French Ciné-Club

The Alliance Française presents a different way to practise your French! Every Term, we select and screen a film in French. A discussion about the film may follow the screening.

Drink on arrival!


$10 for members and students of the Alliance Française d'Adelaïde
$15 for non-members 

When + Where:
Friday 26 May 2023
Alliance Française d'Adelaïde
319 Young Street, Wayville

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Upcoming Screenings

L'Armée des ombres

L'Armée des ombres is a 1969 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and starring Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, and Paul Meurisse.

Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel, the film follows a group of French Resistance fighters during WWII as they navigate Nazi-occupied France.
Praised for its realistic portrayal and powerful performances, it's a must-see for anyone interested in WWII history.

The screening is connected to the upcoming conference by Ben McCann, which focuses on the stars of the French New Wave on May 16th.

Drink on arrival!  

Friday 26 May 2023 - From 6:00pm
Alliance Francaise Adelaide

$10 for members & students 
$15 for non-members


Previous screenings


Les Diaboliques

Come for a good fright with Arnaud and Justine, your g..hosts , for a terrifying movie night «à la française»

We will screen Les Diaboliques (1955), by Henri George Clouzot.
In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse), becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo.

There will be a competition for the best male and female costume (With a prize), so wear your best scary outfit for a hell of a night !!!!  

Friday 28 October 2022 - From 6:30pm
Alliance Francaise Adelaide

Free for members & students 
$5 for non-members 


L'Homme de Rio

Tuesday 25 January 2022 - From 8:30pm

L'Homme de Rio is a 1964 adventure film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac. The story was inspired by the series of comic albums The Adventures of Tintin, and That Man from Rio was one of the main inspirations for Raiders of the Lost Ark  Adrien Dufourquet goes to Paris to meet his fiancee, only to see her get abducted by thieves who steal a statue. While pursuing her, he finds that the statue is a key to a secret Amazon treasure.

Director: Philippe de Broca
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo and Françoise Dorléac


Les Yeux sans visage

Friday 29 October - 6:30pm 
AF Adelaide

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face), a 1960 French horror film co-written and directed by Georges Franju. Controversial at the time of its release, modern critics praise the film for its poetic nature as well as being a notable influence on

other filmmakers. Based on the novel of the same name by Jean Redon, it revolves around a plastic surgeon who is determined to perform a face transplant on his daughter, who was disfigured in an automobile accident.

Director: Georges Franju
Starring: Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli

Le Silence de la Mer

Friday 30 July - 6:30pm
AF Adelaide

Jean-Pierre Melville, widely regarded as an important precursor to the nouvelle vague, began his superb feature filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France.

A cultured, naively idealistic German officer is billeted in the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence—their only form of resistance—is complete silence.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stephane

La Môme

Friday 28 May - 6:00pm
AF Adelaide

La Vie en Rose is a biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf. Cotillard's performance received critical acclaim and earned her several accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress – marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role

Director: Olivier Dahan  
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Emmanuelle Seigner

French Film Festival 

The Alliance Française French Film Festival returns for its 32nd edition in 2021! Tickets are now available for purchase to all films during the Adelaide season - 23 March to 20 April – at Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect.

From our Opening Night film, Eiffel, to our Closing Night film, #Iamhere, and the 35 other films in between - there's something for everyone!

Les 400 coups 

Friday 5 February - 8:00pm AF Adelaide

Come and join us for a movie under the stars. For this screening, we have chosen Les 400 coups by François Truffaut, one of the defining films of  the French New Wave and widely considered one of the best French films in the history of cinema. 

Director: Truffaut 
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier

L'ordre et la Morale 

Thursday 21 January - 7:30pm
AF Adelaide

French historical drama film directed, produced, co-written, co-edited by and starring Mathieu Kassovitz.

Director: Kassovitz 
Starring: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas


Rock'n Roll

Friday 13 November - 7pm
Alliance Francaise

Come and join us for a screening of French actor-director Guillaume Canet’s latest movie, Rock’n Roll, a biting comedy about the ego of celebrity and the pain of getting old. BYO food and drinks and enjoy a good laugh under the stars (weather permitting).

Director: Canet
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard 

Un monstre à Paris

Friday 21 August - 6 pm
AF Adelaide

A shy projectionist Emile Petit has a passion for film and is in love with his co-worker at the cinema, Maud. His friend, an exuberant yet obnoxious inventor and delivery driver, Raoul, picks him up from work to transport him in his bizarre vehicle (called "Catherine"), to obtain a new belt for his projector.

Director: Bergeron
BO: M, Vanessa Paradis 


Friday 14 August - 6 pm
AF Adelaide

Samba Cissé, a migrant from Senegal to France, works as a dish washer in a hotel. After a bureaucratic slip-up lands him in a detention, he is ordered to leave France. With the help of a businesswoman, he fights to stay in France.

Director: Nakache & Toledano
Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg


Friday 3 July - 6pm

The tiny Kirikou is born in a village in Africa on which a witch, Karaba, has cast a terrible spell: the source is dried up, the villagers' bitterness, the men are kidnapped and mysteriously disappear. She eats them, supports the villagers in their obsession.

Director: Michel Ocelot
BO: Youssou N'Dour

Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre

Friday 19 June - 6pm

Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra. Inspired from the famous comics written by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.

Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

Friday 5 June - 6pm

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon
Starring: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoe Felix

Adele Blanc Sec

Friday 22 May - 6pm

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Director: Luc Besson
Staring: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche

Les Petits Mouchoirs

Friday 8 May - 6pm

Following an overwhelming event, a group of friends decided, despite everything, to go on vacation by the sea as every year. Their friendship, their certainties, their guilt, their love will be shaken. They are finally going to have to raise the small handkerchiefs that they put on their secrets and their lies.

Director: Guillaume Canet
Staring: Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel

Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

Friday 14 February - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

Ciné-club returns this Valentine's Day with a special screening of the 2001 French romantic comedy film, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, which tells the story of a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better.

Subtitles in English


Les Choristes

Wednesday 21 November - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Les Choristes, a 2004 French drama about Pierre Morhange, a widely successful orchestra conductor, who returns to France when his mother dies. He reminisces about his childhood inspirations when he and his former classmate Pépinot read the diary of their old music teacher Clément Mathieu.

Subtitles in French

3 cœurs

Wednesday 24 October - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening 3 cœurs, a 2014 French drama about Marc and Sylvie, who meet and fall in love, only to miss each other at their next meeting. Marc then falls in love with Sophie, not knowing that she is Sylvie's sister.

Subtitles in English

2 automnes 3 hivers

Wednesday 19 September - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening 2 automnes 3 hivers, a 2013 French rom-com about Arman, 33, who is ready to make a change and starts running in the park, literally bumping into Amélie.

Subtitles in English

Les Interdits

Wednesday 15 August - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Les Interdits, a 2013 French drama which follows two cousins in 1979 Ukraine as they secretly arrange to meet up with refuseniks.

Subtitles in English

Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!

Wednesday 20 June - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!, a 2013 French coming-of-age comedy which follows French comedian, Guillaume Gallienne, as a boy as he develops his own identity and his relationship with his mother.

Quai d'Orsay

Wednesday 30 May - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Quai d'Orsay, a 2013 French comedy which takes look at the French Foreign Ministry under Dominique de Villepin as France, in co-operation with Germany, opposes the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

The Connection

Wednesday 21 March - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening The Connection, a 2014 French action crime thriller inspired by the events of the French Connection in the 1970s, starring Jean Dujardin as police magistrate Pierre Michel and Gilles Lellouche as Gaëtan "Tany" Zampa, a drug gang ringleader.

Le Hérisson

Wednesday 14 February - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Le Hérisson, a 2009 French film about Paloma, an 11-year-old girl unhappily living a life of luxury in Paris with her family. Only after developing a friendship with Mrs. Michel, the gruff-looking reclusive concierge, and Mr. Ozu, a Japanese widower,  the two like-minds show Paloma a lovelier side of life than she originally thought possible.


Jules et Jim

Wednesday 22 November - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening  Jules et Jim, a 1962 French romantic drama by François Truffaut. Set around the time of the First World War, the film follows the tragic love triangle between French Bohemian Jim, his shy Austrian friend Jules, and Jules' girlfriend Catherine, played by Jeanne Moreau.

Les parapluies de Cherbourg

Wednesday 25 October - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Les parapluies de Cherbourg, a 1964 romantic musical film starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo, which tells the story of Geneviève, who works in a tiny and struggling umbrella boutique, and Guy, a handsome young auto mechanic, in the coastal town of Cherbourg in Normandy, France.

Camille Redouble

Wednesday 20 September - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Camille Redouble, a 2012 French drama film which tells the story of Camille who is transported back to 1985 to her teenage self after she consults a quirky clockmaker to fix her watch.


Wednesday 23 August - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening Jappeloup, a 2013 French film which tells the story of Pierre Durand, Jr., who gives up on his career as a lawyer and turns to professional show jumping in the early 1980s.

La Famille Bélier

Wednesday 26 July - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening La Famille Bélier, a 2014 comedy-drama which tells the story of sixteen-year-old Paula, an interpreter for her deaf parents and brother. When a music teacher discovers her gift for singing, they encourage Paula to participate in a prestigious singing contest in Paris, but this decision would mean leaving her family and taking her first steps towards adulthood.

9 Mois Ferme

Wednesday 14 June - 6pm
319 Young Street, Wayville

Ciné-club has returned! This month, we will be screening  9 Mois Ferme, a 2012 French comedy which tells the story of Ariane Felder, a pregnant woman who is surprised to learn that the father of her child is a criminal. Ariane, who does not remember anything, tries to understand what happened.

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