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Screenings of French films with English subtitles in June 2022

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

Screenings of French films with English subtitles in June 2022
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This June you can settle in with some popcorn and a soda, and enjoy practicing your French while enjoying some popular new French films, helpfully subtitled in English.

The events will be hosted by Lost in Frenchlation, a Paris-based 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.

There are five projections planned for June, along with Q&A sessions with the directors of Inexorable (Fabrice du Welz), Rosy (Marine Barnérias) and Frère et Sœur (Arnaud Desplechin). There will also be a standup comedy show in English, along with a new collaboration with Champs-Elysées Film Festival.

Here is this month’s agenda:

Friday, June 6th

Babysitter is a comedy that follows a Cédric, a man who has recently lost his job for a sexist joke that went viral. Cédric is then forced to take a sensitivity training, all the while his wife Nadine suffers from post-natal depression following the birth of their child. The couple winds up having to hire a babysitter, who is mysterious and provocative, and ends up throwing their lives upside down. 

Lost in Frenchlation is offering two events in conjunction to this screening. The first is a “Women of Paris” walking tour, guided by Heidi of “Women in Paris,” and it will start at 5pm. On the walk, you will be able to learn about feminism in French cinema in one of Paris’ oldest theatre districts, while also hearing about groundbreaking starts Josephine Baker and Mata Hari. Then, you can join the group at the Club de L’Étoile for drinks and a standup comedy show at 7pm. The show, starring Sarah Donnelly, an “American stand-up comedian, podcast Queen, and wannabe TikToker living in Paris,” will start at 7:30 and will be in English.

The film will start right after her show finishes at 8pm.

Full price tickets will cost €15 full price, and €13 for students and all other concessions. The price includes both the film screening and the comedy show. You can get your tickets HERE

To participate in the walking tour, you’ll have to by your tickets separately. They are €15 per person, and they available online HERE.

The screening will be held at 8PM at Club de l’étoile, located in Paris’ 17th arrondisement.

Thursday, June 9th

Inexorable is a Franco-Belgian film by director Fabrice du Welz. It is a thriller about a novelist who moves into his wife’s family’s mansion and finds that his past success is coming back to haunt him.

You can arrive early, at 7pm, for drinks at l’Entrepôt. Then, the actual screening will kick off at 8pm.

After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director himself, who is also known for directing the film Message from the King which starred Chadwick Boseman.

Full price tickets are €8.50, and tickets for students and others with concessions are €7. You can reserve yours HERE.

The screening will be held at L’Entrepôt in Paris’ 14th arrondisement.

Thursday, June 16th

Rosy is a film that French daily Le Parisien says will “make you want to live stronger.” Entirely shot on an iPhone, the film is an autobiographical documentary of Marine Barnerias’ journey to find peace with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. At just 21 years old, she decides to travel the world, going to New Zealand, Burma, and Mongolia, in order to find a solution within herself. If you stay after the screening, you can hear her story in person too.

The night will begin with drinks at l’Arlequin at 7pm. Then, the screening will take place at 8pm. After the screening, director Marine Barnerias will provide an in-person Q&A session. 

The screening itself will take place at the Luminor Cinema in Paris’ 4th arrondisement. Tickets are €10 full price, and €8 for students and all other concessions. You can buy your tickets HERE

Wednesday, June 22nd

Don’t miss out on an exciting collaboration between Lost in Frenchlation and the Champs Elysées Film Festival. Join a special screening of a premiere (film still to be confirmed) in the presence of the film crew…there will also be a cocktail hour with rooftop drinks, which will begin at 6pm.

After the screening you’ll be able to enjoy a Q&A with cast & crew. The location will be at Publicis cinemas, near the Arc de Triomphe. 

For tickets, there are two options: 

Option 1: Earlybird €25 / Normal price €30. This ticket will give you a seat for the screening and access to the rooftop cocktail hour. This includes up to two alcoholic beverages and unlimited soft drinks. Should you wish to purchase an appetizer, they will be available for €5 on the spot. Meals will also be available, later on, at a higher price.

Option 2: Earlybird €30 / Normal Price €35. This ticket will offer the same as option one (it will provide you with your seat for the screaning, and access to the rooftop cocktail hour with up to two alcoholic beverages and unlimited soft drinks), but you will also have a plate of antipasti included.

The link to reserve your tickets should be available soon. Plan ahead to enjoy one of Paris’ best rooftops with its incredible view of the Arc de Triomphe!

Monday, June 27th

Frère et sœur, the latest film starring Marion Cotillard, competed in this year’s Cannes awards. It tells the story of two siblings: Louis and Alice, who have been estranged for over 20 years. But after their parents’ deaths, the two are forced to meet each other again – at the funeral.

The screening will take place at the cinema du Panthéon (located in the 5th arrondisement).

The time and ticket prices for this screening have not yet been announced, but Lost in Frenchlation is planning a Q&A with director Arnaud Desplechin afterwards, so mark your calendars.

Further information is available on the Lost in Frenchlation website.

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French foie gras shortage forces farmers to take radical step: Using lady geese

Foie gras pate, the consummate delicacy of French holiday tables, might be harder to find this year and certainly pricier due to a bird flu outbreak that ravaged farms across the west and south last winter.

French foie gras shortage forces farmers to take radical step: Using lady geese

After millions of ducks and geese were culled to halt the epidemic, some farmers say they are having to take an unprecedented step — using females to produce the luxury treat.

The taste is the same, but female livers are much smaller and harder to work with, and the impact on a producer’s bottom line is inescapable.

“It was double or nothing, but either we just sat and waited — which is not in our nature — or we try to offer a product that respects our consumers,” said Benjamin Constant in Samatan, southwest France.

President of the foie gras marketing board for the Gers department, Constant warned that it was only a stop-gap measure, especially for higher-quality fresh foie gras.

Most livers have veins that must be removed, but those of female livers are much bigger and require more effort to extract, which puts off clients seeking the smooth texture of fresh foie gras that is either seared in a pan, or used to make pate.

“A significant amount cannot be sold fresh, which penalises the producers who sell at public markets,” Constant said.

Jacques Candelon, who has been raising ducks in the rolling plains of nearby Sarrant since 1998, said this is the first year the majority of his 26,000 birds are females, which are usually reserved to produce meat for export.

“80 percent are females — it was either that or nothing,” the 52-year-old told AFP at his farm, dressed head to toe in protective gear to prevent any contamination of his animals.

Bigger stretch

Animal rights activists have long denounced the force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras, calling it an unnecessary cruelty despite producers’ claims of introducing measures to make the process more humane.

France remains the world’s largest producer and consumer, usually raising some 30 million ducks alone each year, even though some French cities have banned it from official functions.

But two brutal bird flu outbreaks in recent years decimated flocks as authorities imposed culls, with just 21 million ducks raised in 2021, a number expected to plunge to 15 million for 2022, according to the CIFOG producers’ association.

More problematic was the impact on breeding farms, which found themselves with only scant numbers of male chicks to offer producers this year.

Labeyrie, the brand that dominates sales among mass retailers, expects a shortage of 30 to 40 percent this holiday season, by far the most important time of the year for the sector.

Spiralling energy and feed prices, fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will also make foie gras more of a stretch for family budgets.

“There will be enough for the holidays but in limited quantities,” CIFOG director Marie-Pierre Pe told AFP in September. “We’re hoping that people are going to be reasonable and will share what little there is.” 

‘Big effort’

Old habits die hard, however, and at the bustling weekly duck market at Samatan, a foie gras bastion near Toulouse in the heart of Gers, much of the crowd wanted only the pale, plump male livers.

“Females are much, much smaller and after force-feeding, the livers are smaller and less attractive visually,” said Didier Villate, a veterinarian who has overseen the Samatan market for over 40 years.

Next to a tray of glistening male livers, many of the female livers had red blotches with thick dark veins, “which is unfortunately something we find quite often” even though it doesn’t change the taste or texture, Villate said.

“Clients are surprised, so we have to make a big effort to explain to consumers that there is no danger — It’s purely visual, you can buy and eat them just the same,” he said.

But male or female, prices have spiked to between €55 and €60 a kilogramme, or “€15 to €20 more than normal,” said Constant, calling 2022 “catastrophic for the sector.”

For Gilberte Bru, who like dozens of others rushed in at the market’s opening whistle to stock up for the holidays, the decision was easy — she picked the male livers.

“Yes, because they are bigger,” she said.

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