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Projector: French AS/A2 Study Day (Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles)

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Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North West
Cornerhouse, Manchester

AS/A2 Study Day: Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles

Wednesday 26th November 2014

10:30 - 15:00

Recommended for AS/ A2 and equivalent level French

£6 per student, 158 places

Doors open to school groups: 10:15


Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Projector is a collaboration project between Routes into Languages NW and Cornerhouse Manchester. This is a year-round education programme, which uses film, moving image and contemporary art to enrich students’ learning and bring innovation to the classroom. Throughout the year we have a variety of MFL study sessions specially programmed to support GCSE students of French, German, Spanish and Urdu, all led by native language speakers.


Each of our study sessions use film as an exciting and accessible way to encourage students to use their language skills. Students will enjoy a specially selected film, screened in the target language with English subtitles. Sessions are supported by contextualising introductions, which provide information about the themes and characters of the film along with information about the film's director and place within film history and culture. Following the film, students complete language exercises based on the film using their new vocabulary.


Films are selected to complement GCSE specifications and provide excellent material for topic-based work and oral exam preparation.


This study day will address the theme of history and representation of war in film. It will introduce the notion of memory as we commemorate the First World War Centenary this year.


Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film in French, providing relevant historical and contextual information as well as key vocabulary.


The screening will be followed after lunch by a series of language exercises in French on the film, its characters and the style of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Themes discussed during the session will include childhood, relationships and the heritage film genre. The session will also include a short overview of digital special effects in recent French cinema.




Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (15) (A Very Long Engagement)

Dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet / France 2004 /

133 mins / In French with English Subtitles

Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon, Chantal Neuwirth, André Dussollier, Ticky Holgado, Marion Cotillard


In 1919, after the end of World War One, a young girl, Mathilde is waiting for her fiancé, Manech to return from the war. Though she has been told he was killed on the battlefield, she refuses to accept that he is dead and instead starts her own relentless search to find him.


For more information about any of the study sessions, please visit or email