AFFFF School Screenings



The Alliance Française French Film Festival is pleased to present the School Screening Selection for 2024!

Dear Teachers,
We are thrilled to unveil the School Screening Selection for the 2024 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival! 
Tailored specifically for schools, these screenings invite students to explore the captivating world of French cinema with a carefully curated line-up designed to entertain and enhance language learning.
To further enrich this experience, our Alliance Française teachers have crafted teaching kits for selected films, providing an invaluable resource for classroom discussions.

If you wish to make a booking or need assistance regarding the school screenings, don't hesitate to get in touch with Frederique at

Details on locations and screening schedules will be shared soon. We look forward to sharing these outstanding cinematic works with you!

Director: Eric Barbier
Alexandra Lamy, Yassir Drief, Youssef Hajdi, Pierre Hancisse, Said Bey
Run time: 
1h50 – 110’ mins
Date of Release: 
From Yr 4 (9 to 14 y.o)
Adventure, comedy
 French with English subtitles

Saddle up for the adventure of a lifetime in this exhilarating family film set in the high-stakes world of international camel racing! When Zodi finds and adopts a baby camel, an unlikely bond forms between the young Berber boy and the humped nomadic beast that only grows stronger when Zodi discovers that his new best friend is a champion runner. Together they must face cruel thieves, who want Zodi’s camel for their own nefarious schemes, and cross the vast Sahara Desert to reach the bustling metropolis of Abu Dhabi. Once there, Zodi has the chance to save his village by competing in the world's largest camel race.
Princes of the Desert is a high-spirited film filled with adventure, action and friendship from writer/director Eric Barbier (Promise at Dawn). It stars Yassir Drief as Zodi, an exciting young actor who will make you believe that a boy and a camel can become devoted and loyal companions.
Schools considering the School Screening of Princes of The Desert are advised of the following content:
  • The film contains some mid violent scenes towards animals (the camel gets hit, sound of a gun killing a camel - distressing even if we don’t see it)
  • This film contains coarse words such as "jackass", "moron" and characters argue
  • This film contains a scene of alcohol consumption (beer)
  • This film contains a scene where the camel is forcibly taken away, could be upsetting for some children
A teaching kit will be available.
Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Country: France
Cast: Oulaya Amamra, Lina El Arabi, Niels Arestrup, Zinedine Soualem, Nadia Kaci
Run time: 1h50 - 110' mins
Date of Release: 
Recommended: From Yr 7 (12 to 17 y.o)
Genre: Biopic, Drama
Language: French with English subtitles
Classification: PG
Trailer: Here
Twin teenage sisters with Algerian backgrounds, growing up in poverty on the outskirts of Paris, have dreams of entering the elite world of classical symphonic music. They have everything going against them, and yet this rousing story about two young women struggling against the odds and defying all expectations is based on the true story of renowned conductor Zahia Ziouani and her sister, cellist Fettouma Ziouani. 
Set in 1995, Divertimento tells the remarkable story of how Zahia and Fettouma overcame their lack of privilege and courageously stood up to the chauvinism and other prejudices they faced in order to pursue their passions – striving not only to gain entry to the exclusive Parisian classical music scene, but also to bring the joys of classical music back home with them to the suburbs. 
The Ziouani sisters believed that music should never be exclusive and exists to bring joy and comfort to people of all backgrounds. Their legacy lives on today and this triumphant, feel-good film reveals how it all began.
Schools considering the School Screening of Divertimento are advised of the following content:
  • Divertimento is an inspiring film, filled with the best intentions and a soundtrack full of classic hits.
  • The film contains some images of social persecution and the difficulties faced by young people in inner-city areas.
  • The film does not contain any sexual references, violence, references to alcohol or drugs nor coarse language
  • Viewer discretion is advised.
A teaching kit will be available.

Martin Bourboulon
Country: France
Cast: François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Pio Marmaï, Eva Green, Louis Garrel
Run time: 2h01 - 121' mins
Date of Release: 05/04/2023
Recommended: From Yr 10 (15 to 17 y.o)
Genre: Adventure
Language: French with English subtitles
Classification: M 15+
Trailer: Here

Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling and beloved classic novel, The Three Musketeers, has spawned multiple adaptations since its publication in 1844, but none have approached the scope and spectacle of this wildly entertaining, blockbuster two-film production from director Martin Bourboulon, who assembles an all-star cast for the first French cinematic treatment in over 30 years.
Set in early 17th-century France, the opening instalment D’ARTAGNAN follows a spirited young swordsman, Charles D’Artagnan (François Civil), on his journey from Gascony to Paris to join the King’s elite Musketeers of the Guard. Along the way, he narrowly escapes death whilst heroically saving a woman from being kidnapped. In his efforts to enlist, D’Artagnan manages to offend the sensibilities of three of the most formidable Musketeers in the ranks, Athos (Vincent Cassel), Porthos (Pio Marmaï) and Aramis (Romain Duris)…
But D'Artagnan soon wins them over, and his dedication to help his newfound friends and serve King Louis XIII (Louis Garrel) will lead him not only into the path of the mysterious Milady de Winter (Eva Green) and the Queen's consort Constance (Lyna Khoudri), but into the heart of a conspiracy where the future of the nation itself is at stake.
Schools considering the School Screening of The Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan are advised of the following content:
  • The film contains various verbal and visual sexual references (naked couples in bed, kissing scenes)
  • The film contains various scenes of nudity of both women and men (breasts)
  • The film contains many violent scenes (use of weapons - swords and knives, murders) and some bloody scenes and several corpses.
A teaching kit will be available.

: Stéphane Cazes
Country: France
Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Claudia Tagbo, Maissa Diawara, Malonn Lévana, Louis Durant
Run time: 1h42 – 102’ mins
Date of Release: 08/02/2023
Recommended: From Yr 9 (14 to 17 y.o)
Genre: Comedy
Classification: PG
Trailer: Here

“We’re not Gandhi or Greta sir.”
“How do you know?”
Disengaged, apathetic and despondent. Nobody expects much from the SEGPA students at a high school in Chamonix. (SEGPA is a special-education stream for teenagers with significant academic difficulties.) Little do the students know that their school year is about to take an unexpected turn. 
Alain, a former mountain guide turned teacher, decides to risk everything for a chance at inspiration and leads an audacious day trip into the heart of a colossal glacier beneath the towering Mont Blanc. Not only are the kids awe-struck by the glacier’s majesty, but they are inspired to embark on a mission to save it from the imminent threat of melting. With this new purpose and against everyone’s advice, they and their teacher will do anything in their power to make the impossible happen. 
The Snow Must Go On is a joyous coming-of-age film about finding meaning in life at any age. Combining breathtaking visuals that are best experienced on the big screen and with a winning blend of humour and heart, this is an inspirational film about the next generation standing up to preserve the natural world - no matter how impossible the odds, how fierce the opposition, or how outlandish the plan. 
Schools considering the School Screening of The Snow Must Go On are advised of the following content:
  • This film contains coarse words such as "balls", " fuck", "shit" and "asshole".        
  • The film tackles the theme of ecology and teenage rebellion through sometimes-illegal acts, and we experience several moments of verbal or physical harassment linked to the characters’ class level. Some other students refer to them as slow, incompetent or fragile.        
  • The film contains scenes with mild violence, such as a girl getting angry and pushing a classmate.
A teaching kit will be available.

Director: Ramzi Ben Sliman
Country: France
Cast: Oumy Bruni Garrel, Maïwenn, Aïssa Maïga, Cédric Kahn, Steve Tientcheu
Run time: 1H37 – 97’mins
Date of Release: 25/01/2023
Recommended: From Yr 5 (10 to 14 y.o)
Genre: Drama
Classification: M
Trailer: Here

This rousing, family-friendly film is for anyone who ever refused to compromise on a dream and stood up to the people who told them “no”. Set in one of France’s most elite and prestigious cultural institutions – École de danse de l'Opéra national de Paris (the Paris Opera Ballet School) – 12-year-old ballet dancer Neneh discovers that her extraordinary natural talent and focused discipline will not be enough to win the approval of the school’s harsh and discriminatory headmistress. Not only is Neneh from a socially disadvantaged background, she is also black in a world long dominated by white dancers. 
Newcomer Oumy Bruni Garrel is a revelation as Neneh, portraying the young ballerina with dignity and poignancy. The cast also includes Maïwenn (Polisse) as the school’s headmistress, a legendary dancer in her own right, who nurtures and pushes Neneh to achieve her full potential. Neneh Superstar is a timely reminder that prejudice remains a significant barrier for so many people, while still being a glorious celebration of talent and perseverance. 
Neneh Superstar isn’t just a cinematic triumph; it’s a work of art that pushes boundaries and dismantles preconceptions.” – Dance Life Australia
Schools considering the School Screening of Neneh Superstar are advised of the following content:
  • The film contains infrequent use of coarse language:  "shit", "fuck", "fucking", "bitch", and "pain-in-the-ass".
  • The film deals with the theme of racism by referring to students' skin tone, as well as body shaming.
  • The film contains some mild violent scenes: teacher slapping a student and gripping her arm.
  • The film contains a short scene showing the end of a small operation on a character's cheek (a stitch).

A teaching kit will be available.

The following films will not be part of the School Screenings however they can be seen as part of the festival.

Director: Anna Novion
Country: France, Suisse
Cast: Ella Rumpf, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Clotilde Courau, Idir Azougli, Julien Frison
Run time: 1H53 – 113’mins
Date of Release: 01/11/2023
Recommended: From Yr 10 (15 to 17 y.o)
Genre: Drama
Classification: M 15+
Trailer: Here

Direct from the 2023 Cannes Film Festival comes a story of obsession, genius and self-discovery set in the world of elite academia at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Rising star Ella Rumpf (Raw) plays Marguerite, a brilliant young mathematician who does not let the fact that she is the only woman in her class get in the way of her pursuit of excellence. However, her world comes tumbling down around her when a new student finds a flaw in her thesis and her supervisor drops her for being too emotional. Having devoted her life to mathematics, Marguerite now lives in the real world, and in doing so discovers fresh insights, a new lease on life, and even the possibility of romance.  
This crowd pleasing and life-affirming film is an unexpectedly joyous journey of personal realisation. Rumpf’s tender and warm-hearted performance shines through the film’s major themes: how to balance the rational with the emotional, and how to give equal weight to the ambitions that drive us and the human connections that we cannot live without.
Schools considering the School Screening of Marguerite’s Theorem are advised of the following content:      
  • The film includes occasional swearing with phrases such as "I don’t give a shit," "I’m in shit," "Don’t bitch out on me," and "idiot." There are also instances where characters express anger or frustration using strong language        
  • Characters are depicted drinking alcohol in a club setting. In one scene, a character throws a glass of beer at another individual, which may be seen as an act of aggression.        
  • There is a sex scene in the movie where the bare torso of a man is visible. Although there is no full nudity, the scene is intimate and may not be suitable for younger viewers.        
  • A character is shown engaging in illegal gambling, specifically playing mahjong for money, in an attempt to pay her rent. This behavior is not condoned and could lead to discussions about the consequences of illegal activities.
Educators are advised to preview the film before arranging a screening for students to ensure that it aligns with their educational objectives and community standards. These content warnings are provided to assist in making an informed decision regarding the film's appropriateness for a school audience.

NINA ET LE SECRET DU HERISSON Director: Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
Country: France, Luxembourg
Cast: Loan Longchamp, Audrey Tautou, Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Bats, Keanu Peyran
Run time: 1h19 - 79' mins
Date of Release: 11/10/2023
Recommended: From Yr 1 (6 - 11 y.o)
Genre: Animated
Classification: PG
Trailer: Here

From Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the Academy Award-nominated directors of A Cat In Paris, NINA AND THE SECRET OF THE HEDGEHOG is an exquisite and enchanting new animated feature, featuring the voice talents of beloved French cinema icons Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet, reunited after 16 years since audience favourite Hunting & Gathering. 
10-year-old Nina has always filled her imagination with her dad’s diverting tales about hedgehogs. But when he loses his job, Nina starts to worry about the future of her family. After hearing rumours of a treasure hidden by the old factory’s boss, Nina and her best friend Mehdi decide to organise a risky search, with the swag to be shared between her father and his fellow co-workers. Thus, an incredible adventure begins...
Schools considering the School Screening of Nina and the Secret of the Hedgehog are advised of the following content:
  • The film contains a scene with an aggressive and potentially scary dog

: Guillaume Maidatchevsky
Country: France, Canada, Italy
Cast: Virginie Efira, Guillaume Maidatchevsky, Michaël Souhaité
Run time: 1H15 – 95’ mins
Date of Release: 27/12/2023
Recommended: From Yr 1 (6 to 11 y.o)
Genre: Animated
Classification: PG
Trailer: Here

Two brave little Arctic foxes experience the journey of a lifetime in this breathtaking tale of survival, courage and friendship that will captivate the whole family. From filmmaker Guillaume Maidatchevsky – whose previous film Ailo’s Journey, about a reindeer fawn, delighted audiences all over the world – comes a new epic adventure set in the vast, icy Arctic wilderness. 
Kina and Yuk are about to become parents but their home is changing around them. When the melting polar ice separates the pair, it becomes a race against time for them to reunite before their cubs are born. Determined to find each other, they explore unknown terrain and make new friends who help them face the dangers that stand in their way. Cuddly, cute and curious, Kina and Yuk will capture your heart and bring you hope as they defy the odds with their love and dedication.
Schools considering the School Screening of Kina & Yuk are advised of the following content:
  • The film contains a stressful scene with a scary and aggressive wolf pack          
  • The film contains scenes with natural disasters like a snow avalanche and the melting of the ice floe

We invite you to visit the 2024 Festival website from 7 February, to discover the complete line-up.
Bookings are also available for general sessions