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TV5MONDE Program Highlights - June 2021

Image: "Deux Fils" by Felix Moati

This month, immerse yourself in French culture with the TV5MONDE programming. In addition to offering premium films, the program includes several heartwarming comedies, a chance to discover new series, fun-filled variety shows, and engaging documentaries. 


FILMS

Deux fils—June 6 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Between a father who traded his career as a doctor to be a struggling writer and a brother entangled in endless heartache, Ivan, an atypical middle schooler, is upset. In full crisis mode, the teen is having a hard time watching his two role models crash and burn.

Director: Félix Moati (France 2018)
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Benoît Poelvoorde, Mathieu Capella, Anaïs Demoustier

Première année—June 13 at 8:35 pm ET/5:35 pm PT

First year of medical school. Antoine is trying his luck for the third time whilst Benjamin has just left high school. In an environment that is violently competitive, the two students will have to work relentlessly and find the perfect balance between the challenges of today and hopes of tomorrow.

Director: Thomas Lilti (France 2017)
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil, Michel Lerousseau

Djam—June 20 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Sent to Istanbul by her uncle to buy a rare ship piece, Djam, a young Greek woman, meets Avril, a 19-year-old French woman. Alone and without money, Avril came to Turkey to volunteer with the refugees. Djam decides to take April under her wing.

Director: Tony Gatlif (France, Greece, Turkey 2017)

Cast: Daphné Patakia, Maryne Cayon, Simon Abkarian

Premières vacances—June 27 at 8:35 pm ET/5:35 pm PT

Despite having only just met, Ben and Marion decide to head off on holiday together! Their destination: Bulgaria, half-way between Beirut and Biarritz, their original destinations. But they rapidly discover that each has a very different idea of what makes the ideal holiday.

Director: Patrick Cassir (France 2018)
Cast: Camille Chamoux, Jonathan Cohen, Camille Cottin, Jérémie Elkaïm


TV series/TV films

Si tu vois ma mère—June 4 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

About to move to Japan, Monique dies suddenly from a heart attack. Shortly afterward she reappears to her son Max, dressed in a kimono. Surprised but happy, he decides to make the most of this ghostly mother. But when he falls in love, the all-pervasive Monique refuses to make way.

Director: Nathanaël Guedj (France 2019)
Cast: Félix Moati, Noémie Lvovsky, Sara Giraudeau, Gilles Cohen, Géraldine Martineau

Black and White—June 6 at 11:05 pm ET/8:05 pm PT

1927. Jean Mermoz lands in Dakar, a veritable boomtown. The event is covered by Fari, a 20-year-old Senegalese journalist, the only woman in the ''Jour du Dakar'' editorial team. In love with Alain de Bourbon, officer with the Senegalese Tirailleurs, their relationship scandalizes the colony.

Director: Moussa Sène Absa (France 2019)
Cast: Marème N'Diaye, Olivier Chantreau, Isabelle Gélinas, Laurent Grévill, Dominique Labourier, Aurélien Wiik, Zéka Laplaine

Melody, la victoire en chanson—June 10 at 1:30 am ET/10:30 pm PT

With her father having recently died, Gina is hesitating to sell the performing arts school, Melody, to Hussen Fadoul, despite the fact that he is offering her a very good price... When the star, Meiway, films a video clip at Melody, Gina is finally persuaded not to abandon her father's project.

Director: Alain Guikou (Ivory Coast, France 2020)
Cast: Andrea Gouré, Hicham Meroueh, Gabriel Zahon, Serge Grah

T'en fais pas, j'suis là—June 11 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Jonathan Rivière, a leading barrister, is father to a 12-year-old autistic boy, Gabriel. Since the child's birth he had left his education to Gabriel's mother Sophie, who was content to simply cash the cheques. But when Sophie suffers a ruptured aneurysm, Jonathan is abruptly parachuted into Gabriel's life.

Director: Pierre Isoard (France 2020)
Cast: Samuel Le Bihan, Lizzie Brocheré, Roman Villedieu, Sharif Andoura, Annette Lowcay

Le diable au cœur—June 18 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Catherine Borowiak, director of a parole agency, develops a devastating passion for 20- year-old Hugo, recently released from prison and for whom she's the case manager. Aware of the threat he represents, she's ready to take every risk to protect her family from this dangerous and manipulative young man.

Director: Christian Faure (France 2019)
Cast: Zabou Breitman, Yvon Back, Maxence Danet-Fauvel, Félix Lefebvre, Lula Cotton-Frapier, Élise Tielrooy

Vulnérables—June 25 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Elsa is an educator, responsible for assessing unaccompanied foreign minors. A role she takes to heart. When Bijan, a 12-year-old Afghan, arrives at the center she's so profoundly moved by his approach to her that she decides to take him in, even if it means risking job and family.

Director: Arnaud Sélignac (France 2019)
Cast: Léa Drucker, Romane Bohringer, Thierry Godard, Noom Diawara, Ilyès Lihiouel


DOCUMENTARIES

Dans la tête de Jamel Debbouze—June 2 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

2017, in the midst of preparing a new show, we share the ups and downs of the creative process, from the first improvisations to writing those final lines, without forgetting the physical training and the tour itself. Portrait of Jamel Debbouze, a humorist filled with self- doubt and tireless worker.

Director: Jean-Thomas Ceccaldi (France 2018)

 

Pornotropic, Marguerite Duras et l'illusion colonial—June 7 at 3:00 pm ET/12:00 pm PT

1950. Marguerite Duras published ''The Sea Wall'' and came close to winning the Prix Goncourt. But, as France faced its first military defeats in Indochina, how could they reward someone for writing a story of colonial disillusion? A damming indictment, her work continues to resonate in today's postcolonial debate.

Director: Valérie Urréa, Nathalie Masduraud (France 2020)

 

Secrets d'histoire–Toussaint Louverture : la liberté à tout prix—June 9 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

Stéphane Bern invites us on a journey across land and sea, from the heights of the Jura to the shores of the Caribbean, to discover the exceptional but little-known destiny of a great emancipator: Toussaint Louverture.

Host: Stéphane Bern (France 2021)

 

Polynésie, d'îles en îles—June 13 at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT

Polynesia, the word itself has the ring of a gentle invitation, immediately bringing to mind the myth of an Earthly paradise. But behind the clichés lie an authentic lifestyle, a people, a culture, innumerable scents and flavours... A Pacific voyage to explore the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago.

Director: Éric Bacos (France 2021)

 

Marcel Rochas, L'homme qui aimait les femmes—June 14 at 3:05 pm ET/12:05 pm PT

From the end of the 1940s, Rochas was an iconic brand. After losing its prestige following its acquisition by various big companies, it is currently making a comeback. How will this institution in the world of fashion and perfume find its place now that the codes have changed?

Director: Sonia Medina (France 2020)

 

Le doc stupéfiant : Saint-Germain-des-Prés, paradis perdu—June 15 at 1:35 am ET/10:35 pm PT

Renowned as a focus for cultural and intellectual life in post-war Paris, Saint-Germain-des- Prés became the center of the literary world thanks to Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Juliette Gréco and Boris Vian. A district that's also home to jazz clubs and literary cafés. But what is lifelike there today?

Director: Élise Le Bivic, Guillaume Auda (France 2020)

 

La Corse, belle et méditerranéenne—June 20 at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT

Corsica, fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, remains an unspoiled authentic land. Travelling the 1,000 kilometers of its coastline offers a journey rich in emotion in the midst of breathtaking scenery. From Ajaccio to Bastia, Bonifacio to Calvi, we meet some of islanders continuing to uphold regional traditions and culture.

Director: Franck Decluzet (France 2019)

 

Claude Ponti, un art de l’enfance—June 21 at 3:05 pm ET/12:05 pm PT

The work is well-known, the man much less so. Claude Ponti, author-illustrator with unbridled inventiveness, has shaken-up children's literature. The film presents him as a spectator of his own graphic creations, establishing a dialogue between voice and images. We discover a work filled with humanity, behind its sometimes-ferocious humor.

Director: Thierry Kübler (France 2019)


ENTERTAINMENT

Allez viens, je t’emmène... dans les années 60—June 19 at 11:15 pm ET/8:15 pm PT

Laury Thilleman visits the 1960s with a show about transmission, laughter and music. Be immersed in the years of freedom, recklessness and celebration as singers, humorists, dancers, and musicians present small sketches about that period.

Presenter: Laury Thilleman (France 2020)

Guests: Thomas Dutronc, Salvatore Adamo, Marc Lavoine, Nicoletta, Jean-Baptiste Guégan, Élodie Frégé, Fanny Leeb, Olivier de Benoist, Antoine, Alliel, Jean-Jacques Debout, Chantal Goya


TV5MONDE CINEMA

This June, enjoy a selection of compelling documentaries on TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand! Discover Charles Aznavour as never seen before in Le Regard de Charles, an autobiographical documentary told through personal film archives, and get a behind the scenes look at the daily lives of some of the world's top soccer players on the Olympique Lyonnais women's team with Les joueuses #paslàpourdanser.

Pierre Richard, l’art du déséquilibre—available beginning June 4 (English ST)

Through film excerpts, archival documents and testimonies, discover the originality of the writer and actor Pierre Richard, whose unique combination of gestures and dialogue made him a comedic icon.

Director: Jérémie Imbert, Yann Marchet (2005)

Maguy Marin, l’Urgence d’agir —available beginning June 4

Maguy Marin, one of the most prominent choreographers of our time, unveiled her flagship show, May B, thirty-seven years ago and shattered every expectation of what dance was believed to be.

Director: David Mambouch (2018)

 

Belinda—available beginning June 4

The film offers an intimate portrait of a troubled young girl, Belinda, from her difficult childhood to her first steps into adulthood as she grapples with a life that is not what she expected.

Director: Maire Dumora (2017)

 

12 jours—available beginning June 11 

Filmmaker Raymond Depardo captures the extraordinary interactions between patients placed under involuntary psychiatric holds and the judges responsible for determining if they’ll remain in care or be granted freedom.

Director: Raymond Depardon (2017)

Les Bois dont les rêves sont faits—available beginning June 11 

At three times the size of Central Park in New York, the Bois de Vincennes is a refuge for people from all walks of life who want to escape the city to reconnect, heal and play in nature.

Director: Claire Simon (2015)

 

Oh les filles !—available beginning June 18

This groundbreaking documentary combines interviews and iconic footage to recount the untold history of French female rock stars like Edith Piaf, Vanessa Paradis, Charlotte Gainsbourg and more.

Director: François Armanet (2019)

 

Le regard de Charles—available beginning June 18

With a camera gifted to him by Édith Piaf, Charles Aznavour filmed key moments from his life and, with the help of director Marc di Domenico, tells his story through decades of his private video diaries.

Director: Marc di Domenico (2019)

Le feu sacré—available beginning June 18

In Northern France, the Ascoval steel plant is on the verge of closing. With their livelihoods at stake, the 300 employees rely on their union and tenacity to search for a new buyer before the year is up.

Director: Éric Guéret (2019)

 

Traviata et nous—available beginning June 25

•From the initial rehearsals to opening night, a film crew offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Jean-François Sivadier’s production of the famous opera, La Traviata.

Director: Philippe Béziat (2011)

 

Les joueuses #paslàpourdanser—available beginning June 25 (English ST)

The Olympique Lyonnais women’s soccer team has established themselves as one of the best in the world and now, for the first time ever, viewers are offered a glimpse into the daily lives of these exceptional players.

Director: Stéphanie Gillard (2020)


All movies are in French with English subtitles.

Click here to see the full schedule! 

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TV5MONDE is a global French language entertainment network that showcases premium films and programs from across the world. With more than 1.5 million viewers nationwide in the USA, TV5MONDE is a renowned leader in French language entertainment. 

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