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A Night of French Short Films

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30pm

Featuring French award-winning shorts


Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz in partnership with the Alliance Française of Los Angeles, is pleased to present a Night of French Short Films in Los Angeles as part of its public performing arts series on Friday, January 26, 2018. Showcasing a wide variety of stories and styles, the screening is a selection of short films chosen from 2018’s nominees at the César (French Oscars) and the winner of the Trouville Film Festival’s First Prize. Discover the most creative and innovative French filmmakers.

The evening’s format will be presented in two one-hour long programs with a 15-minute intermission, which will include complimentary wine and cheese.

All the films will be in French with English subtitles.

This evening is not recommended for children under 12. Some shorts may contain violence. Please see program below for more information.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students.

 Press Release


Tangente (Off Path) by Julie Jouve and Rida Belghiat, 2017 - 27’        
Fiction – Psychological drama
Florie, a young mother living on Reunion Island, takes part in the "Diagonale des Fous" (The Madman's 
Diagonal), a world famous ultra-marathon race. For three gruelling days and nights, she runs across 
the mountains of her island, inspired to push herself to her limits. But Florie is no average runner: she 
must also face up to the demons of her past.
- Selected in the International Competition of Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul (South Korea, 2017)
- César selection 2018

Panthéon Discount (Pantheon Discount) by Stéphan Castang, 2016 - 15’
Fiction – Comedy, Science fiction
In 2050, medecine is replaced by a machine, the "Sherlock”, a kind of super scanner that not only 
diagnoses, but also treats patients depending on the latters' means. The doctor is now nothing 
more than a financial adviser who offers insurance, private health insurance, and more or less radical solutions.
- Student Youth Prize at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2017)
- Grand Prize for best Short Film at Tübingen | Stuttgart International French-language Film Festival (Germany, 2016)
- César selection 2018

Les bigorneaux (The Winkles) by Alice Vial, 2017 - 25’
Fiction – Drama
At Brignogan-Plages, thirty-year-old Zoé works at "The Winkles" bar with her father, Guy. Barmaid and boss 
combined, she is exhausted by having to be responsible for everything, supporting Guy since her mother's 
premature death. One morning, Zoé starts suffering from dizzy spells and nausea, which upset her daily routine. 
She fears that she might be pregnant, but her gynecologist informs her that she is suffering from something entirely different.
- UniFrance Short Film Prize, France, 2017
- César selection 2018


Témoins (Witnesses) by David Koch, 2016 - 29’
Fiction – Drama, War
Stéphane, a freelance war photographer, is covering the Syrian conflict. She follows the daily existence 
of a young couple: Farah, a schoolteacher, and Omar, a doctor. During fighting, Stéphane takes a photo 
of Omar. A photo that could make headlines in the western media. Omar, convinced that the publication 
of this photo will put his life at risk, asks Stéphane not to send it off. But given the urgency, Stéphane has 
already forwarded her photos to her press agency in France: it is too late, the photo is released, altering 
the lives of both Stéphane and Omar.
Contains violence, not recommended for a younger audience.
- Official selection of Court en Scène, International Short Films Festival of La Chapelle Saint-Luc & Troyes (France, 2017)
- First Prize of Off Court Festival of Trouville (France, 2017)
Trailer in French:

La convention de Genève (The Geneva Convention) by Benoit Martin - 2016 - 15’
Fiction - Comedy
Just when he is about to take the bus home after his day at high school, Hakin is caught up in a settling 
of scores between a group of teenagers. The prospect of a fight holds absolutely no appeal for him, but 
can he avoid the confrontation?
- Mohamed Seddiki Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival (US, 2017)
- International Audience Prize at Brussels Short Film Festival (Belgium, 2017)
- César selection 2018

Debout Kinshasa ! (Get Up Kinshasa!) by Sébastien Maitre, 2017 - 20’
Fiction – Legend
No polished shoes, no school! Ten-year-old Samuel is about to discover how to muddle through in beautiful Kin(shasa).
- Selected at Tampere Film Festival (Finland, 2017)
- César selection 2018






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