Festival Champlain du Film Francophone / Champlain Film Festival


Discover today’s cinema in the French-speaking world

October 25, 26, 27, 2024 at the PMA in Portland, ME

We're excited to announce that the 2024 Champlain Film Festival will be held entirely at the Portland Museum of Art this year and run for a total of three days. Get ready for your annual fill of francophone films! This year's selection will be announced later this spring, stay tuned!

2023 Film Schedule (Archive)


Friday October 20, PMA, Portland

3PM - 5PM

Au revoir le bonheur/Goodbye happiness (2021, Quebec)

by Ken Scott with Francois Arnaud, Antoine Bertrand and Louise Morissette

Overview: Four brothers meet in the country house of their childhood on the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, after the death of their father. As their reunion begins to go hilariously off the rails, the brothers rediscover the power of their family bond, and the effort it takes to maintain it.

5:45PM - 8PM

En corps/Rise by Cedric Klapish (2022, France)

with Marion Barbeau, Hofesh Shechter and Denis Podalydes

Overview: Elise, a very promising classical dancer, is injured during a performance at 26 years old. Although she's told she will no longer be able to dance, she will try to find a new direction in contemporary dance.

Saturday October 21, Talbot Hall, USM, Portland

10AM - 11AM

Chien pourri, la vie à Paris (2020, France)

animated film by Stéphane Aubier, Davy Durand and Vincent Patard

Overview: Bring in the kids! Once upon a time, there was a naive and passionate Parisian dog named Chien Pourri, who liked to roam the streets of Paris with his nose to the wind. Follow the crazy adventure of Chien Pourri and his friends who will make you  discover the poetry of Paris!

11AM - 1:15PM

Twist a Bamako/Dancing the twist in Bamako (2021, France, Canada, Senegal)

by Robert Guediguian with Stephane Bak, Alice Da Luz and Saabo Balde

Overview: Set in the early 1960s, as Mali’s capital city celebrates the country’s independence from French colonial rule, the idealistic Samba works toward creating a more just nation by day and dances to Otis Redding and the Supremes with his spirited girlfriend, Lara, by night.

1:45PM - 3:45PM

Un Petit Frère/Mother and son by Leonor Serraille (2022, France)

with Annabelle Lengronne, Stéphane Bak, Ahmed Sylla

Overview: In the late 1980s, Rose moves from the Ivory Coast to Paris with her two young sons. Spanning 20 years from their arrival in France to the present day, the film is the moving chronicle of the construction and deconstruction of a family.

4PM - 6PM

Mon crime / The crime is mine (2023, France)

with Rebecca Marder, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Isabelle Hupert, Dany Boon, Fabrice Luchini

Overview: French comedy directed by Francois Ozon. Set in the 1930s, the film follows a penniless actress who gains notoriety after getting acquitted of murder for self-defense. Then begins a life of glory and success, until truth comes to light.

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Reception at the Custom House, Portland

Around the films:

  • Saturday October 21, our screening of “Chien Pourri, la vie a Paris” will be followed by a children's activity around the theme of the film.
  • Saturday October 21, reception at the Custom House, Portland 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Educational activity packets around the themes of two films in our selection will be developed and shared in September with all French teachers in the Portland area, so they can integrate the festival to their lesson plan and engage students on core questions raised by the films.

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