Albertine Cinémathèque

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The Gravity (La Gravité) by Cédric Ido (Dark Star Pictures)

The Gravity (La Gravité) by Cédric Ido (Dark Star Pictures)

ALBERTINE CINÉMATHÈQUE is an educational and grant program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, with the support of the CNC and Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain. Designed to expand access to French cinema and support film programming at American colleges and universities, Albertine Cinémathèque’s annual film selection engages with the greatest issues of our time, while nurturing an enduring love for this diverse and evolving art form.

The program enters its second season and provides extensive resources to its members including a list of films handpicked by its committee for on campus festivals or events, a grant to support French film festivals on campus, semi-annual virtual film series for in class discussions and many opportunities to bring filmmakers into the conversation with students. 

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NEW! Albertine Cinematheque 2023-2024

Albertine Cinematheque is excited to announce its Film Selection for 2023/2024 showcasing the best of French Cinema in the US! This year's selection includes two films by Villa Albertine residents, Saint Omer by Alice Diop and Rewind & Play by Alain GomisThe Super 8 Years by Annie Ernaux (2022 Literature Nobel Prize winner) & David Ernaux-Briot, as well as The Gravity by emerging filmmaker Cédric Edo. It highlights the dynamism, diversity and high quality of French films and productions, while celebrating at its forefront a young generation of extremely talented filmmakers who masters the art of storytelling whilst confronting the audience with the most pressing issues of our time.

The films have been handpicked by renowned professional programmers and film critics Florence Almozini (Film at Lincoln Center), Delphine Selles-Alvarez (FIAF) and Harris Dew (IFC Center).

Higher education faculty will be able to book those films for their events on campus and apply to the Festival Grant which is now open through June 6 DEADLINE EXTENDED!



  • Casa Susanna by Sébastien Lifshitz (PBS)
  • Casablanca Beats (Haut et Fort) by Nabil Ayouch (Kino Lorber)
  • Colette and Justin (Colette et Justin) by Alain Kassanda (Icarus Films)
  • Corsage by Marie Kreutzer (IFC Films)
  • De Humanis Corporis Fabrica by Verena Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Grasshopper Film)
  • The Gravity (La Gravité) by Cédric Ido (Dark Star Pictures)
  • Hold Me Tight (Serre-moi fort) by Mathieu Amalric (Kino Lorber)
  • The Innocent (L'Innocent) by Louis Garrel (Janus Films)
  • One Fine Morning (Un beau matin) by Mia Hansen-Løve (Sony Pictures)
  • Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (Onoda, 10 000 nuits dans la jungle) by Arthur Harari (Dark Star Pictures)
  • Other People's Children (Les Enfants des Autres) by Rebecca Zlotowski (Music Box Films)
  • Pacifiction by Albert Serra (Grasshopper Film)
  • Return to Seoul (Retour à Séoul) by Davy Chou (Sony Pictures)
  • Revoir Paris by Alice Winocour (Music Box Films)
  • Rewind & Play by Alain Gomis (Grasshopper Film)
  • Saint Omer by Alice Diop (SUPER/Neon)
  • Saturn Bowling (Bowling Saturne) by Patricia Mazuy (Dark Star Pictures)
  • The Super 8 Years (Les Années Super 8) by Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot (Kino Lorber)
  • Winter Boy (Le Lycéen) by Christophe Honoré (MUBI)



  • Chocolat (Chocolat) by Claire Denis (Janus Films)
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie) by Luis Buñuel (Rialto)
  • The Gang of Four (La Bande des quatre) by Jacques Rivette (Cohen Media)
  • A Married Woman (Une femme mariée) by Jean-Luc Godard (Cohen Media)
  • Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) by Patrice Chéreau (Cohen Media)
  • Secret Defense (Secret Défense) by Jacques Rivette (Cohen Media)





Albertine Cinematheque 2022-2023

Film Festivals 2022-2023 

We are delighted to announce our Grantees who will be organizing a French film festival on their campus in 2022-2023 as part of Albertine Cinémathèque. We received many wonderful applications for festivals on campuses and it was again hard to choose between all those very interesting projects. Our Selection Committee has chosen to reward 50 French Film Festivals for their excellent program of events and the large support they will receive across many departments within the organizing university or college. 

Albertine Cinematheque Grantees will be screening at least 6 films from our 2022-2023 Film Selection which includes We by Alice Diop, Gagarine by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh and Happening by Audrey Diwan, as well as classic films including The Antoine Doinel films series by François Truffaut and Mr Klein by Joseph Losey.

Congratulations to our Grantees and thank you to everyone who participated!

Our next call for application for Festivals in the academic year 2023-2024, will open on May 2023 with a new Film Selection which will be announced in early Spring. We would like to encourage all our Members to (re)apply and look forward to reading about your festival projects! 

List of Grantees for 2022-2023:


North Carolina

Appalachian State University, North Carolina

Cape Fear Community College, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Wake Forest University, North Carolina

South Carolina

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Winthrop University, South Carolina


Emory University, Georgia

Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia

University of West Georgia, Georgia


University of Mississippi, Mississippi


University of North Alabama, Alabama


BOSTON Region:


Boston University, Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Bryant University, Rhode Island

Roger Williams University, Rhode Island

Salve Regina University, Rhode Island


Bowdoin College, Maine




Central Michigan University, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University, Michigan

Michigan State University, Michigan


College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Minnesota

Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota

Carleton College, Minnesota


University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Wabash College, Indiana

Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio


Missouri State University/Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts and Letters, Missouri


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin


University of Northern Iowa, Iowa


Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky




American University, DC

Howard University, DC


Hollins University, Virginia

Virginia Military Institute, Virginia


Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania




St. Edward's University, Texas




Los Angeles Pierce College, California

Loyola Marymount University, California

San Diego State University, California

New Mexico

New Mexico State University, New Mexico


University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


MIAMI Region:


University of Tampa, Florida




Xavier University of Louisiana


NEW YORK Region:

New York

Columbia University, New York

Cornell University, New York

University of Rochester, New York


Connecticut College, Connecticut

Trinity College, Connecticut

New Jersey

Rider University, New Jersey




Hawai'i Pacific University, Hawai'i


Film Selection 2022-2023

Contemporary and classic films handpicked by renowned professional programmers and film critics Florence Almozini (Film at Lincoln Center), Delphine Selles-Alvarez (FIAF), Harris Dew (IFC Center) and Nicholas Elliott (Independent Film Critic). These committee picks, available for on-campus film festivals or events, highlight the multiplicity of vision and style that characterizes French cinema today. 

Members can book those films with the distributors for on campus events or festivals.

CONTEMPORARY FILMS released in the US in 2021/2022: 

Ahed's knee (Le genou d'Ahed) by Nadav Lapid (Kino Lorber) 

Aline by Valérie Lemercier (Roadside Attractions) 

Benedetta by Paul Verhoeven (IFC Films) 

Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Løve (IFC Films) 

France by Bruno Dumont (Kino Lorber) 

Gagarine by Fanny Liatard & Jérémy Trouilh (Cohen Media Group) 

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

Happening (L'Evénement) by Audrey Diwan (IFC Films) 

Josep by Aurel (Distrib Films US) 

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds (Lingui, Les liens sacrés) by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (MUBI) 

Lost Illusions (Les Illusions Perdues) by Xavier Giannoli (Music Box Films) 

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

A Night of knowing nothing (Toute une nuit sans savoir) by Payal Kapadia (The Cinema Guild) 

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

The Velvet queen (La Panthère des neiges) by Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier (Oscilloscope Films) 

We (Nous) by Alice Diop (MUBI) 


Last year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad) (1961) by Alain Resnais (Rialto Pictures) 

Mr Klein (Monsieur Klein) (1976) by Joseph Losey (Rialto Pictures) 

The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge) (1970) by Jean-Pierre Melville (Rialto Pictures) 

The Antoine Doinel films by François Truffaut (4 feature films + 1 short) (Janus Films): 

  • 400 Blows (Les 400 coups) (1959) 
  • Stolen Kisses (Baisers Volés) (1968) 
  • Bed and Board (Domicile Conjugal) (1970) 
  • Love on the Run (L'Amour en fuite) (1979) 
  • Antoine and Colette (From the short film collection: L'amour à 20 ans) (1962) 


Film Series 2022-2023

The Film Series present films exploring a different theme each semester, allowing members to build into their curricula and encouraging students to dive deeper into key issues, using films as an inspiring educational tool. Through Albertine Cinémathèque, students also have the opportunity to reflect and exchange with various filmmakers virtually or in-person.

All films will be made available to members and their students on FestivalScope.

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

This Film Series explores the works of a younger generation of filmmakers will echo and highlight the original idea by acclaimed filmmaker Alice Diop (WeSaint Omer – Villa Albertine Resident, 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). 

Spring Film Series: Women’s Voices in French and Francophone Cinema

Albertine Cinémathèque's second edition of the virtual Film Series explores films by acclaimed filmmakers Aïssa Maïga, Bahïa Bencheikh-El-Fegoun (Villa Albertine Resident), Alice Diop (Villa Albertine Resident), Raja Amari and Gessica Généus, who capture issues related to feminism, racial discrimination, identity and climate change in all their social and human complexity.



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

Sandrine Neveux, Albertine Cinémathèque Program Officer

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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-Américain
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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