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French films with English subtitles to watch in April 2022

Paris-based cinema club 'Lost in Frenchlation' is back with more screenings of French films with English subtitles in April. Here's what's coming up.

Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club in Paris that screens French films with English subtitles.
Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club in Paris that screens French films with English subtitles. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club that offers English speakers who may not be fluent in French the chance to enjoy French films, by screening new releases with English subtitles to help viewers follow the story.

It has a jam-packed agenda in April, with five screenings planned throughout the month. 

There are currently no Covid rules that require you to show proof of vaccination, wear a mask or refrain from munching popcorn at the cinema. 

Friday, April 1st

La Brigade is a touching comedy about a French chef whose life is turned upside down when she begins working at the cantine of a shelter for young migrants. 

It is directed by Louis-Julien Petit, who is famous for making Les Invisibles in 2018 and for working on big American movies like Inception and Inglourious Basterds.  

The evening will begin with drinks at the cinema bar (Club de L’Étoile, 14 Rue Troyon, 75017) at 7pm. The film will be screened at 8pm, with the director taking part in a Q&A afterwards. 

Tickets are available for €8.50 or €7 for students and other concessionaires. 

Thursday, April 7th

Ils sont vivants is a not-so-typical love story, based on the real-life romance between a far-right French widow and an Iranian refugee. This warm tale is testament to the fact that love conquers all. 

“For his first long métrage film, the sensual camera of Jérémie Elkaïm [the director] gives the feeling of an awakening of feelings and bodys. Ils sont vivants escapes the pitfalls of depression and Manichaeism,” wrote a film critic with La Croix

Elle Magazine described it as a “carnal drama”. 

If that sounds like your thing, then you can book tickets here. The full price is €10 with a discount rate of €8 for students and all other concessionaires. 

The evening begins at the with 7pm drinks at the cinema bar of the Luminor, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004. 

The screening will begin at 8pm, followed by a Q&A with the director. 

Friday, April 15th

Entre les vagues tells the tale of two best friends trying to make it as actors. 

Critics lauded the energy, emotion and natural-feel to this film by director Anaïs Volpé. 

The film will be shown at L’Entrepôt, 7 Rue Francis de Pressensé, 75014 at 8pm, with drinks at the cinema bar from 7pm. 

Volpé will answer questions at a Q&A afterwards. 

Tickets €8.50 full price and €7 for students and all other concessionaires. You can buy them here.  

Below is a scene from the film with English subtitles. You can watch the original French trailer here

Friday, April 22nd

Notre-Dame Brule tells the gripping story of the fire that ripped through France’s most famous cathedral in 2019, through the perspective of Paris’ firemen. 

The hard-hitting narrative makes tense viewing, even if we already know what is going to happen. 

The film was seamlessly spliced together with real-life footage of the fire and reconstructed scenes in other French cathedrals. 

20 Minutes described this film by director Jean-Jacques Annaud as an “ode to the soldiers of the fire”. 

The screening will take place at the Arlequin cinema in the 6th arrondissement. Keep an eye on the Lost In Frenchlation website for further details. 

Friday, April 29th 

En Corps is a film about a renowned ballet dancer who badly injures herself at the age of 26 and fears she may never perform again. 

The story follows her efforts to get her life back on track. 

The screening will take place at the Club de L’Étoile (14 Rue Troyon, 75017). 

For more information on this event, be sure to check the Lost In Frenchlation website at a later date. 

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Former Louvre museum director charged in art trafficking case

The former president of the Louvre museum in Paris has been charged with conspiring to hide the origin of Egyptian archaeological treasures that investigators suspect were spirited out of the country during the Arab Spring uprisings, a French judicial source said Thursday.

Former Louvre museum director charged in art trafficking case

Jean-Luc Martinez was charged Wednesday after being taken in for questioning along with two French specialists in Egyptian art, who were not charged, another source close to the inquiry told AFP.

The Louvre, which is owned by the French state, is the world’s most visited museum with around 10 million visitors a year before the Covid-19 pandemic and is home to some of Western civilization’s most celebrated cultural heritage.

The museum declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

French investigators opened the case in July 2018, two years after the Louvre’s branch in Abu Dhabi bought a rare pink granite stele depicting the pharaoh Tutankhamun and four other historic works for eight million euros ($8.5 million).

Martinez, who ran the Paris Louvre from 2013 to 2021, is accused of turning a blind eye to fake certificates of origin for the pieces, a fraud thought to involve several other art experts, according to French investigative weekly Canard Enchaine.

He has been charged with complicity in fraud and “concealing the origin of criminally obtained works by false endorsement,” according to the judicial source.

Martinez is currently the French foreign ministry’s ambassador in charge of international cooperation on cultural heritage, which focuses in particular on fighting art trafficking.

“Jean-Luc Martinez contests in the strongest way his indictment in this case,” his lawyers told AFP in a statement.

Arab Spring looting

“For now, he will reserve his declarations for the judiciary, and has no doubt that his good faith will be established,” they said.

French investigators suspect that hundreds of artefacts were pillaged from Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries during protests in the early 2010s that became known as the Arab Spring.

They suspect the artefacts were then sold to galleries and museums that did not ask too many questions about previous ownership.

Martinez’s indictment comes after the German-Lebanese gallery owner who brokered the sale, Robin Dib, was arrested in Hamburg in March and extradited to Paris for questioning.

Marc Gabolde, a French Egyptologist, was quoted by Canard Enchaine as saying that he informed Louvre officials about suspicions related to the Tutankhamun stele but received no response.

The opening of the inquiry in 2018 roiled the Paris art market, a major hub for antiquities from Middle Eastern civilisations.

In June 2020, prominent Paris archaeology expert Christophe Kunicki and dealer Richard Semper were charged with fraud for false certification of looted works from several countries during the Arab Spring.

They also had a role in certifying another prized Egyptian work, the gilded sarcophagus of the priest Nedjemankh that was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017.

Gabolde said an Egyptian art dealer, Habib Tawadros, was also involved in both suspect deals.

After New York prosecutors determined that the sarcophagus had been stolen during the revolts against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Met said it had been a victim of false statements and fake documentation, and returned the coffin to Egypt.

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