Are you a teenager (for real or in your mind) with a rebellious soul afraid of growing up? Or a father desperate to understand his melancholy girl? Or just nostalgic about your first kiss?


Then, the 4th edition of the French film festival “Films on the Beach”, dedicated this year to “French Teen Spirit” is the place to nurture your teenage soul!

Through our traditional Open Air Screenings program at Miami Beach Soundscape held every Tuesday of May at 8.30pm, you will get a sense of French teen spirit from the 60’s to nowadays. Four different French movies, each from a different time, will take you back experiencing social or political challenges at school, feeling the atmosphere of Summer vacation in the Bretagne or in the South of France, or experiencing the French Kiss.

Special screenings will take place on Sundays at Miami Beach Cinematheque and for the first time at O Cinema and Faena Bazaar. A closing reception will take place on May 28 at 7.30 pm at Faena Bazaar.

Where? At Miami Beach Soundscape at New World Center at 8.30pm.
500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.


May 9
2000’s teens: Once in a Lifetime by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (2014) – with Ariane Ascaride and Ahmed Dramé

Based on a true story, the film chronicles the tensions and frustrations of students of different origins and who have long since dropped out of the school system…until a teacher of their suburban High school in Créteil tries to overcome their differences by joining their forces in a collective project on the holocaust. This experience will change their lives.

The young actor and screenwriter Ahmed Dramé visited various schools in South Florida last autumn to meet with students and share his experience about the film.

May 16
1990’s teens: A Summer’s Tale by Eric Rohmer (1996) – with Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon and Aurelia Nolin

Three women. One choice. With whom will Gaspard, the main character spending his vacation in a small Breton seaside resort, Dinard, live a true romance? Waiting for his so-called girlfriend who does not arrive, Gaspard develops a friendship with a cheerful waitress, Margot, who entertains him with long philosophical discussions about life and love, before he starts to have a fling with Solène… As the summer wears on, Gaspard finds himself increasingly torn between these women… and himself.

May 23
1980’s teens: Camille Rewinds by Noméie Lvovsky (2012) – with Noémie Lvovsky, Samir Guesmi, Yolande Moreau
During a New Year’s Eve party, Camille is trying to forget her current divorce from Eric. The excess of alcohol suddenly provokes a collapse…and a magic throw back into the 1980’s. Camille wakes up being a teenager again, living at her parents’ and going to the high school where she met Eric, her future husband. She will do everything not to fall in love with him again and to improve her future.

The film won the SACD Price at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Moreau received the Magritte Award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role.

May 30
1960’s teens: Wild Reeds by André Téchiné (1994) – with Elodie Bouchez, Gaël Morel and Stéphane Rideau

In the southwest of France in 1962, during events in Algeria, the young François is spending his time talking about movies and literature with his best friend, Maïté, whose mother Mme Alvarez is François’s French teacher. François develops a deep attraction for another boy, Serge, who had only acted out of curiosity and seems interested in Maïté… An Algerian-born French exile, Henri, enrolls in the boys’ boarding school and complicates the situation among the teenagers, adding a political conflict…

Special Screenings on Sundays
May 7 – 1pm

Young & Beautiful by François Ozon (2013) – with Marine Vacth

After a quick holiday romance, Isabelle, a 17-years-old student, takes up a secret life as a call girl. When meeting her clients in hotels, she remains strangely aloof, and doesn’t seem to be interested neither in the money she makes nor the men she encounters. What is she looking for? A powerful and provocative film in which Ozon deals with the complexity of a young girl’s struggle of becoming a woman.

Where? O Cinema Miami Beach

500 71st street, Miami Beach, FL 33141
May 21 – 6.20pm

The Trial of Joan of Arc by Robert Bresson (1962)

No one has more teen spirit than Joan of Arc.
This is an underrated and under seen masterpiece from Bresson.
It is a minimalist retelling of the trial based on the actual records, shot in a very different style as Dreyer’s 1928 also-masterpiece. To attract the attention of young people in 1962, Bresson used the hairstyle of the present day for the young actress Florence Delay (who, like Falconetti in Dreyer’s film, barely played another role).

Where? Miami Beach Cinémathèque, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

May 28 – 7.30 pm closing reception, film at 8.30pm

Swagger by Olivier Babinet (2016)

This joyously innovative documentary immerses viewers in the hopes, dreams, and rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France’s suburb housing projects outside Paris. With thrilling flights of fantasy, Swagger offers a refreshing, much-needed counter-perspective on the minority experience in France.

The film is presented by Young French Cinema, a joint program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Unifrance, intended to bring a new generation of French films to art house cinemas.

Where? Faena Bazaar, 3330-3398 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

“Films on the Beach” is presented by the French Embassy Cultural Services and City of Miami Beach Arts in the Parks, in partnership with Miami Beach Cinematheque, O Cinema, Faena Art, with the support of TV5Monde, Miami Dade County, the City of Miami Beach, Unifrance, Institut français, the France Florida Foundation for the Arts, and Barton & Guestier.

Last modified on 12/06/2017

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