Little French Cinema is back for second season

AFTER a successful debut in 2019, the Little French Cinema is returning for a second season following a successful debut last year.

A group of enthusiasts for all things French are presenting another season of a bi-monthly programme of French films on a large screen in Oldham Library’s Performance Space.

Fellow lovers of the French language, culture and cinema are invited along on the second Thursday of every other month to see films spoken in French with English subtitles.

Supported by Oldham Libraries, Oldham Arts Development and Action Together, the group will screen five films each starting at 7pm, with coffee and biscuits available.

Tickets cost £5 per film on the door or £4 plus booking fee through (Search for Little French Cinema) and through

Or take advantage of the season ticket office including all five films for £20 (phone 07941 757685 to reserve).

The films on show this season are:
Thursday, March 12 – Season launch and ‘La Vie en Rose’, cert 12A, 2hrs 20mins
Doors open at 6.15pm with a wine and cheese reception.

The film will begin at 7pm and the audience will be taken on Edith’s journey from the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York to see her battle to sing and survive. Raised in poverty, Edith’s unique voice and her passionate romances and friendships made her a star around the world. Directed by Olivier Dahan.

Thursday, May 14 – La Scaphandre et la Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), cert 12, 1hr 52mins
Directed by Julian Schnabel, this film captures the struggles of Jean-Dominique Bauby who becomes a prisoner in his own body after suffering a stroke. He can only communicate by blinking his left eye. Inside the Diving Bell – as he called his body – his memory and imagination – the butterfly – remain untouched and enables him to fulfil his dream of writing a book.

Thursday, July 9 – Être et Avoir (To Be and To Have), cert U, 1hr 44mins
This award-winning documentary, directed by Nicholas Philibert, is an amusing and heart-warming insight into how the only teacher at a small village primary school in the Auvergne navigates her class of four to 10-year-olds. Monsieur Georges Lopez patiently navigates them towards adolescence, cooling down their arguments and listening to their problems.

Thursday, September 10 – De battre mon Coeur s’est arrêté (The Beat that my Heart Skipped), cert 15, 1hr 48mins
Direct by Jacques Audiard, the thriller follows a streetwise Parisian as he decides whether to follow in the footsteps of his ruthless and unscrupulous property dealer father or late concert pianist mother.

Thursday, November 12- Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night), cert 15, 1hr 35mins
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, the film stars Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a factory worker discovers that her workmates have opted for a €1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Find Oldham Library Performance Space at Greaves Street, OL1 1AL. Bus and tram stops in easy reach. The nearest Pay and Display car park is on Southgate Street, next to the old library building.

For more information phone Rob Newton on 07941 757685 or email

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