List of Set French Days

THE ARTISTIC LANDMARKS OF PARIS

Tue 11 Jun | Ages 7-11
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (7-8 years old):
Do you know the capital of France and its landmarks? To celebrate the National Children’s Art Week discover the artistic city of Paris through engaging storytelling and activities in French.
Language Activity (9-11 years old):
Work on your French while travelling in the beautiful capital of France during exciting activities around the film A Cat in Paris.



12:45pm: Screening – A Cat in Paris
cert. PG; by J-L Felicioli & A. Gagnol, 2010, 62’, animation, in French with English subtitles
Dino the cat has two lives. During the day, he lives with Zoé, the daughter of Jeanne, a police officer. By night, he scales the rooftops of Paris alongside Nico, a skillful burglar. A chase ensues and all their paths cross… This Oscar nominated animation is the perfect film to make your pupils work on their French while having fun!

 

MUSIC DAY

Tue 18 Jun | Ages 12-18
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (15-18 years old):
During this Activity your students will discover the most renowned artists of the French and francophone musical scene!
Language Activity (12-14 years old):
In France as well we have the Voice on TV and this is where Louane Emera was discovered before acting in La Famille Bélier. Enter the world of French music while shaping up your French.



12:45pm: Screening – La Famille Bélier
cert. 12A; by Eric Lartiguad, 2014, 103′, feature, in French with English subtitles
Young actress and finalist of the Voice France Louane Emera won the César award for her role as Paula, the only hearing member of a deaf family. The Bélier run their farm for a living and Paula, as the only hearing member acts as interpreter. When Paula’s teacher offers her the opportunity to sit for the entrance exam of a vocal elite choir in Paris, she must choose between her family and her ambitions. The perfect film to celebrate Music Day with your pupils!

 

FRIENDSHIP IS FUN!

Thu 4 Jul | Ages 8-13
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (8-11 years old):
Explore the wonderful world of friendship listening to stories and doing activities in the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake.
Language Activity (11-13 years old):
French is fun and there’s no better way than practising with the characters of this film based on the classic book of the same name Le Petit Nicolas.



12:45pm: Screening – Le Petit Nicolas
cert. PG; by Laurent Tirard, 2009, 91’, feature, in French with English subtitles
Based on the classic book of the same name by Asterix author, R. Goscinny, this quirky comedy sees eight-year-old Nicolas enjoying life with his great gang of friends, his long-suffering but friendly teacher and his loving parents.

 

FRENCH & BELGIAN COMIC BOOKS

Thu 19 Sept | Ages 8-13
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (12-13 years old):
Discover the world of comic books created by French & Belgian illustrators from Tintin to Boule & Bill passing by Spirou & Fantasio.
Language Activity (8-11 years old):
Enter the world of the famous French & Belgian comic books such as Spirou & Fantasio during fun activities while shaping up your French!



12:45pm: Screening – Spirou and Fantasio’s Big Adventures
cert. TBC; by Alexandre Coffre, 2018, 90’, feature, in French with English subtitles
This adaptation of famous French comic book introduces us with Spirou, supposedly a groom in a Palace, who meets Fantasio, reporter scupper. Between them everything starts very badly, but against all odds they have to team up when Count Pacôme de Champignac is kidnapped by the men of Zorglub.

 

WWII IN FRANCE

Thu 10 Oct | Ages 12-18
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (15-18 years old):
Dig into the numerous resources in our Médiathèque and understand better what did happen in France during WWII and why resistance was so important
Language Activity (12-14 years old):
Learn about WWII and resistance in France through the introduction of the film Goodbye Children and its characters.



12:45pm: Screening – Goodbye Children
cert. 12A; by Louis Malle 1987, 104’, feature, in French with English subtitles
Bafta Winner for Best Direction, Louis Malle, waited 42 years to make this semi-autobiographical film, set in January 1944 at an exclusive Catholic boarding school outside of Fontainebleau. One of the great movies about WWII and the German occupation, this richly detailed, immaculately acted film traces the friendship between two 12 years-old, one from a wealthy Catholic family through whose eyes the events are seen, the other a Jewish boy hidden by priests, his identity concealed.

 

PARIS AND ITS LANDMARKS

Tue 5 Nov | Ages 7-14
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (7-10 years old):
Do you know the capital of France and its landmarks? Discover the artistic city of Paris through engaging storytelling and activities in French.
Language Activity (11-13 years old):
This activity will give your pupils the tools to enumerate Paris Landmarks, recognise them and talk about them in French while having fun!



12:45pm: Screening – Dilili in Paris
cert. TBC; by Michel Ocelot, 2018, 95’, feature, in French with English subtitles
Come and discover last animation by celebrated Michel Ocelot who won the César of Best Animated film for it. In Belle Époque Paris, accompanied by a young scooter deliveryman, little Kanak Dilili investigates mysterious kidnappings of girls. She meets extraordinary men and women who give her clues. She discovered underground very particular villains, male masters. The two friends will fight with enthusiasm for an active life in the light and living together.

 

WWI IN FRANCE

Tue 10 Dec | Ages 12-18
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (15-18 years old):
How much do you know about WWI and the trenches? Our librarians will show you how to find out what happened in France during the great War.
Language Activity (12-14 years old):
In this workshop, work around the trailer of Merry Christmas and practise your French while learning about the Christmas period in the trenches during WWI.



12:45pm: Screening – Merry Christmas
cert. 12; by Christian Carion, 2005, 113’, feature, in French with English subtitles
On Christmas Eve during WW1, the German, French and Scottish fraternise and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

 

WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS

Thu 12 Dec | Ages 5-10
10:30pm: choose between the 2 following activities:
Library Activity (5-7 years old):
Listen to some magical fairy tales about Christmas, learning basic French words and getting in the Christmas spirit!
Language Activity (8-10 years old):
Enter the magical world of Christmas while discovering the key moments of a French Christmas celebration.



12:45pm: Screening – Ernest & Celestine in Winter
cert. PG; by J. Chheng, J-C Roger, 2017, 45’, animation, in French with English subtitles
This collection of 4 short films follows the adventures of Ernest, a playful and greedy bear, and his mouse friend Celestine as they prepare for the coming winter. Will they gather enough food for Ernest to be ready to hibernate?