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French-speaking movies in Dutch Theaters
Interviews by Alliance Française Amsterdam (Céline Sciamma, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Joely Mbundu and Lola Quivoron)
Past movie nights
Tapis Rouge

Movie nights

Soirée Ciné 

The Alliance Française Amsterdam, in collaboration with different partners, is glad to present to you Soirée ciné. Join us for a unique screening of a French film!

Next edition on October 13th at 18h30,

Anatomie d'une chute 

by Justine Triet
Palme d'Or du Festival de Cannes 2023
(in French, Dutch  subtitles)

 - followed by an exchange in French -

At Rialto, De Pijp 


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.

Next edition on October 23rd,

Les Diaboliques,

by Henri-Georges Clouzot
(English subtitles)

- followed by an exchange in French -

Coming soon: 

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
- Robert Bresson

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!


Alain Ughetto

In the early dawn of the 20th century, life for the Ughetto family in their village — Ughettera, located in the Piedmont mountain country of northwest Italy — is increasingly tough. Faced with mounting privations — one scene shows a single potato chopped into fifths and distributed between the younger children of the family — and the lure of work elsewhere, Luigi Ughetto follows the opportunities presented by tunnel- and road-building projects, finally crossing to France and changing the course of the family’s history. In this charming, very personal, factually-based stop motion animation, Luigi’s grandson, French animator Alain Ughetto, not only traces that history, he also enters into a dialogue with it.

Ughetto lays out an immortal, cyclical story of love and family, poverty and prosperity, accident and fortune. But the content moves well beyond sentimental nostalgia: two World Wars, the rise of fascism and the Spanish flu epidemic, among other momentous signs of the 20th century, all mark this sometimes tragic (but never solemn) reconstruction. Above all, Ughetto traces the path of a cross-cultural migration from Italy to France, as a tightly-knit community of workers finds itself exploited as a social class by State and Church alike, suffering a galling dose of racism along the way. A splendid, life-affirming portrait.

Released on 18th of May. 



Blandine Lenoir

Inspired by true events, ANNIE’S FIRE is the warm, tender and humane new film from Blandine Lenoir (writer/director of 2018 hit Aurore), featuring another terrific performance from the unstoppable Laure Calamy (Antoinette in the CévennesFull Time, Call My Agent!) as an ordinary woman who becomes emboldened by a cause far bigger than herself.

February 1974, regional France. When mild-mannered working class mother of two Annie (Calamy) and her husband accidentally fall pregnant, they know they can’t afford to care for another child. Annie is introduced to a group of local women and doctors who offer both judgement-free support and family planning. Far from underground, the network defiantly refuses to hide from public view, even though their efforts are considered illegal across the nation. Annie is surprised by the camaraderie and conviction of her new friends, and through them, finds her mind opened to feminism and self-empowerment.Anchored by Calamy’s generous and hugely-engaging performance, amid an exceptional ensemble cast of authentic, memorable characters, Lenoir’s ode to female solidarity tells a tale as important as ever, not only a compelling reminder of how things were, but also a warning of how they could yet be.

Released on the 11th of May. 

"Stirring and engrossing. Lovingly crafted, heartily acted, powered by Laure Calamy's typically lovable performance. Emotionally nuanced, there’s no one-size-fits-all story in this open-hearted, empathetic film"

- Guy Lodge, Variety

une belle course

Christian Carion

A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver, whose personal life is in shambles, and his fare, an elderly woman whose warmth belies her shocking past. Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver in Paris, and he is having a very bad day. Some pressing personal debts are due, he’s in danger of losing his driver’s licence to numerous traffic infractions, and his marriage, like Charles himself, is strained to the point of snapping. A quick fare in the suburbs seems like an easy distraction. Enter Madeleine (Line Renaud), an immaculately groomed 92-year-old woman, who informs Charles that the trip today will not be a direct one. She is moving into a care home and would like to make some stops along the way, predicting that this might be her last car ride through the city. Initially exasperated and grumbling, Charles is slowly lured in by her warm charm and directness, fascinated by the stories she wants to tell. Their ride takes them through the momentous locations of her life and we discover that she has had a shocking and very dramatic journey indeed. Their short friendship is sure to have a lasting impact as Madeleine listens to Charles confess his own worries, all of which she absorbs with candour and clarifying humour.

Boon, an actor best known for his comedic work, creates a dramatic portrait of a frustrated man facing a personal crisis of epic proportions. His darker, sharper edges allow Renaud (renowned for decades in France as a singer) to shine as the pure shimmering light that is Madeleine. She reminds us that inside every seemingly benign elderly woman we might pass on the street is a warrior, a nurturer, and a spirited adventurer.

Released on the 27th of April.

Interviews by Alliance Française Amsterdam

Nicolas Bedos

Interview en français ! Interview en français !

Interview in English! Interview in English!

Alain Ughetto

Interview en français ! Interview en français !

Interview in English! Interview in English!

Lola Quivoron

For the release of Rodeo on the 12th of January 2023.

 Interview en français !   Interview en français ! 

 Interview in English!  Interview in English!

Gaspar Noé

For the release of Vortex on the 17th of November 2022.

Interview en français ! Interview en français !

Interview in English! Interview in English!

Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Joely Mbundu

For the release of Tori et Lokita on the 20th of October 2022.

 Frères Dardenne - Interview en français  Frères Dardenne - Interview en français

Dardenne brothers - Interview in English
Dardenne brothers - Interview in English
 Joely Mbundu  - Interview en français  Joely Mbundu  - Interview en français

Joely Mbundu - Interview in English Joely Mbundu - Interview in English

Céline Sciamma

For the release of Petite Maman on the 16th of September 2021.

Interview en français ! Interview en français !

Interview in English! Interview in English!

Past movie nights

Soirée Ciné

Une fois que tu sais (2021) - Emmanuel Cappellin + Q&A
Un petit frère (2022)
- Léonor Serraille + Q&A
Tout le monde aime Jeanne (2022)
 - Céline Devaux
Une histoire à soi (2021)
- Amandine Gay
Les jeunes amants (2021)
- Carine Tardieu + Q&A - SOLD OUT
La Brigade
(2022) - Louis-Julien Petit + discussion after screening
Arthur Rambo (2021)
-  Laurent Cantet + Q&A with  Laurent Cantet
Tom Medina (2021) - Tony Gatlif + Q&A with David Murgia
Presque (2021) - Alexandre Jollien, Bernard Campan + speaker
L'Horizon (2022) - Emilie Carpentier + Q&A with Emilie Carpentier
Madeline Colins (2021)
- Antoine Barraud
France (2021) - Bruno Dumont
Le brio (2017) - Yvan Attal
Ibrahim (2020) - Samir Guesmi
Les éblouis (2019) - Sarah Suco
Seules les bêtes (2019) - Dominik Moll + Q&A with Dominik Moll
Rouge (2021) - Farid Bentoumi + Q&A with Farid Bentoumi
Le discours (2021) - Laurent Tirard

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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