Toronto’s NFB Mediatheque (150 John St.) presents French-language films (with English subtitles) the first Thursday of each month, in partnership with Alliance Française de Toronto, le Bureau du Québec à Toronto, Cinéfranco, the Consulate General of France in Toronto and Théâtre Français de Toronto. Each film screens with one of the NFB’s acclaimed shorts preceding it, and tickets are a ridiculously cheap $6 for adults and $4 for students, seniors, NFB and Alliance Française members. Check out this upcoming schedule:
Persepolis (Directors: Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. 2007, France, 96 minutes.)
Winner, Jury Prize, 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
The poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, based on the award-winning graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.
Conte de quartier (Director: Florence Miailhe. 2006, NFB, 16 minutes.)
A crazy day in a neighbourhood under reconstruction: seven characters and a rag doll are swept up in a dizzying chain of events.
L’âge de Tènébres (Days of Darkness) (Director: Denys Arcand. 2007, Canada, 104 minutes.)
Nominee, Best Motion Picture, 2008 Genie Awards.
Stuck between dream and reality, a civil servant reinvents himself as a celebrity, escaping from his quiet and desperate life.
L’ondée (Rains) (Director: David Coquard-Dassault. 2008, NFB, 8 min.)
Jury Special Mention, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2009.
Everyone seeks refuge as a sudden rainstorm is unleashed on a city.
Entre les murs (The Class) (Director: Laurent Cantet, . 2008, France, 128 min.)
Winner, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2008.
A well-intentioned teacher’s classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods.
Train en folie (Runaway) (Director: Cordell Barker, 2009, NFB, 9 min.)
Winner, Petit Rail d’Or for Best Short Film, Cannes International Film Festival, 2009
One of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2009 (Short Films)
Happy passengers have a great time on a crowded train, oblivious to the unknown fate that awaits them around the bend.