Learn French with 10 Famous French Actors' Quotes to Use at the Festival de Cannes 2024

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Take your French cinematic culture to the next level as the Festival de Cannes 2024 is approaching with these 10 quotes from famous French actors in French with their context and english language adaptation...

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Celebrate the Festival de Cannes 2024 with TV5MONDE USA! This May, immerse yourself in the captivating world of French cinema without leaving the comfort of your home. TV5MONDE offers a special curated selection of films from the Cannes Festival on TV5MONDE and the on-demand service, TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand, included with your TV5MONDE subscription in most markets. Watch an exclusive selection of critically acclaimed and never-before-seen French films directly on your screen as part of your subscription. Learn French by discovering the magic of French cinema at the Cannes Film Festival.

Playing in May, the month of the Cannes Film Festival, and beyond, on TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand:

  • La dérive des continents: A hidden gem from the Festival de Cannes Quinzaine des réalisateurs 2022, making its unprecedented debut.
  • Bruno Reidal: Witness the gripping narrative from the Festival de Cannes 2021 Semaine de la Critique, making its premiere.
  • Les héroïques:  Director Maxime Roy's first feature film depicting the everyday struggles of society. Festival de Cannes 2021, hors compétition

Playing in May and beyond on TV5 Monde USA and on the TV5MondePlus streaming platform:

  • Freda (2021)

    Discover the resilience of a family in Haiti in Freda. Watch it on May 19th at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA.

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  • Mon légionnaire (2021)

Follow a young woman's journey in Mon légionnaire, starring Camille Cottin and Louis Garrel. Airing May 12th at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA and streaming from May 8th on TV5MONDEplus.

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  • Une aussi longue absence (1960)

Experience the Palme d'Or winning classic Une aussi longue absence, airing May 28th at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA. Also available on TV5MONDEplus.

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  • Dans Paris (2006)

Dive into the emotional depths of Dans Paris, airing May 16th at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA. Stream it now on TV5MONDEplus.

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  • Je veux voir (2008)

Join Catherine Deneuve in Je veux voir, exploring Lebanon post-conflict. Airing May 21st at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA and streaming from May 8th on TV5MONDEplus.

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  • En Ville (2011)

Explore the complex relationship dynamics in En Ville. Airing May 7th at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA.

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  • Viva Varda (2019)

Celebrate the life and work of Agnès Varda with Viva Varda. Airing May 22nd at 8:30pm ET on TV5 Monde USA and available on TV5MONDEplus.

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Subscribe now to TV5 Monde USA and transform your May into a celebration of French cinema at its finest. Embrace this opportunity to learn French through its strong cinematic culture.

Learning French Through Cinema

French is not just a language; it's a cultural journey. The Festival de Cannes, known for its prestigious Palme d'Or and the celebrated filmmakers that line the Croisette, offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the language. By watching films featured at the festival, you can hear the nuances of French speech, learn idiomatic expressions, and acquaint yourself with the cultural references that make this language so rich.

TV5 Monde USA: Your Festival Pass

This May, TV5 Monde USA transforms your viewing experience into an interactive French lesson. With a subscription, you gain access to films that have graced the Cannes Film Festival, allowing you to learn French through titles that have competed for the Palme d'Or, been judged by the most astute jury members, and captured the attention of the Hollywood Reporter and festival-goers along the sun-kissed La Plage du Palais.

10 Famous French Actors' Quotes to Use at the Cannes Film Festival 2024

  1. Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose" (2007): "Je respire et je suis libre." - "I breathe and I am free." Marion Cotillard’s portrayal of Edith Piaf in this biographical masterpiece showcases her profound depth and earned her an Oscar.

  2. Jean Reno in "Léon: The Professional" (1994): "Dans la vie, rien n'est à craindre, tout est à comprendre." - "In life, nothing is to be feared, everything is to be understood." Reno’s character, a professional hitman, unexpectedly finds humanity within himself through his relationship with a young girl.

  3. Audrey Tautou in "Amélie" (2001): "Sur un film, je suis dans une bulle de bonheur." - "On a film, I'm in a bubble of happiness." Tautou's breakthrough role as Amélie, a naive girl in Paris spreading joy, became a global phenomenon.

  4. Gérard Depardieu in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1990): "Il est important de faire des erreurs pour apprendre." - "It's important to make mistakes to learn." Depardieu delivers a passionate performance in this classic tale of unrequited love and poetic justice.

  5. Isabelle Huppert in "Elle" (2016): "L'art c'est la liberté, la liberté de l'esprit." - "Art is freedom, freedom of the mind." Huppert’s role as a resilient businesswoman received critical acclaim and highlighted her versatility.

  6. Alain Delon in "Le Samouraï" (1967): "J'ai vécu comme un homme, et je veux être jugé comme tel." - "I have lived as a man, and I wish to be judged as such." Delon's iconic performance as a hitman in this stylish noir film cemented his status as a cinematic legend.

  7. Sophie Marceau in "La Boum" (1980): "Le cinéma, c'est un miroir qui se modifie." - "Cinema is a mirror that changes." Marceau became a darling of French cinema with her performance as a teenager navigating her first love.

  8. Vincent Cassel in "La Haine" (1995): "La vie est faite de choix, et de cinéma aussi." - "Life is made of choices, and so is cinema." Cassel’s intense portrayal of a troubled youth in the suburbs of Paris brought him international recognition.

  9. Catherine Deneuve in "Belle de Jour" (1967): "La passion peut mener à l'obsession, mais c'est une belle obsession." - "Passion can lead to obsession, but it's a beautiful obsession." Deneuve’s performance as a bored housewife led to her becoming a fashion and film icon.

  10. Juliette Binoche in "The English Patient" (1996): "L'authenticité est la clé." - "Authenticity is the key." Binoche's Oscar-winning role in this sweeping wartime romance showcased her profound emotional depth.

TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand Spotlight Films

  • La dérive des continents - Presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2022, this film makes its TV5 Monde Cinema debut. A notable entry from the Festival de Cannes, it provides viewers a chance to experience its narrative and learn French through cinema.
  • Bruno Reidal - Premiering on TV5 Monde Cinema, this film from the 2021 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes offers an engaging story and a glimpse into the intricacies of the French language.
  • Les particules - Featured in the 2019 Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, this film is now accessible on TV5 Monde Cinema, adding to the diverse French cinematic experience available to subscribers.
  • Les héroïques - Though it was presented outside the main competition at Cannes in 2021, this film is now part of the TV5 Monde Cinema lineup, ready for audiences to explore its storytelling and cultural themes.

The Festival Experience

Engage with the Cannes Film Festival as if you were strolling down La Croisette yourself. TV5 Monde USA brings you closer to the action, the discussion, and the artistry. Learn the language of the festival—terms like "meilleur réalisateur" (best director), the coveted "palme," and the rich heritage of the festival venue, the Palais. Absorb the festival lexicon as you traverse through the world of Todd Haynes, the narratives of Flower Moon, and the stories of Du Barry.

Learn from the art of cinema and celebrate the Cannes Film Festival 2024 with us.

Subscribe now to TV5 Monde USA and transform your May into a celebration of French cinema at its finest. With an extensive selection of films, you're not just watching a festival; you're learning a language. Embrace this opportunity to learn French through its strong cinematic culture, all the while reveling in the stories and splendors that have come to define the Cannes Film Festival.

Here are some questions we received from our TV5 Monde USA audience and answers:

Is it worth visiting Cannes?

Visiting Cannes, particularly during the Cannes Film Festival, can be a highly rewarding experience. This picturesque city on the French Riviera is renowned for its luxurious beaches, upscale boutiques, and vibrant nightlife. During the festival, Cannes transforms into the hub of the international film community, attracting celebrities, filmmakers, and media from around the world. Beyond the festival, the city offers beautiful natural landscapes, historical sites, and a glimpse into the glamorous lifestyle of the Côte d'Azur. Whether you're a film enthusiast eager to catch a glimpse of movie-making magic or someone who enjoys exploring rich cultural and scenic destinations, Cannes is definitely worth visiting.

What does "cannes" mean?

The word "Cannes" refers to the city located in the French Riviera, known globally for hosting the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Geographically, the name is derived from "canna," a Latin word meaning "cane" or "reed," reflective of the reed beds that once dominated the area along the city's natural harbor. This name is a direct nod to the city's coastal and marshy landscape in its early history.

What is the difference between the Oscars and Cannes?

The Oscars (Academy Awards) and the Cannes Film Festival are two prestigious events in the film industry, but they serve different purposes and are structured differently:
- The Oscars: Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States, the Oscars focus on recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements based on votes from Academy members. Awards are given in various categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress, and the ceremony is known for its red carpet and glamorous Hollywood-style celebration.
- Cannes Film Festival: Held annually in Cannes, France, this festival is known for its international focus, premiering films from around the world. It is more of an industry-based event where films are screened, bought, and sold. The highest honor awarded at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), given to the best film in the competition. Unlike the Oscars, which is an awards ceremony, Cannes is both a competitive festival and a marketplace for film distribution.

What is the highest award at Cannes?

The highest award at the Cannes Film Festival is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm). This prestigious award is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition. The award, introduced in 1955 by the festival's organizing committee, is one of the most prestigious in the film industry, comparable in prestige to an Oscar. Winning the Palme d'Or can significantly impact a filmmaker's career, offering international recognition and opening doors to worldwide distribution.

Where are the 3 biggest film festivals?

The three biggest film festivals, often referred to as "The Big Three," are:
- Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France: Known for its prestigious status and red-carpet glamour, Cannes is a major event for the international film industry, focusing on art house films and international cinema.
- Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in Berlin, Germany: This festival is celebrated annually and is known for its diverse selection of films within various sections. Berlinale is also significant for its political and social themes, often showcasing films that discuss real-world issues.
- Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy: The oldest film festival in the world, Venice is known for its historic prestige and is part of the Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art exhibition that includes events for dance, cinema, music, and theatre. The festival is particularly noted for its beautiful setting and its role in premiering major films from around the world.

Each of these festivals has its own unique character and significance within the international film community, offering platforms for showcasing, celebrating, and discovering cinematic talent and innovation.


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