By Upasana Gupta

“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contributes towards creating it step by step. It is only by constantly analyzing the Festival, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.”

-Thierry Frémaux, Delegate General of the Cannes Film Festival

This year marks the 65th of the glamorous star-studded event, on which Cannes fame worldwide has hinged on- “The Cannes Film Festival”. Popular for its extravagant display of the glitz & glamour, and the scandals & celebrations of the world film industry, it takes place in May in the French Riviera, in the town called Cannes.

Alliance Française is marking it beautifully by showcasing in May, a selection of films which have been awarded in Cannes. {All films are screened with English subtitles}

The Film Calender of Ciné Club May- Festival de Cannes

Friday, the 11th of May, 5.30 & 7.30 pm | COPIE CONFORME / CERTIFIED COPY
Director- Abbas Kiarostami {2010, 106 min}
Juliette Binoche and opera singer-turned-actor William Shimell star in Abbas Kiarostami’s tale of two strangers who pretend to be a married couple
The film adapts this theme of the copy with a beautiful consistency: it is both the connection between life and art and between successive periods of existence. Even this film refers to a model, Journey to Italy, by Rossellini, a film that followed the drift around Naples of a couple of tourists, foreigners in every sense of the word.
The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where Juliette Binoche won the Best Actress Award for her performance.
Friday, the 18th of May, 5.30 & 7.30 pm | LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG / THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Director- Jacques Demy {1964, 91 min}
Jacques Demy’s 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director’s own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop
Overall, a perfect way to do something different on a Friday evening, if not in the French Riviera, then at the French Alliance in Delhi!
So take your pick, grab a friend, and experience the charm of classic masterpieces of the past!
Ciné Club May- Film Screening
Alliance Française, 72 Lodhi Estate
Friday evenings for the next three weekends
Free Entry 
For more information, visit-