GUS, PETIT OISEAU, GRAND VOYAGE
Ages 6 to 10Yellowbird
By Christian de Vita, 2014, 90′, animation, in French with English subtitles
A hero’s journey with a most unlikely hero. Yellowbird is a teeny tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest, has no family, yet desperately wants one – That is, until he finds himself leading a flock on their migration to Africa passing by Paris and Holland.
Ages 7 to 11The Painting
by Jean-François Laguionie, 2011, 75′, animation
Contains nude images of animated characters.
A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. 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?
L’ÎLE DE BLACK MOR
Ages 8 to 11Black Mor’s Island
By Jean-François Laguionie , 2013, 75′, animation
A sure-fire hit with would-be pirates of all ages, this film follows the adventures of one teenager who, escaped from the workhouse, sets off in search of the buried treasure of notorious pirate Black Mor. Boasting handsome visuals and a likable cast of characters, this exciting action-adventure has a surprise subplot that will appeal to girls as well as boys.
Les Malheurs de Sophie
Ages 8 – 13Sophie’s Misfortunes
by Christophe Honoré, 2016, 106 mins, feature, in French with English subtitles
Adapted from Ségur’s books, the film tells the story of Sophie who isn’t the model little girl one would like her to be. She cuts her mother’s fish into tiny pieces, just misses burning herself wading through quicklime and tortures her wax doll. In one word, Sophie is constantly up to no good!
LE CHAT DU RABBIN
Ages 13+Rabbi’s Cat
by Joan Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, 2011, 1h40min, animation, in French with English subtitles
Have you ever seen a talking cat? A talking cat willing to convert to Judaism? Joann Sfar’s first movie, based on his comic books of the same name, uses humour to approach very controversial subjects such as religion, cultural differences and tolerance. Beware of this cat! It will make your students laugh, but most of all it will make them think!
Ages 11+by Simon Rouby, 2015, 85′, animation
It’s 1914 and 12-year-old Adama lives with his elder brother Samba in a small west African village. They have been raised to be naturally sceptical of the negative forces or spirits that live outside the community, soImage result for adama rouby the family is shocked when Samba runs away to become a warrior. Adama leaves the village soon after in order to search for him. His epic journey takes him across several continents and forces the boy to take stock of the world at large, particularly a war-strewn Europe where, it becomes clear, Samba has been sent to the front line trenches to fight. Adama is a richly animated film that deals with an important chapter in world history.
Ages 12+Once in a Lifetime
by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar 2014, 105′, feature
Once in a Lifetime stars Ariane Ascaride and tells the true story of teacher working in a school located in Créteil where most kids are minorities. Faced with her students’ own prejudice towards other religions and ethnicities, the professor manages to convince them to take part in a collective project about the Holocaust, an experience that enlightens.
GOOD LUCK ALGERIA
Ages 12+by Farid Bentoumi 2015, 91′, feature
Sam and Stéphane are two friends and associates working together in their workshop designing hand-crafted high-quality skis. To promote their skis, their business being put in jeopardy by competition from larger brands, they take a crazy gamble to qualify Sam for the Winter Olympic Games in cross-country skiing under the flag of his father’s country, Algeria. Sam faces a challenging training and identity crisis he didn’t anticipate.
A VOIX HAUTE – LA FORCE DE LA PAROLE
Ages 15+Speak Up
by Stéphane De Freitas & Ladj Ly 2017, 100′, documentary
Each year at the University of Saint-Denis in the suburbs of Paris, the “Eloquentia” competition for Best Orator takes place. Any student can participate and prepare with the help of professionals, who teach them the tricks and trades of public speaking. Over the weeks, they learn the subtle inner workings of rhetoric and to reveal themselves. Stéphane de Freitas’ eloquent documentary was nominated for the Best Documentary César Award 2018.