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Tyneside Cinema is providing film lovers of the North East the chance to revel in the very best world cinema has to offer. It started on Monday 13th June and runs through until Sunday 4th September, and you can read more about it here. It’s already taken you on a journey though Italy, and is currently offering up the best French cinema has to offer, from today until Tuesday 5th July, and you can read all about that here.

AmélieLa Belle Et La Bete, Francofonia, A Cat In Paris, Diva and a Vivre Sa Vie make up the line-up, but we took a look at six others you may also want to check out, with Six Of The Best that French Cinema has to offer.

One of the earliest and most influential examples of French New Wave film, it’s written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. A wandering criminal and his American girlfriend are the thrust of this beautiful and daring work and was Godard’s first feature-length work and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo’s breakthrough role, and it all made for a monumental film.

Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet put himself on the map with this brilliant, and darkly funny film.  Set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France during an ambiguous time period; the story focuses on the tenants of the building and their desperate bids to survive. A colourful cast of characters make this a truly memorable movie that is always worth revisiting.

The Three Colours Trilogy
Three films in one here, as  Krzysztof Kieślowski presents Blue, White and Red. Three very different films, with two in French, one in Polish, and Academy Award nominations to boot. The story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality and fraternity. It’s tender, sharp film at its very best.

Betty Blue
You’ll have seen this poster on a wall at some point in your life. The 1986 movie based on the 1985 novel of the same name follows the volatile and impulsive Betty, as a would-be writer falls for the unpredictable woman played by Béatrice Dalle, tracking the moments as he slowly realizes that she is going insane.

Belleville Rendez-vous
The 2003 animated comedy film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet proved to be something of a surprise hit, and earned two Academy Award nominations in the process. It tells the story of Madame Souza, an elderly woman on a quest to rescue her grandson Champion, a Tour de France cyclist, who has been kidnapped by the French mafia and taken to the city of Belleville.

The City Of Lost Children
Another Jeunet film, but it would be foolish not to include this. The stylish sci-fi, fantasy drama follows a scientist in a surrealist society who kidnaps children to steal their dreams. Filled with some truly striking images, this is one that will utterly sweep you away.

There’s our six, but French cinema offers up so many more. You’d be wise to start at Tyneside Cinema with Amélie this weekend though and go form there, and with so much on offer, and a litany of classics to work your way through, your Passport To Cinema could offer you up some little off-shoot visits too.

Passport To Cinema – France runs at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle from Friday 24th June until Tuesday 5th July.

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