A Week of French Language Cinema
From March 18 to March 23
For the eighth straight year, the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz presents A Week of French Language Cinema in Los Angeles, with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed Francophone films. The program includes notable films from Canada, Belgium, Senegal, France, Quebec and Switzerland.
All films include subtitles in English.
All screenings are preceded by receptions, which begin at 7:00pm, except on the Sunday when the reception begins at 5:00pm and the screening at 5:30pm.
In order to ensure attendance, tickets must be purchased for each screening ($5), or $20 for the whole week.
This is a nonprofit event. Support goes directly towards the theater’s operating costs. Non-assigned seating.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • Canada
Opening reception: 7:00pm; Screening: 7:30pm
C.R.A.Z.Y. – 129 min.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
Teenager Zachary Beaulieu is confused about his sexuality and is in conflict with his Canadian-Catholic upbringing which alienates his father Gervais and confuses his mother Laurianne. Forcing himself to like girls, Zachary also has to cope with his older brothers, who don't make his life any easier but when he finally accepts his true feelings, will his family still accept him?
Sunday, March 19, 2017 • Belgium
Reception: 5:00pm; Screening: 5:30pm
Baden Baden – 96 min.
Directed by Rachel Lang.
An aimless 26-year-old woman finds herself at a crossroads after failing conspicuously as a runner on a film production. She returns to her hometown of Strasbourg and throws herself into the diversionary activity of converting her grandmother’s bathroom to an invalid-friendly walk-in shower.
Monday, March 20, 2017 • Senegal - France
Reception: 7:00pm; Screening: 7:30pm
Wùlu – 95 min.
Directed by Daouda Coulibaly.
When low-level transit employee Ladji misses out on a potentially lucrative promotion, his years of scraping by to support himself and his sister finally bring him to a breaking point. He uses his connections to earn money as a drug-runner, dangerous work for which he soon discovers he's well-suited. It's not long before Ladji is rising in the ranks of the criminal network, and his control on the situation quickly slips from his grasp as he becomes embroiled in conflicts that stretch from Mali's government all the way to Al Qaeda.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 • France
Reception: 7:00pm: Screening: 7:30pm La petite casserole d’Anatole (Anatole’s little saucepan) – 6 min Directed by Eric Montchaud Anatole is always dragging his little saucepan behind him. It fell on him one day and nobody really knows why. Since then, it gets stuck everywhere and it keeps him from getting on. One day he’s had more than enough and decides to hide. Luckily things are not that simple.
Les Malheurs de Sophie (Sophie’s Misfortunes) – 106 min
Directed by Christophe Honoré.
Since her castle, the little Sophie cannot resist the temptation of the forbidden and what she loves most is to do silly things with her cousin Paul. When her parents decide to join America, Sophie is delighted. A year later, she is back in France with her horrible stepmother, Mrs. Fichini. But Sophie is going to count on the help of her two friends, the little girls and their mother, Madame de Fleurville to escape the clutches of that woman.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • Quebec
Reception: 7:00pm: Screening: 7:30pm
La Passion d’Augustine (The Passion of Augustine) – 103 min.
Directed by Léa Pool.
In a small convent school in rural Quebec in the 1960s, Mother Augustine provides a musical education to young women, including her rebellious niece Alice, regardless of their socio-economic background. However, the changes brought by the Second Vatican Council and Quebec's Quiet Revolution are putting the school's future at risk.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 • Switzerland
Closing reception: 7:00pm; Screening: 7:30pm
Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) – 66 min.
Directed by Claude Barras.
After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his new-found friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.
La Femme et le TVG (The Woman and the Train) – 30 min.
Directed by Timo Von Gunten.
Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their worlds with each other. But Elise’s fairytale is cut short when the train line permanently detours for a shorter route to Paris. Not willing to do without her daily delight, Elise prompts a daring escape from her comfort zone and sets out to find the train conductor.