Learn French with 10 useful French idioms for the Cannes Film Festival 2024

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Cannes, France © Photo by Jannis Lucas on Unsplash
Cannes, France © Photo by Jannis Lucas on Unsplash
Cannes, France © Photo by Jannis Lucas on Unsplash

Learn French by discovering the magic of French Cinema at the Cannes Film Festival.  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...

 

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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 to your screen as part of your subscription. Learn French by discovering the magic of French Cinema at the Cannes Film Festival.

Playing in May 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

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. What better way to embark on this journey than through the Festival de Cannes, an event that embodies the pinnacle of French artistry? The festival, 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 useful French idiomatic expressions to use at the Cannes Film Festival 2024

1. "Faire son cinéma" - Literally meaning "to make one's cinema," this expression is used to describe someone who is being overly dramatic or making a scene. It's perfect for discussing any over-the-top moments you might witness on or off the red carpet.

2. "Être sous les feux de la rampe" - Translating to "be under the spotlight," this idiom is ideal for talking about filmmakers and actors who are receiving a lot of attention during the festival.

3. "La crème de la crème" - Meaning "the cream of the crop," this phrase is apt for discussing the best films, directors, or actors showcased at the festival.

4. "Couper le souffle" - When a film is so stunning it "takes your breath away," this is the expression to convey that feeling of awe.

5. "Ne pas être dans son assiette" - Literally meaning "not to be in one's plate," this is a colloquial way to say someone is not feeling quite themselves, perhaps after watching a particularly unsettling film or due to the festival frenzy.

6. "Un navet" - Use this term, which translates to "a turnip," to refer to a movie that is a flop or of poor quality. Hopefully, you won't have to use this one too much!

7. "Faire la queue" - This means "to queue up" and is something you'll likely be doing a lot of at the festival, whether it's waiting for a screening or a café au lait.

8. "Avoir le trac" -This phrase literally means "to have stage fright," but it can be used more broadly to describe the nerves one might feel before a big premiere or while waiting to meet a famous director or actor.

9. "Ça vaut le détour" - If something "is worth the detour," it means it's worth going out of your way for. In the context of Cannes, this could apply to a must-see movie or an event.

10. "Tenir la vedette" - Meaning "to hold the starring role," this can be used to describe the person or film that is the main attraction at the festival.

 

 

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.

 


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