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



The Alliance Française Amsterdam and the Goethe-Institut Niederlande are starting a new partnership! The idea for this collaboration is born out of a desire to unite curious minds and enrich intercultural dialogue through cinema in the heart of a European city, Amsterdam.

Every last Tuesday of the month, a screening will take place based on the greatest films that have marked the history of cinema in France and in Germany. There will first be a French proposal which will then receive a German response the following month. A theme or a chronology will mark the link between the two pieces.

The film chosen will have been selected or nominated by one of the major French or German film festivals: the Cannes Film Festival, the César Awards, the Berlinale or the Deutscher Filmpreis. 

Here is the list of the films! 




23 January and 27 February
Paris 1900 (1947) B-movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989 (2015)
26 March and 30 April

La Fracture

 In the fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017)
 28 May and 25 June

Quai d'Orsay

Goodbye, Lenin! (2003)
24 September and 29 October

L'Assassin habite au 21

M : Eine Stadt sucht einen Morder (1931)
26 November and 17 December
Papicha (2019)


Interviews by Alliance Française Amsterdam

At the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Alliance Française Amsterdam met the French director Jérémie Périn at the beginning of February 2024, when his new film Mars express was released in the Netherlands. A great opportunity to delve into the world of French animation and its export abroad.

Read the written interview (in French) Read the written interview (in French)

Watch the video interview (to come) Watch the video interview (to come)



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

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.

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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.

Past movie nights

Soirée Ciné

Anatomie d'une chute (2023) - Justine Triet
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

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