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FIAF Virtual Cinésalon Series - À la plage: French Cinema by the Seaside

Image: "An Easy Girl" by Rebecca Zlotowski

Decamping for summer vacation is a quintessential part of French life. FIAF CinéSalon invites you to join in this annual ritual through a selection of films that depict languid days at the French seaside.

The seaside is a place to reset, unwind, and forget your worries. In the summer it is also a place where anything can happen—where one-night stands can lead to budding romances, and hope to deception. From Brittany to the Côte d’Azur, from the Belgian border to the Western Atlantic coast, these films will transport you to shores across France, where tourists and locals mingle, and where love and (mis)adventure rule.

Upcoming Screenings

A Tale of Summer

In Person: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 7pm - Online: Tuesday, July 6–Monday, July 12, 2021

Dir. Eric Rohmer, 1996, 113 min. DCP
With Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon
In French with English subtitles

This film follows amateur musician Gaspard to a picturesque seaside resort on the coast of Brittany. There, three women each offer the possibility of romance—yet Gaspard’s inability to commit to just one places all of his chances at love in jeopardy.

A World Without Women

In Person: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7pm - Online: Tuesday, July 13–Monday, July 19, 2021

Dir. Guillaume Brac, 2012, 56 min. DCP
With Vincent Macaigne, Laure Calamy, Constance Rousseau
In French with English subtitles

The coast of Picardy, August: The normally solitary Sylvain gets acquainted with two attractive young women on a beach vacation, quickly making himself indispensable to his new friends. Yet things get complicated when a local womanizer gets involved, and as Sylvain considers his feelings.

An Easy Girl

In Person: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 7pm - Online: Tuesday, July 20–Monday, July 26, 2021

Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski, 2019, 92 min. DCP
With Mina Farid, Zahia Dehar, Benoît Magimel, Clotilde Courau
In French, English and Italian with English subtitles

Naïma has turned 16 just in time to spend the summer with her free-spirited older cousin Sofia. The pair seek out unforgettable encounters during a long summer that will mark them forever. The sun-drenched French Riviera provides the setting for Rebecca Zlotowski’s playful, intimate, and intense coming-of-age story.


Online: Tuesday, July 27–Monday, August 2, 2021

Dir. Léa Mysius, 2017, 105 min.
With Noée Abita, Juan Cano, Laure Calamy
In French and Spanish with English subtitles

The 13-year-old Ava learns that she will lose her sight earlier than predicted while on a seaside vacation with her mother. Ava decides to spend the summer months living life to the fullest—a season rendered in director Léa Mysius’s thrilling and surreal mise-en-scène.

Summer of 85

In Person: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7pm

Dir. François Ozon, 2020, 100 min. DCP
With Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melville Poupaud
In French with English subtitles

When Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss. The two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema—until their relationship gets quickly rocked by a host of challenges.

More information here.

CinéSalon is supported by BNP Paribas and Sofitel. CinéSalon is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez, FIAF Film Curator