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Albertine Cinémathèque Fall Film Series: the French urban peripheries


I have loved living here by Régis Sauder (Shellac Films)

October 31 - November 20


ALBERTINE CINÉMATHÈQUE the educational and grant program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, launches its first virtual Film Series this Fall with films by acclaimed filmmakers Alice Diop, Virgil Vernier and Régis Sauder, bringing to the fore the under represented French urban peripheries and meeting the writings of 2022 Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux. 

Fall 2022 Film Series
Solidarity and Resilience: the representation of the French urban peripheries in French Cinema

This Fall, the Albertine Cinematheque Film Series explores the work of a younger generation of filmmakers such as Villa Albertine residents’ Alice Diop, Virgil Vernier and Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh, whose films follow the inhabitants of French urban peripheries and the unique ways that they draw strength and resilience through solidarity. 

The Film Series will echo and highlight the original idea by acclaimed filmmaker Alice Diop (WeSaint Omer – winner of the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and Best Debut Feature at the 2022 Venice Film Festival as well as France’s entry for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars 2023), with the ambition of creating an ideal film library of the world’s urban peripheries, developed by the Ateliers Médicis and the Centre Pompidou (learn more about their monthly program). This project will seek to interrogate and to amplify the voices of a constellation of works who share the same highly political lineage.

In order to encourage a conversation of these themes on this side of the Atlantic, Albertine Cinémathèque has invited Alice Diop to choose 2 films from her ‘Cinémathèque idéale des Banlieues du Monde’ to go along with her film On Call, for this first Film Series.

READ MORE on how to become an Albertine Cinematheque Member and RSVP to stream the films for free – Membership is free for US higher education faculty


ON CALL (La Permanence) 
by Alice Diop

Documentary | 2016 | 96 min.

From Monday, October 31,2022 | 7pm EST
To Sunday, November 6, 2022 | 11pm EST

Available to stream for free on MUBI
Free for Albertine Cinematheque Members and their students

In this powerful second documentary feature film, acclaimed filmmaker, Alice Diop (WeSaint Omer), chronicles the operations of a refugee medical clinic at the Avicenne Hospital just outside Paris. Migrants file in and out of a refugee medical center in the suburbs of Paris. Their suffering has been intensified by their journeys to France, and by the precarity of their daily lives. Within a single room, a general practitioner, aided by a psychiatrist, tries to repair their bodies and minds.

I HAVE LOVED LIVING HERE (J’ai aimé vivre là) 
by Régis Sauder

Documentary | 2020 | 89 min.
Shellac Films

From Monday, November 7,2022 | 7pm EST
To Sunday, November 13, 2022 | 11pm EST

Available to stream for free on FestivalScope
Free for Albertine Cinematheque Members and their students

With the participation of renowned writer and 2022 Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux

In a new town, somewhere in the suburbs of Paris, intimate stories meet the writings of the famous writer Annie Ernaux : is living in harmony a utopia, or could it be actual and overcome the paradoxes of society to welcome foreigners.

by Virgil Vernier

Fiction | 2014 | 108 min.
Kazak Productions

From Monday, November 14,2022 | 7pm EST
To Sunday, November 20, 2022 | 11pm EST

Available to stream for free on FestivalScope
Free for Albertine Cinematheque Members and their students

“This story takes place in a far distant time, a time of violence.
All throughout Europe, a silent war was spreading.
In a city there lived two sisters…”

To expand on the theme:

Films available to stream for free in class
on the Institut Français (IF Cinema) platform:

Children of the Princess of Cleves (Nous, Princesses de Clèves) by Régis Sauder
En Nous by Régis Sauder
Blue Dog (Chien Bleu) by Fanny Liatard et Jérémy Trouilh (short film)
Ibrahim by Sami Guesmi


Films available to screen on campus for a fee
As part of the Albertine Cinematheque Film Selection

We (Nous)
by Alice Diop (MUBI) 

by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh (Cohen Media Group) 

Gallantes Indies (Les Indes Gallantes)
by Philippe Béziat (Distrib Films US) 

The Monopoly of Violence (Un pays qui se tient sage)
by David Dufresne (Big World Pictures) 

A Tale of Love and Desire (Une histoire d’amour et de désir)
by Leyla Bouzid (Distrib Films US) 

A Dramatic Film (Un Film Dramatique)
By Eric Baudelaire (The Cinema Guild)

Little Girl (Petite Fille)
By Sébastien Lifshitz (Music Box Films)

For more information on how to book the films in the Film Selection please go to the Members Corner page.


Films available to screen on campus for a fee
as part of the Villa Albertine and Unifrance program
Young French Cinema:

‘Horizon’ by Emilie Carpentier
‘Good Mother’ by Hafsia Herzi
‘The Brave’ by Anaïs Volpé
‘Hard Shell, Soft Shell’ by Emma Benetan

For more information and to book a Young French Cinema film, please contact
Adeline Monzier, and
Sandrine Neveux, 

Films available on other platforms:

‘L’Amour Existe’ by Maurice Pialat (available on Criterion Channel)
‘In Vanda’s Room’ by Pedro Costa (available on Criterion Channel)
‘The Lovely Month of May’ by Chris Marker (available on Kanopy and Ovid)
’35 Shots of Rum’ by Claire Denis (available on MUBI and Kanopy)


Find the full Albertine Cinematheque 2022/2023 program here



Valérie Mouroux, Director of Film, TV & New Media, Villa Albertine

Sandrine Neveux, Albertine Cinémathèque Program Officer

Albertine Cinematheque

In partnership with

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. 

Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)

Created in 1946, the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) is a public administrative organization, set up as a separate and financially independent entity which comes under the authority of the French ministry of culture and communication. Its principal missions are : support for the film, broadcast, video, video games, immersive productions and technical industries; promotion of film and television for distribution to all audiences and preservation and development of the film heritage. 


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Fonds Culturel Franco-Americain

Founded in 1996, the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) is a unique partnership between the SACEM (Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music) in France and the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Motion Pictures Association (MPA) & the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) overseas. The FACF is funded by revenue from private copying in France for the purpose of promoting cultural exchange between France and the United States around a common passion for cinematographic and television creation.


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Centre Pompidou

Since 1977, the Centre Pompidou has presented a rich programme at the crossroads between different art forms and audiences. Its iconic building is home to one of the world’s largest modern and contemporary art collections, in addition to exhibitions, symposiums, festivals, shows, projections, and workshops for young audiences, making it an unparalleled cultural institution, deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of Paris and open to the world and to new innovation. 


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Ateliers Médicis

Located in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the Ateliers Médicis endeavors to promote new and diverse artistic voices. Its artistic residencies, open to artists working in any artistic field, support the creation of works conceived in collaboration with French territories and fosters encounters between artists and inhabitants.


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