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French Language

What makes the language of French animation at the top? The short films and television episodes in these programs explore a diversity of techniques, from stop motion to rostrum camera, from cutout animation to computer animation, animation all at the high visual level. The messages are both uniquely French, while being universal at the same time. Explore characters, settings, stories, and points of view, from France, Belgium, French-speaking Canada, Africa, and beyond.

Programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators and curriculum aligned with the Common Core. 

Flexible scheduling throughout the day - come to us or let us come to you! For details about year-round screenings at Facets or at your school CLICK HERE . To book your gruop contact the Group Sales Coordinator at fldtrips@facets.org or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

Eleanor's Secret

Eleanor's Secret (Kérity, la Maison des Contes)
Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10)
90-minute program includes media education

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Watch your favorite characters from classic children’s books leap from the pages in this lovingly animated feature! His favorite auntie has left young Nat her beloved library – but he is a struggling reader. Looking to help his family save their fixer-upper, Nat offers up the collection to a disreputable book dealer, only to find that the library is magical.

Having discovered his friends, Alice in Wonderland, the Ogre, and Peter Pan, Nat must find the secret to keeping them alive for others, too. Find out why the love of reading can give your imagination wings!

Featuring the voice of Jeanne Moreau!

Screened in French, with English subtitles.   

Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest (Azur et Asmar) Mature Themes
Grades 5+ (Ages 10+)
115-minute program includes media education

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Azur & Asmar

Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, this exquisitely animated feature film by French master Michel Ocelot, is set in late medieval North Africa. Two boys raised as brothers – blue-eyed, light skinned Azur and brown-eyed, dark-skinned Asmar – are separated as children and later become competitors on a dangerous quest to find and free the imprisoned Djinn Fairy.

In French with English subtitles, this rite-of-passage adventure transcends the familiar story of European/Arabic rivalry to establish a connection between the two cultures, building bridges to inter-racial understanding. As the characters discover their underlying mutual respect, they begin to encourage one another along their parallel journeys. Together they find the courage to overcome all challenges.

Screened in French, with English subtitles.   Also available in English and in French without subtitles.  

Zarafa mature Violence

Zarafa

Animated Feature Film (France)
Directed by: Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie
Ages 9-11 (Grades 4-6)
90-minute program includes media education. 

Inspired by a true story and the beloved French children’s book, Zarafa is an adventure gorgeously animated and beautifully told. Maki, a young African boy, escapes the clutches of an evil slave trader. After outwitting his captors, Maki befriends Hassan, a soldier from Alexandria, and Zarafa, a giraffe from Africa, who help him find his good friend Soula and return to his village in Africa. With the help of old and new techniques, Maki and his friends also attempt to destroy the evil trader and help Zarafa escape from her captivity in a French zoo. The characters in Zarafa perform tremendous acts of courage while crossing Africa and Europe. Together they create a fun and adventurous story that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats!

“Best of Fest” winner, 2012.

Screened in French, with English subtitles.  

The Painting mature Violence
The PaintingAnimated Feature Film (France)
Director: Jean-François Laguionie
Grades 8+ (Ages 14+)

95-minute program includes media education. 

Enjoy a feast for the eyes and the imagination in this feature-length animated film about an imaginary world where characters in paintings come to life. Meet the impeccably painted Alldunns, who live in a majestic palace, and the Halfies, who are shunned by the Alldunns because the Painter has left them incomplete. Meanwhile, the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines, are banished to the cursed forest. Follow the adventures of Claire, a Halfie, and her beloved Ramo, an Alldunn, as they journey to discover what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.

Screened in French, with English subtitles.

Children of the Princess of ClevesMature themes 
Children of the Princess of ClevesDocumentary Feature Film (Germany)
Director: Régis Sauder
Grades 9+ (Ages 14+)

85-minute program includes media education. 

When the teenaged students of Diderot High School in France begin reading The Princess of Cleves in class, the parallels between their own lives and the events of the novel soon become apparent. This compelling documentary interweaves passages from the novel concerning love, fidelity and morality with unusually frank interviews with the students about these issues in their own lives. Featuring students of different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds as they read and study the novel in preparation for the "Bacc" (baccalaureate exam), this film provides insight into the way literature can both imitate and impact student’s lives.

Screened in French with English subtitles.