An online festival of French-language cinema not to be missed! Thank you to TLF for the heads up, as this festival regroups movies that have been nominated and winners of multiple awards.

This festival takes its roots in Los Angeles: For the twelfth year, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) in collaboration with the Consulates of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, and Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles present A Week of French Language Cinema.

This is Francophonie at its best with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed French-language films, from Saturday, March 20 through Thursday, March 25, 2021. The program includes notable films from Belgium, Quebec, Canada, Switzerland, Algeria, and France.

All films are with English subtitles. Films accessible online from anywhere in California.

After the content becomes available, you’ll have 3 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 24 hours to finish watching.

Agenda:

  • Nos Batailles / Our Struggles (Belgium) – Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura’s not coming back. casting Romain Duris, Laure Calamy – Saturday, March 20th, 2021
  • Mathias & Maxime (Quebec) – Two childhood best friends are asked to share a kiss for the purposes of a student short film. Soon, a lingering doubt sets in, confronting both men with their preferences, threatening the brotherhood of their social circle, and, eventually, changing their lives. A Xavier Dolan movie, with Xavier Dolan. Sunday, March 21st, 2021
  • Papicha (Algeria) – Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma, an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show. With Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella… Monday, March 22nd, 2021
  • Le Milieu de l’Horizon / Beyond the Horizon (Switzerland) 1976. A heatwave summer. In this farming family, Gus who is 13 years old, realizes that heat doesn’t just affect the animals or the fields but also can perturb the adults which surround him. During his vacation, Gus witnesses the end of his father’s traditional life in the country and the explosion of the nuclear family. In a few months, he will have left behind him the innocence of his youth. Luc Bruchez, Laetitia Casta – Tuesday March 23rd, 2021
  • Plus Haut que les Flammes / Higher than Flames will Go (Canada) – In this cinematic tour de force, Monique LeBlanc brings to the screen Louise Dupré’s 2011 Governor General’s Award-winning book of poetry, Plus haut que les flammes, recited in its entirety in the film by actress Violette Chauveau. Devastated by a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, a woman, a grandmother, tries to go on living and caring for a child. Because beyond the worst man-made horrors there is childhood, through which all roads to the future must pass. Weaving different stories, different experiences, and different landscapes together, from Auschwitz to Canada via the United States, Nicaragua, and Ukraine, the filmmaker offers a moving meditation on how we might elevate the youth that will inherit this world “higher than flames will go. – Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
  • DEUX / 2 of us (France) – Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, are secretly deeply in love for decades. From everybody’s point of view, including Madeleine’s family, they are simply neighbors living on the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, sharing the tender delights of everyday life together. Until the day their relationship is turned upside down by an unexpected event leading Madeleine’s daughter to slowly unveil the truth about them. With Martine Chevallier, Barbara Sukowa, Léa Drucker. This first movie got multiple awards nominations (2021 Golden Globe -Best Foreign Language Feature, 2021 Oscars- Best International Feature shortlist, 2021 César Award for Best First Feature Film…. and many more. Thursday March 25th, 2021.

Purchase one movie for $5 or a Pass for all six movies for $20.

Merci Frédéric Patto

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