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Albertine Cinémathèque Festival at Los Angeles Pierce College



March 16 - April 20, 2023


Los Angeles Pierce College presents the Albertine Cinémathèque French Film Festival from March 16 through April 20, 2023. Offering a superb range of French films, special events, and Q&As, the Festival is a FREE way to explore the world without leaving Los Angeles. All films have English subtitles.


– Opening Night, Thursday, March 16th, 2023 –

4:00 – 4:30 pm: Welcome by Jason Cifra, Vice-President for Student Services and Benoît Labat, Higher Education and Language Attaché of the Consulate General of France  

Opening Reception (Pascal Pâtisserie & Café)

4:30 – 7:00 pm: Aline
With the support of her family and the man she loves, the 14th child of a modest family will become the most famous singer in the world.
Directed by Valérie Lemercier
Comedy and Drama, 2020, 128 mins., France, Canada, and Belgium
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Garineh Avakian, Department of Music

 – Monday, March 20th, 2023 –
4:00 – 6:30 pm:  Slalom
Under the guidance of a strict ex champion, a promising 15 year old girl trains as a professional skiing star. Will she be able to endure the physical and emotional pressures?
Directed by Charlène Favier
Drama, 2020, 92 mins., France and Belgium
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Deborah Hefter & Prof. Susan Armenta, Department of Physical Education


– Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 –
4:00 – 6:30 pm: Lingui
Amina, a practicing Muslim, lives with her daughter, 15-year-old Maria. When Amina learns
Maria is pregnant and wants to abort the child, they face an impossible situation in a country where abortion is legally and morally condemned.

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Drama, 2021, 87 mins., Chad, France, Germany, and Belgium
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Sheryl Nomelli, Department of History


– Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 –
4:00 – 6:30 pm: Les 400 Coups / The 400 Blows
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
Directed by François Truffaut
Drama, 1959, 99 mins., France
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Donna Accardo, Department of English & Prof. Denis Pra, Department of Modern Languages


– Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 –
5:00 – 7:30 pm: Lost Illusions
Story of the rise and the fall of a young man in Paris who dreamed to be a writer and became a journalist.
Directed by Xavier Giannoli
Drama and Romance, 2021, 150 mins., France and Belgium
Followed by a Q& A with Prof. Yeprem Davoodian & Prof. Jennifer Rosenberg,
Department of Communication

**4:00 – 5:00 pm: Closing Reception (Pascal Pâtisserie & Café) with French Songs by Guys and Doll featuring Dominique Merrill 


– Multicultural Day: Thursday, April 20, 2023 –
2:30 – 4:30 pm: Gagarine
Yuri fights to save his hometown – which he shares with his namesake, Yuri Gagarin – from

Directed by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh
Drama and Fantasy, 2021, 95 mins., France
Followed by a Q&A with Prof. Patricio Gallegos, Department of Art and Architecture


For more information: Albertine Cinémathèque Festival at Los Angeles Pierce College


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