What to Watch on TV5MONDE in May 2022

Enjoy on TV5MONDE a special lineup to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival! 

3 French films to watch in May

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Alice et le maire — May 8 at 8:40 pm ET/5:40 pm PT
Directors’ Fortnight | Cannes Film Festival 2019

Paul Théraneau, the mayor of Lyon, is in a sticky situation. After 30 years in politics, for the first time in his life he's run out of ideas! As a solution, he hires a young and brilliant philosopher, Alice Heimann. Their discussions see their respective certainties severely challenged.

Director: Nicolas Pariser (France 2018)
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Anaïs Demoustier, Nora Hamzaoui
Genre: Dramatic comedy, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Political French movies, Fabrice Luchini - as good as ever, movies with philosophical dialogue and ideas

Josep — May 15 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT
Official Selection | Cannes Film Festival 2020

February 1939: the French government is submerged by the flow of Republicans fleeing Franco's dictatorship. Two men strike up a friendship in a refugee camp. One is a guard, the other an artist. From Barcelona to New York, the true story of Josep Bartolí, a freedom fighter and exceptional artist.

Director: Aurel (France, Spain 2019)
Cast: Sergi López, Bruno Solo, David Marsais, Gérard Hernandez
Genre: Animation in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Animated films for adults, graphic novel adaptations, French movies based on true stories

Nadia Butterfly—May 29 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT 
Official Selection | Cannes Film Festival 2020 

At the age of 23, Nadia makes a controversial decision to retire from professional swimming and escape a life of sacrifice. After her final race, the hidden excesses of the Olympic village offer her an initial taste of freedom. But the further she ventures into the unknown, the more the doubts creep in.

Director: Pascal Plante (Canada 2020)
Cast: Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville, Hilary Caldwell
Genre: Sports, Drama, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Sports drama, films somewhere between fiction and documentary

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Le bruit des trousseaux—May 20 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT

A young teacher begins his first day of lessons in the prison in Nancy when he meets a woman and falls head-over-heels in love with her. With this new love he rapidly discovers the reality of prison life, confronting inmates' heartrending lives and trying to bring them a kindly compassion.
Director: Philippe Claudel (France 2021)
Cast: Cyril Descours, Déborah François, Philippe Duquesne, David Mora, Diane Rouxel, Frédéric Pierrot
Genre: Thriller, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Impossible love stories, films within the prison world

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Charlie Chaplin, le genie de la liberté — May 18 at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT (English ST)

The whole world knows him. Burlesque comedy genius, popular actor, author, director, producer, composer, choreographer, Charlie Chaplin (1899-1977) used his talent to serve an ideal of justice and freedom. But his best scenario was his own destiny, a story written into the political and artistic history of the 20th century.

Director: Yves Jeuland (France 2020)
Cast: Mathieu Amalric
Genre: Documentary, in French with English subtitles

Watch if you like: Portraits of artists that go beyond the wikipedia page, documentaries that explore the link between cinema and politics


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