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Fall Session 2022: French Cinema Class

Explore French culture through the lens of cinema! Students in this class will discuss the themes and artistry of several French films.

Deadline to enroll and submit payment is October 19, 2022.


*AFSA Member – $96

Non-member – $108

*Membership with AFSA must be current/in good standing at time of enrollment. Membership status will be verified, and if lapsed, member will be notified. In order for the discount to be extended, membership must be renewed.

How to Enroll

Step 1: Submit your payment for classes from the drop-down menu to secure your spot

Step 2: Contact Katherine Marquette, our coordinator, to complete your placement exam (new students only). This will help us determine the correct class level for your enrollment. Katherine can be reached through email at




  • Wednesday, October 26th 
  • Wednesday, November 9th 
  • *Tuesday, November 29th 
  • Wednesday, December 7th 


6:45pm to 8:15pm on Zoom 

Program Description

In this course, after watching French language films, we will examine their directors and actors, analyze the themes and language, and learn vocabulary and expressions related to a specific film and to cinema in general.  Each class includes an open discussion in French and English.   

This course provides a deeper understanding and analysis of French films in a relaxed environment on Zoom.  Because the class is virtual, the students are asked to watch the film (in French with English subtitles) before the lesson. Films are available for rent through Amazon streaming services. 

Instructor: Manon Bellet


Wednesday, October 26th  Marguerite, Xavier Giannoli, 2015  

Marguerite is a French/Czech/Belgian 2015 comedy and drama film directed by Xavier Giannoli and written by Giannoli and Marcia Romano, loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Set in the Golden Twenties, the film stars Catherine Frot as a wealthy woman who is an enthusiastic amateur singer and believes, wrongly, that she has a beautiful voice. Winner of Best Actress (Catherine Frot) and nominated for Best Director and Best Film at the Cesar Awards. Winner of the Nazareno Taddei Award and nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. 

“MARGUERITE is a dark delight, a cringe comedy that skirts tragedy throughout, examining delusion, entitlement, denial and the question of whether the truth is essential.”  

Wednesday, November 9th Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Céline Sciamma, 2019 

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly. The film tells the story of an affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait. 

Tuesday, November 29th Barbara, from Mathieu Amalric, 2017  

An actress, Brigitte, is preparing to play famous French songstress, BARBARA in a new film. Brigitte works on her character, studying Barbara’s voice, her songs, gestures and the way she carried herself. Eventually, the character of BARBARA starts to take her over. As things progress, Yves, the director becomes infatuated with her — but does his infatuation lie with Brigitte the actress, or BARBARA? 

Wednesday, December 7th Coco avant Chanel, Anne Fontaine, 2009  

Before rising to the top of Parisian haute couture, Gabrielle Chanel was just a young girl in an orphanage, moonlighting as a cabaret singer. When a liaison with a wealthy heir allows her entrance into French society, she begins to develop her gift for designing while throwing out the restrictive trends that defined women’s fashion at the time. 



The Alliance Française reserves the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment quotas are not meet. Notifications will be sent to those enrolled by email and/or phone call.


Payment must be made in full at time of registration, by credit card (via Paypal), or checks mailed to: Alliance Francaise de San Antonio, PO BOX 790064, San Antonio, TX 78279.


Please take into careful consideration your ability to commit to class schedules before registering/enrolling. In cases of tragedy or unforeseeable events, withdrawal requests are to be submitted in writing to:  

– Withdrawals received 7 days prior to the start date of the course: Students will be refunded full tuition, minus a $25 processing fee. Refunds will be processed to the credit card used for payment or issued in the form of a check if payment was made by check. 

–  Withdrawals received less than 7 days after the start date of the course: Students will be refunded 50% of the tuition paid, minus a $25 processing fee. 

–  Withdrawals received more than 7 days after the start date of the course: No refund will be issued.

– Please note that absence from class does not constitute notice of withdrawal.