French Truly Salon

Monthly Screenings
SIFF and French Truly present a new monthly series that blends art, culture, and language into a unique, immersive evening for the Francophile in all of us.

The French Truly Salon is an experience unique to Seattle, marrying French language, culture, history and cinema. The evening starts with a French cultural keynote presentation by Virginie Paradis, the theme carefully selected to relate to a French feature film. The evening also includes a reception featuring French cheese and hors d’oeuvres while the guests mingle. All films presented in French language with English subtitles. 

Each session: $25 | $20 for SIFF Members


About French Truly:
Virginie Paradis brings you French Truly, the only company designed to satisfy your French curiosity on three levels: language, culture, and trips, all to help you become a little bit French. For more information visit www.frenchtruly.com

Le Havre

March 22, 2017

France | 2011 | 180 Minutes (Full Event) | Aki Kaurismäki

SIFF Film Center | French Truly Salon
In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismäki, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a kindly old bohemian who shines shoes for a living in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic French cinema of the past, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight and one of the Finnish director’s finest films.