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Let's discover our Soirée Ciné, our cinematography workshops, our interviews and the recent French films releases in the Netherlands. 

Our events for cinephiles  
French-speaking movies in Dutch Theaters
Interview of Céline Sciamma by Alliance Française Amsterdam
Tapis Rouge

Our events for cinephiles

Soirée Ciné 

The Alliance Française Amsterdam, in collaboration with Het Ketelhuis, is glad to present to you Soirée ciné. Every second tuesday of the month, join us for a unique screening of a French film that will not be released in the Netherlands. Subtitles in Dutch/English depending on the screening. 

 Next edition on the 11th October
Presque, by Bernard Campan et Alexandre Jollien
(Dutch subtitles)
 Next edition on the 11th October Presque, by Bernard Campan et Alexandre Jollien (Dutch subtitles)


The Alliance Française Amsterdam is happy to present to you its Ciné-club in collaboration with Institut Français. Every last monday of the month, join us at Café Brecht to (re)discover a cult French movie.
Subtitles in English. 

Next edition on the 31st October, 
Compartiment tueurs By Costa-Gavras
Next edition on the 31st October,  Compartiment tueurs By Costa-Gavras

FRench-Speaking Movies in Dutch Theaters

For members of Alliance Française Amsterdam, a special discount is available of the following films on the website of cinéma Rialto with use of promo code afrialto. A presentation of your membership confirmation email will be requested.

Check the Instagram page of Alliance Française Amsterdam to win cinema tickets!

TORI and lokita

 Jean-Pierre DardenneLuc Dardenne

Get tickets for the premiere and discussion with the directors, 7th of October Get tickets for the premiere and discussion with the directors, 7th of October

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne present another heartbreaking, empathetic tale from the margins of Belgium’s underclass, which won the Cannes special 75th Anniversary Prize.
Sweet-natured Tori and staunch Lokita are child refugees, eager to make Belgium their home after a long and traumatic journey from West Africa. Lacking the necessary papers, they must convince the authorities that they are blood relatives who are ‘worthy’ of remaining in the country, but it won’t be easy. In an attempt to gain false documents, Lokita finds work at a drug dealer’s grow house; separated for the first time, the pair scrounge to survive and do everything they can to be together again.
After four decades of transformative social-realist cinema, double Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers (Young Ahmed, MIFF 2019; The Kid With the Bike, MIFF 2011; The Child, MIFF 2005) have done it again – this time with a plaintive and potent dramatisation of the personal fallout of the refugee crisis. With Tori and Lokita, which is driven by the moving performances of non-professional actors Pablo Schils and Mbundu Joely, they turn their focus on the strength required for such brave individuals to make a new life, and to do so with dignity and respect in the face of society’s mounting failings.
“A scalding indictment of societal indifference … Like the best of their work, its premise pulls tighter until even the simplest actions are endowed with breathless intensity.” – IndieWire

In theaters from October 20th


Joachim Lafosse

Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires.?  Belgium filmmaker Joachim Lafosse was originally inspired to write the script for The Restless by his own experiences with his bipolar father. Having witnessed the effects the condition had on preventing his father from fully realising his dreams, Lafosse has crafted a compelling depiction of what it’s like to live with a bipolar disorder, and what it’s like to live with somebody who has severe episodes of mood swings. Actor Damien Bonnard (Les Misérables, 2019; Only the Animals, 2019) delivers a commanding performance as the painter living with a mental illness, portraying him both sympathetically while also not shying away from revealing how frustrating and even frightening he can be to have around. Bonnard’s performance is matched by actor Leïla Bekhti, playing his wife, whose capacity to commit to loving him is increasingly pushed to the limit. 

In theaters from August 11th

Interview of Céline Sciamma by Alliance Française Amsterdam

Interview of Céline Sciamma by Alliance Française Amsterdam
for the release of Petite Maman, on the 16th of September 2021 (Cinéart)

In official competition at Toronto International Film Festival and Berlinale, Céline Sciamma's  (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) latest film is a poetic coming-of-age tale about grief and child-parent relationships. 

8-year-old Nelly has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mom, Marion, used to play and built the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. That’s when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse. Her name is Marion.

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Read the Interview in English! Read the Interview in English!  

Alliance française Amsterdam is the co-creator of Tapis Rouge Festival with Cinéart and fondation Echappée belle and official partner of the frans film festival for 2019 and 2020 editions. At Het Ketelhuis, de Filmhallen and Pathé Tuschinski, more than 30 French movies were screened for an international audience, including school screenings. With exclusive premieres, interviews and Q&A sessions, Tapis Rouge offers the best of French cinema in the Netherlands.

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