Are you a traveller, expat, English-speaking film obsessive who happens to be in Paris? You NEED to know more about Lost in Frenchlation.
Why? Because they’re breaking down the barriers between the international community in Paris and the French Cinema they are eager to experience on the big screen.
Lost in Frenchlation
I LOVE watching films abroad. I really love it. Whether that’s film festivals or just an ordinary screening. It feels exciting to experience something ‘ordinary’ in a local setting different to my own. Others may scoff and say ‘you can just do that at home.’ And while they’re correct to an extent… It’s just different, you know?
Recently, I persuaded my mum to watch God’s Own Country (2017) with me at Cinema Sivori in Genoa, Italy because it was the only film screening in its original version (not dubbed in Italian). And again with my mum, watching Sing Street (2016) at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin was an unforgettable experience.
And what about if you’re an expat? I’ve written about how I’m learning Spanish to watch Pedro Almodóvar films without subtitles… but if I moved to Spain tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to watch any of my favourite director’s films at the cinema because they wouldn’t be subtitled in English.
I know, it’s #firstworldproblems. But for somewhere like Paris with a huge international community, that’s a lot of people who can’t experience a significant part of their adopted culture.
What is Lost in Frenchlation?
Lost in Frenchlation is an organisation in Paris committed to screening the latest French films with English subtitles. It’s that simple. It was founded by Manon (French) and Matt (Australian). When Matt lived in Paris, he and Manon couldn’t go to the cinema together because they couldn’t find one cinema that would screen new French films in English.
It’s such a wonderful initiative. Cinema is incredibly important to the fabric of French culture, particularly Parisian culture. Heck, where would we be without Georges Méliès or the Lumière brothers?
If I lived in Paris, I couldn’t even imagine not watching one single French film whilst I lived there. Sure, I’d be able to watch all the English films subtitled in French as much as I liked… but if I’m living in France, I want to soak up French life.
Currently, they screen films weekly in different cinemas across Paris including Cinema Studio 28 in Montmartre, Club de l’Étoile just off Champs-Elysées and Luminor Cinema in Paris’ Marais neighbourhood.
Fun events and opportunities to meet like-minded people
Cocktails & Mingle
Not only do they organise screenings of the latest French films, but they usually host cocktails or drinks in the hour beforehand. This is a bloody brilliant idea because it would be so amazing to meet like-minded people if you’re an expat or international student.
Lost in Frenchlation have also started hosting comedy nights which start with drinks, then a comedic film. The night is finished off with a stand-up comedy show IN ENGLISH. It blows my mind how amazing this would be if you could otherwise never see any form of entertainment because you’re living in a country that speaks a different language.
They also sometimes hold Q&A sessions with the film crew after the screenings and have organised free outdoor cinema screenings. Essentially, watch this space because they might be planning some really awesome events!
Where to find all the information
Lost in Frenchlation list all their upcoming events on their website here.
If you’re interested in their past events to see what might be coming up in the future, check out their past events page here.
Unfortunately, I can’t give you my firsthand thoughts on Lost in Frenchlation as the last time I was in Paris was over New Years 2016/2017 and I have only just learnt about them. But I do love Paris so I know I’ll be back soon enough to give you my firsthand thoughts on Lost in Frenchlation.
Until then… if you’re heading to Paris, you know you’ve got one evening planned!
Do you like watching films abroad or have you heard of Lost in Frenchlation before? Do you agree that it’s such an awesome idea? Let me know in the comments below!