Malvern French Film Centre 2018-2019 Season
June 16th 7:00 pm
One event on 21st October 2018 at 7:00pm
One event on 18th November 2018 at 2:30pm
One event on 13th January 2019 at 2:30pm
One event on 10th February 2019 at 2:30pm
One event on 14th April 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 19th May 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 16th June 2019 at 7:00pm
One event on 16th March 2019 at 11:00am
One event on 9th December 2018 at 2:00pm
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Monthly Sunday Films at The Coach House:
16th September at 7pm – Le Havre
21st October at 7pm – Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec
18th November at 2.30pm – Les Jeux Interdits
13th January at 2.30pm – Et Dieu… créa la femme
10th February at 2.30pm & 5.30pm – Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie
14th April at 7pm – Les amants
19th May at 7pm – Le Colonel Chabert
16th June at 7pm – Indochine
Special showing at Malvern Cinema:
Sunday 9th December at 2pm – Un sac de billes
Film Weekend – Six films based on French history at The Coach House:
(All films are shown with English subtitles)
Sunday 16th September ’18 at 7pm
2012 (PG) colour 93 mins (comedy/drama)
When a group of illegal African immigrants arrives by container ship in the port of Le Havre, young Idrissa is the only one to escape the border guards. The first friendly face he sees is Marcel, an ageing shoe shiner and one time artist who takes pity on him and welcomes him into his home. Marcel, with the help of his friends, keeps Idrissa in hiding and, learning the boy’s story, sets about trying to get him to London, the original end destination of the ship.
Prix Luis Delluc 2011: Best Film, Munich Film Festival 2011:Best International Film, Chicago International Film Festival 2011: Best International Feature
Sunday 21st October ’18 at 7pm
2010 (12) colour 107mins (adventure/fantasy)
Desperate to cure her near catatonic sister, intrepid Adèle Blanc-Sec braves ancient Egyptian tombs and modern Egyptian low life to locate a mummified doctor and get him back to Paris. Her hope is that Professor Espérandieu can then use his unusual powers to bring the doctor back to life so he, in turn, can use his centuries-old skills on the unfortunate sister. In Paris however Espérandieu is already causing mayhem, having brought to life what was a museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl, making Paris 1911 not the safest place to be.
César Awards 2011: Best design, production and costume.
Sunday 18th November ’18 at 2:30pm
1972 (12) B&W 86mins (drama/war)
In June 1940 five-year old Paulette loses her parents in an air-raid fleeing the Battle of Paris. She meets Michel, whose peasant family take her in and the two quickly become firm friends. They attempt to cope with the death and destruction that surrounds them by secretly building a small cemetery for animals, marking their graves with crosses stolen from a local graveyard. In the end Gendarmes escort Paulette to a Red Cross camp. The film is noted for the guitar music played by Narciso Yepes.
Venice Film Festival 1952: Golden Lion, BAFTA 1954: Best film from any source, Blue Ribbon 1954: Best Foreign Language Film.
SPECIAL SCREENING AT MALVERN CINEMA
Sunday 9th December ’18 at 2pm
2017 (12A) – colour 110 mins (drama)
A Beautiful film not yet on UK release.
The setting is occupied France in World War II. A Jewish family knows if they stay in Paris, they’ll be captured and sent to a concentration camp. Their plan is therefore to escape to Vichy where, though under German control, most of the occupying soldiers are Italian. When Italy signs an armistice with the allies, German soldiers move in and Vichy is no longer the relatively safe haven it had been. The story involves the two brothers as they painfully attempt to make their way to Vichy, and then try to survive the occupation and reunite with their parents.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017: Best narrative feature.
Sunday 13th Jan ’18 at 2.30pm
1956 (PG) colour 95mins (romance/drama)
The attractive orphan Juliette is fancied by every man in St Tropez. Antoine, who she loves, is leaving town and promises to take her with him but goes without her. To save her from going back to the orphanage Antoine’s younger brother Michel makes an offer of marriage which she accepts. Wealthy Eric wants to buy the brothers’ shipyard as a casino site and brings Antoine back to St Tropez. Life then begins to get complicated particularly as Juliette cannot keep herself from cheating on Michel. This was the film that created Bardot’s sex kitten persona.
One of the ten most popular films at the British box office in 1956 – The Times
Sunday 10th February at 2.30pm & 5.30pm (EXTRA SHOWING DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND)
1972 (15) colour 102 mins (comedy)
Several bourgeois friends are planning to get together for dinner. However a succession of highly bizarre events, accepted by the characters even if they are impossible or contradictory, interfere with several attempts to enjoy their planned dining experience. Directed by one of the masters of surrealist cinema, this is a film where the narrative plays an elaborate game with the viewer and where reality and illusion blend imperceptibly.
Academy Award 1973: Best foreign language film, French Syndicate of Cinema Critics: Best film, BAFTA 1974: Best screenplay.
FRENCH HISTORY WEEKEND
Sat 16th & Sun 17th March ’19
Saturday 16th March ’19 at 11am
1969 & 2006 (12A) – colour 145mins (war/drama)
France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe is a French Resistance commandant. Exposed by a French collaborator, he is sent to a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network, where he has the traitor executed. This movie accurately portrays what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the command structure and the way orders were carried out. Co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville was himself a veteran of the “Shadow Army”
Saturday 16th March ’18 at 2.30pm
1995 (18) – colour 159 mins (drama/history)
During the late 16C Catholics and Protestant Huguenots are fighting over political control of France, ruled by Charles IX and his scheming mother, Catherine de’ Medici. She contrives the marriage of Margot, her daughter, to Huguenot Henri de Bourbon but Margot does not love Henri, and begins an affair with the soldier La Môle, also a Huguenot. Catherine’s evil plotting to place her other son on the throne threatens the lives of Henri and Margot. Henri escapes and sends La Môle to fetch Margot, but he is apprehended and beheaded before Margot can save him.
Cannes Festival 1994 Jury Prize: Patrice Cheneau
Saturday 16th March ’19 at 7pm
1952 (U) – B&W 87mins (musical/comedy/fantasy)
Young Claude, a teacher by day, is a struggling composer by night. Alas, everyone around him seems to prefer noise to music. But in his dreams he lives in other eras where he is appreciated, lionized, and even the conquerer of desirable women (idealized forms of those he’s seen in waking life). His dreams are suitably dreamlike, yet have a strange kind of reality, for he revisits them after waking. The conflict between waking and dream worlds leads to amusing, strange and sometimes fantastic situations.
Venice Film Festival 1952 (FIPRESCI prize): René Clair, French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1953: Best Film
Sunday 17th March ’19 at 11am
1983 (PG) – colour 136 mins (history/drama)
The action begins in November of 1793, with Georges Danton returning to Paris upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, led byRobespierre, has begun a series of executions – the Reign of Terror. Robespierre tries to persuade Danton to join the cause but he rejects his former ally, confident that the people’s support will keep him safe. Robespierre reluctantly rounds up Danton and his followers, brings them to a revolutionary tribunal which has them dispatched to the guillotine.
César Awards 1983: Best Director, BAFTA 1984: Best Foreign Language Film, Prix Louis Delluc 1982
Sunday 17th March at 2.30pm
2016 (12) – colour 115 mins (history/drama)
Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV becomes ill and begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers. This is one of the most noted kings of France, and here he is shown fading from life, over the course of a week, like any ordinary person, betrayed by his body, but his mind remaining sharp to the very last moment, attended and fussed over in hushed tones, but unable to stop the inevitable decline or gain much comfort.
Prix Jean Vigo 2016: Albert Serra, Lumiere Awards 2017: Best Actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), Best Cinematography
Sunday 17th March ’19 at 7pm
1996 (15) – colour 135 mins (adventure/romance)
In 1832 as cholera ravages Provence, Angelo, a young Italian officer, arrives to raise money for the revolution against Austria. While in Manosque he fights off a paranoid mob and Austrian Agents and is given food and overnight shelter by Pauline de Théus. Moving on and after more adventures, and further evasion of the Austrian Agents, he again encounters Pauline fleeing from the cholera. Having learned her story, Angelo determines to help Pauline find her husband who has tried to return to his Castle at Théus.
César Awards 1996: Best Cinematography and soundtrack, Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists 1997: Best costume design.
Sunday 14th April ’19 at 7pm
1958 (15) B/W 90mins (drama/romance)
Jeanne lives in Dijon with her boring husband Henri. She escapes to Paris regularly where she can spend time with her friend Maggy and Raoul, Maggy’s friend and Jeanne’s lover. Henri insists Maggy and Raoul are invited to Dijon to stay, but on that day Jeanne’s car breaks down and she is given a lift home by Bernard, who is consequently invited to stay for dinner. Afterwards, ignoring her husband and spurning the advances of Raoul, she spends some time, and ultimately the night, with the attentive Bernard.
Venice Film Festival 1958: Best actress (Jeanne Moreau), Special Jury prize – Louis Malle
Sunday 19th May ’19 at 7pm
1994 (PG) – colour 110mins (history/romance)
Colonel Chabert was so severely wounded in the Battle of Eylau that the medical examiner signed his death certificate. Regaining his health and memory, he returns to Paris, where his “widow”, Anne has married Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power witth Chabert’s money. Anne refuses to recognise Chabert, who hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. However, rejected by his wife, and later condemned for vagrancy, Chabert’s life ends in poverty in an asylum.
César Awards, 1994: nominated for – Best Actor (Depardieu), Best cinematography, Best production design.
Sunday 16th June ’19 at 7pm
1992 (15) colour 159min (drama/romance)
The setting is Indochina, during the decline of French colonialism. Eliane, is a wealthy French widow. When two of her closest friends are killed in a plane crash she raises their daughter Camille, a Vietnamese princess, as if she was her own. The film charts the attempts of Camille to find and be with the young naval officer she fell in love with after he saved her life. The story is set against the rise of communism that ultimately led to the independence of French Indochina and the division of Vietnam.
Oscar 1993: Best Foreign film, Golden Globe 1993: Best Foreign Film, César Awards 1993: Best cinematography.
Any tickets booked via Malvern Theatres “for collection” will be available on the door at the Coach House, half an hour before the start time. (Please note Malvern Theatres terms and conditions with regard to returns/refunds are applicable.)
Tickets are also usually available on the door at the Coach House.
NOTE: Seats in the Coach House will not be numbered and patrons may choose any vacant one on arrival. (With tiered seating, visibility is not an issue from anywhere in the auditorium.)
The Malvern French Film Centre, operates a membership scheme under which a subscription of £30 is payable in advance, and admission to each film then costs only £1. This represents a significant saving to members if they see at least ten of the fifteen films on offer.
Anyone interested in becoming a subscribing member can find more details on our website: www.malvernfrenchfilmcentre.uk where an electronic version of this brochure will also be found along with other information of interest to French cinephiles.