December is a great month to cuddle up with a loved one (or cat / dog) for a good film. TV5MONDE has a great selection of films for the whole family this month, click for more info...
Enjoy actors like Brigitte Bardot and Sandrine Kiberlain (2x) and directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and André Téchiné. Many of these films are either nominated for or won the most important French film prize; the César.
On TV5MONDE you can always enjoy films on Thursdays and Sundays at 8pm (GMT London)
Lots of viewing pleasure for the whole family
See a selection of films below - all times are GMT London.
Le Mépris / Contempt (English ST) Sunday, December 4th at 8pm
(Repeat: December 12th at 10:50pm)
Paul Javal, scriptwriter, and his young wife Camille seem together to have found the perfect love. A seemingly insignificant incident with a charming producer, however, ensures that the young woman suddenly takes away from her husband.
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1963)
Cast: Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal), Michel Piccoli (Paul Javal), Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang), Jack Palance (Jeremy Prokosch), Giorgia Moll (Francesca Vanini), Jean-Luc Godard (l'assistant Fritz Lang)
Sun 11th Dec at 8pm (Repeat: December 19th at 10:50pm)
Director: André Téchiné (France, 1993)
Cast: Elodie Bouchez (Maïté), Gaël Morel (François), Stéphane Rideau (Serge)
Awards: Official Competition (Cannes 1994), four Césars in 1995 (Best Film, Best Director, Most Promising Actress, Best screenplay), Prix Louis Delluc in 1994
Chouchou (English ST) Sun 18th Dec at 8pm
Chouchou, a young North African who comes looking for his cousin in Paris. It is housed by Father Leon, works at a psychoanalyst and discovers that his cousin as a transvestite working in a cabaret. Chouchou decided to imitate him and waitress. Then he falls for the charms of Stanislas ...
Directed by: Merzak Allouache (France, 2002)
Cast: Gad Elmaleh (Chouchou), Alain Chabat (Stanislas), Roschdy Zem (Jean), Claude Brasseur (Léon), Catherine Frot (Nicole Milovavich)
Award: Nomination Césars 2004 Best Actor (Gad Elmaleh)
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Pauline follows her sister to a luxurious hotel on the Italian riviera. Instead of indulging in the pleasures of lounging around, Pauline convinces herself that a crime has been commited in the hotel and starts playing at being detective, helped by a seductive lifeguard.
Directed by: Marc Fitoussi (France, 2011)
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain (Pauline), Audrey Lamy (Jeanne), Claudio Santamaria (Simone), Antoine Chappey (Wilfried), Anne Benoit (Maryvonne), Sabrina Impacciatore (Giovanna), Michèle Moretti (Miss Blanchot), Wladimir Yordanoff (Mr Dominique)
Beaumarchais, l'insolent / Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (English ST) Sunday 25th December at 8pm
(Repeat: 2nd January 2 at 10:50pm)
Businessman, genius inventor, stubborn defender of human rights: the author of the "Barber of Seville" has led many lives. His trial for fraud has been startling. The troublemaker gets to denounce public opinion behind the corruption of parliament. After three years of research, he nevertheless condemned ...
Directed by: Edouard Molinaro (France, 1995)
Cast: Fabrice Luchini (Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais), Manuel Blanc (Gudin), Sandrine Kiberlain (Marie-Thérèse), Jacques Weber (Duke of Chaulnes), Michel Piccoli (Prince of Conti), Jean-François Balmer (Sartine) Claire Nebout (Knight of Eon),
Awards: 3 nominations (Césars 1997)
RTT (English ST) - Sun 29th December at 8pm (Repeat: Sun 1st Jan at 10:50pm)
When Florence tells him she's leaving him to marry another man, Arthur decides to head for Miami where the wedding is to be held. At the airport, his path crosses that of Emilie who puts the valuable painting she has just stolen in his bag...
Directed by: Frédéric Berthe, 2008
Cast: Kad Mérad (Arthur), Mélanie Doutey (Emilie Vergano), Manu Payet (Serkine), Francis Renaud (Leroy), Pierre Laplace (Peyrac), Daniel Duval (Segal), Nathalie Levy-Lang (Florence), Arthur Dupont (Didier)...
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Laurent Delahouse will be interviewing the French President Emmanuel Macron, this Sunday 17th December. The interview will be broadcast in a news report from France 2 and will be shown on TV5MONDE Europe at 7:30pm (UK time GMT).
The 25th French Film Festival UK offers a rich programme of films to enjoy, involving leading independent cinemas around the country from Glasgow and Edinburgh to London, from Inverness to Dundee and Belfast, from Warwick and Leicester to Chichester and Bristol, plus many more places in between watch the crème de la crème of contemporary and classic French-speaking cinema from 2 Nov to 17 Dec 2017. See what's on where here