Our Picks From The French May Cinema Programme 2023

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This year's French May cinema program, we have nine films dedicated to the topics of women empowerment! Come take a look at our top picks and savour our two enchanting new releases and seven mesmerising classics of French cinema.

  1. The Nannies (Les Femmes du square)
  2. Two tickets to Greece (Les Cyclades)
  3. The Swallows of Kabul (Les Hirondelles de Kaboul)
  4. Woman
  5. Papicha

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The Nannies (Les Femmes du square)

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Angèle, a young woman from Côte d'Ivoire, has always managed to get by thanks to her wit and nerve. To avoid revenge from a gang of thugs, she manages to get hired as a nanny for Arthur, an 8-year-old boy from the upper class. When she discovers the working conditions of the other nannies and how they live in poverty, Angèle decides to take matters into her own hands. Under Arthur's admiring eye and with the help of Édouard, a young lawyer who soon falls under her spell, Angèle fights for justice...

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Two tickets to Greece (Les Cyclades)

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Recently divorced, Blandine is struggling to get back to her life. Her former best friend Magalie, loud and fearless, resurfaces and imposes herself on a trip they’ve always dreamed of as teenagers: Amorgos, the amazing location where The Big Blue was shot. When they reach their destination, they realize the dreamy holidays don’t go as they had planned since they have now a very different approach to holidays... and to life!

The Swallows of Kabul (Les Hirondelles de Kaboul)

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Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.


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Women is a worldwide project giving a voice to 2,000 women across 50 different countries. Despite its very large scale, the film offers an intimate portrait of those who constitute half of humanity. It is an opportunity to shed light on the injustices women are subjected to all over the world, but what Women would like to underline most is the inner strength of women and their capacity to change the world despite all the difficulties they are facing. Through the film, you will discover the voices of women as you have never heard them before.


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Algeria, the 1990s. Nedjma, an 18-year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting up a fashion show.

Best First Feature & Most Promising Actress: Lyna Khoudri – Cesar Awards, French Film Industry Awards, 2020

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