eight-year-old orphan who lives with her grandfather in the idyllic scenery of the Swiss Alps. Heidi makes friends quickly, and everyone knows they can always rely on her for help.

Available on Netflix (#tip: make sure to click on "Subtitles & Audio" and select audio in French!) | GooglePlay | iTunes

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How many times have you wished someone a bon voyage? What about bon appétit? Ever indulged in a fresh croissant or New Orleans-style beignets? Or even just a coffee from Pret À Manger? If you didn’t know it already, French is literally everywhere – in our history and values, in our families, and in our neighborhoods and communities. The United States’ relationship with the French language is as old as the United States itself, and even predates its creation. But have you ever wondered what French culture has given us, beyond the Statue of Liberty, the state of Louisiana, and à la carte menus?

 

Recorded on May 5, 2022 at the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie in New York.
As part of the « Spring Festival of La Francophonie » and on the occasion of the release of the 2022 Report on the French Langage Worldwide and of the book « French All Around Us », the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities (CALEC) and French Morning invite you to :

“A conversation on the French Language in the United States : history, commitment and future” #language #education #french #unitedstates #francophonie

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In The Heart of an Artichoke: A Dialogue à Deux About French Language, Literature, and Life, Linda Phillips Ashour and Claire Lerognon help readers reawaken their love of French and the joy of learning. Lively exchanges between teacher (Lerognon) and student (Phillips Ashour) range from task-based methods to a piecemeal approach that provides an alternative to classroom instruction. Peeling back the leaves of the artichoke, the authors uncover the true heart of language learning: a lifelong activity grounded not in textbooks but in human interaction.
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Aux professeurs de ce réseau :

J'ai le plaisir de vous inviter à une formation pédagogique organisée par l'Ambassade de France aux États-Unis et le FIAF le 22 avril 2022 sur le thème : "Enseigner la Francophonie en classe de FLE / FLS". Elle sera assurée par Madame CHNANE-DAVIN Fatima, Professeure des universités à l'INSPE d'Aix-Marseille Université. Elle abordera notamment les compétences et les connaissances nécessaires pour faire découvrir l'espace, la culture et surtout la diversité de la Francophonie à des apprenants de FLE/FLS.

Cette formation est gratuite et se tiendra sur toute la journée du 22. RSVP nécessaire.

Vous pouvez déjà vous inscrire via ce lien : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexci0plxxmRmcao2dRWC7jnNdKsNTMejnJtnrD8fFi00g2ZQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

N'hésitez pas à me contacter directement par email pour plus de détails ou pour d'éventuelles questions à l'adresse suivante : nicolas.serra@frenchculture.org
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Finding Your "One Good Question"

When I asked her what it means to be a Francophone from Louisiana, within North America, she began by saying, "It's so complex." She weaves together an explanation of the first Broussards to settle in Lafayette, who were deported by the British from Canada in Le Grand Dérangement. She has three distinct lines of forebears–Acadians from Canada; indigenous Choctaw and Creek communities; and Haitians who migrated north.
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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month as we celebrate Earth Day and our beautiful planet?
 
Girl jumping with a cat in Paris

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
Directed by Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares, 2015, 1h45, PG / recommended for ages 9+

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance. 

Available on iTunes | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | Vudu | YouTube | Redbox | Microsoft

animals in classroom

Ozie Boo! Save The Planet (Ozie Boo ! Protège ta planète)
Preschool TV show | Recommended for ages 2+

A soft and entertaining introduction to Ecology for the preschoolers, with the Ozie Boo Team and their friends, with an optimistic touch and high quality real world images. The Ozie Boo Team goes to school like all children around of the world… but their school is the Nature School. The “Ozie School”, built completely out of ice and ice cubes, with frozen benches and pristine desks, is the North Pole school where Nelly, Ned, Fred, Ted, Ed, our energetic and curious little penguins, ask the same questions all children ask, with four major themes: pollution, natural resources and climate, species in danger, and protection of the Planet.

Available on AmazonPrime | Roku Channel | YouTube Channel | Tivi5 Monde

Becoming Cousteau

Becoming Cousteau
By Liz Garbus, Documentary, 2021, 1h34, PG-13 / Recommended for ages 14+ (brief strong language, some disturbing images)

Adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him, sounding alarms more than 50 years ago about the warming seas and our planet’s vulnerability.

Available on Disney+ 

reindeers in snow

A Reindeer’s Journey (Aïlo : Une odyssée en Laponie)
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky, 2018, 1h20, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Southerland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, their journey is an uplifting story for the whole family.

Available on Vudu | Tubi | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | iTunes | Microsoft | FuboTV | Crackle | Plex | Redbox

A red turtle in the sea closed to a man

The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge)
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016, 1h20, PG, Belgium-France-Japan | recommended for ages 9+

This masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and they create a family together.

Available on Vudu | GooglePlay | AmazonPrime | YouTube | Microsoft | iTunes | Spectrum

a ladybug and black ant

Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule – La vallée des fourmis perdues)
Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, 2013, 1h29, France-Belgium | Recommended for all ages

In a peaceful little valley, the remains of an abandoned picnic sparks warfare between two tribes of rival ants. At stake, a box of sugar. So when a bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle, she befriends one the black ants, Mandible, whom together must protect the anthill from the encroaching red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.

Available on iTunes | AmazonPrime | YouTube | Microsoft | Vudu | GooglePlay

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