Cinematheque Virtuelle: French Films from your couch
We all missed the French Film Festival and look forward to 2021 when it returns to the Byrd Theatre!
In the meantime, we have curated a group of wonderful French Films to enjoy virtually, right from the comfort of your own home.
Series runs Wednesday, May 27th - Tuesday, June 9th.
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After 20 years of marriage, Maria decides to leave. She moves to the hotel opposite her marital home. She can scrutinize her apartment, her husband, her wedding. She wonders if she has made the right decision.
A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.
Opens June 1, 2020
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...
"FLAWLESS! FOR LOVERS OF TOUGH-GUY MOVIE-MAKING, RIFIFI MEANS PERFECTION.” - Michael Sragow, The New York Times
“THE BEST FILM NOIR I’VE EVER SEEN.” - François Truffaut
Rémy, a young Parisian with an unskilled job. Mélanie, a young Parisian who works in scientific research. Two depressive moods living in close proximity but strange to each other. Shall the two ever meet?
Opens June 2, 2020
Band of Outsiders (1964)
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.
A LUSTROUS RESTORATION! MASTERPIECE! [Godard]’s most charming and, arguably, influential film: a free-associative meditation on the gangster genre that revealed a new way of framing our dreams and our reality. There would be no Bonnie and Clyde without it.
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine
When Myriam, the mother of two young children, decides--despite the reluctance of her husband--to resume her activity in a law firm, the couple starts looking for a nanny.
Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed and seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.
Opens May 31, 2020
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home.
Do you have a technical question?
Every film released in our Virtual Cinema is available through the individual distributor’s websites and streaming services. The link to rent and view the film will take you to their website, but a portion of your virtual rental will help support the Byrd Theatre. If you are having technical issues, please visit the respective film page and browse the links to the distributor FAQ and contact information.
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