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VIVE LE FRANCE and The Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

In collaboration with the Consulates of France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada, the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, and Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles Part of the annual Celebration of La Francophonie around the world! LOS ANGELES, CA – For the ninth straight year, the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents A Week of French Language Cinema in Los Angeles, with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed Francophone films, from Sunday, March 18 to Friday, March 23, 2018. The program includes notable films from Switzerland, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Quebec and Belgium. All films include subtitles in English. All screenings are preceded by receptions, which begin at 7:00pm. In order to ensure attendance, tickets must be purchased for each screening ($5), or $20 for the whole week. They can be purchased via this link: http://tinyurl.com/ofmdyxh or this link for the package: https://tinyurl.com/y9unpd5e. This is a non-profit event. Support goes directly towards the theater’s operating costs. Non-assigned seating. Screenings are suitable for audiences ages 13 and up unless otherwise noted below. This program is presented in collaboration with the Consulates of Canada, Belgium, France and Switzerland, the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, and Le Lycée Francais de Los Angeles. Sponsors include TV5Monde, ELMA, l’Institut Français, KCRW, Organization Internationale de la Francophonie, les vins Louis Latour, and Unibroue. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz at Le Lycée Francais de Los Angeles is located at 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310-286-0553). To learn more about Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, please visit http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com. “This collection of short films, features, and animation celebrates the richness and talent in the international Francophone filmmaking community,” says Pierre Leloup, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Director. “This event is part of the global Celebration of La Francophonie, which is held annually in March. French is the most widely spoken language on the planet and the only one, together with English, to be spoken on all five continents. The members of the IOF (International Organization of La Francophonie) share more than just a common language. They also share the humanist values promoted by the French language”. Schedule Sunday, March 18, 2018 • Switzerland Opening reception: 7:00pm – Screening: 7:30pm Short movie: Mon ange (My Angel) – directed by Gregory Casares Moka – 90 min Directed by Frédéric Mermoud – The director Frederic Mermoud will introduce the movie and be present for a Q&A at the end of the screening. With: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, and David Clavel Diane Kramer is led by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha-colored Mercedes that hit her son and devastated her life. With a few belongings, some money and a gun, she goes to Evian, where the driver lives. But sometimes the path of revenge is more tortuous than it seems. Diane will have to face another woman, friendly and mysterious. Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uALwtCMnaw8 Monday, March 19, 2018 • Burkina Faso Reception: 7:00pm – Screening : 7:30pm Wallay – 84 min. Directed by Berni Goldblat. When a young French ruffian is sent back to his father’s native land of Burkina Faso, he learns how to cope with life on the other side of the Mediterranean in Wallay. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSKV_7q6vLw Tuesday, March 20, 2018 • Canada Reception: 7:00pm – Screening: 7:30pm Iqaluit – 102 min. Directed by Benoit Pilon. Travelling to the Arctic for the first time, Carmen arrives in Iqaluit to tend to her husband, Gilles, a construction worker who has been seriously injured. Trying to get to the bottom of what happened, she strikes up a friendship with Noah, Gilles' Inuk friend, and realizes they share a similar story. Together, Carmen and Noah head out on the Frobisher Bay—she, looking for answers to her questions; he, trying to stop his son from committing what can't be undone. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I2nXGTEmAA Wednesday, March 21, 2018 • France Reception: 7:00pm - Screening: 7:30pm Short movie: Violence en reunion (Group Violence) – directed by Karim Boukercha with Vincent Cassel Swagger – 84 min. Directed by Olivier Babinet. Swagger takes us into the minds of eleven children and teenagers with astonishing personalities who are growing up in some of France's most underprivileged housing projects. The film shows us the world through their singular and unexpected gaze, their funny and incisive thoughts. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNniWa-uM2E Thursday, March 22, 2018 • Quebec Reception: 7:00pm - Screening: 7:30pm Short movie: Je suis une actrice (I’m an actress) - directed by Benoît Lach Origami – 99 min. Directed by Patrick Demers. David is travelling. He's on a unique trip that doesn't take him from one place to another but from one moment in time to another. Seeking to better understand the strange power he has to move around in his own timeline, David will eventually have to confront the deconstructed chronology as well as his own repressed past. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5479010/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Friday, March 23, 2018 • Belgium Closing reception: 7:00pm. Screening: 7:30pm. Short movie: Inhibitum - directed by L'Atelier Collectif Le tout nouveau testament (The brand new testament) – 113 min. Directed by Jaco Van Dormael. God lives with his wife and daughter in a shabby building in Brussels. But he’s far from the Supreme Being of the Holy Scriptures. On the contrary: he is a sadistic, grumpy and selfish God, who gleefully works to bring misery to humanity. Tired of all this pettiness, his adorable daughter decides to awaken humanity by sending text messages with the exact dates and times of their deaths to all the people on the planet. Then she goes in search of brand new apostles to write a Whole New Testament. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOHzswBN0IQ ………….. La Francophonie – Every year around the world, March is the official month of La Francophonie, with celebrations in dozens of countries to honor the vibrant global French-language community. The month-long festival celebrates the international French speaking populace (referred to by the term La Francophonie). French is an official language in 33 countries on 5 continents. It is the second most commonly studied foreign language in the world with nearly a half billion speakers globally. Over 2 million speak the French language at home in the United States. The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) – The OIF represents this large international linguistic community and supports projects around the world during the annual Celebration of La Francophonie in March. In addition to sharing a common language, members also share the humanist values we share, such as human rights, gender equality and strength through diversity. Created in 1970, its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 80 member states and governments (57 members and 23 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 220 million French speakers. The OIF’s four main goals are: • to promote the French language and its cultural as well as linguistic diversity • to promote peace, democracy, and human rights • to support education, training, higher education, and research • to develop cooperation for sustainable development Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz – Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz is a non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion of art and culture in the West Los Angeles area. This 220-seat theater welcomes multidisciplinary and multicultural shows. TRK’s mission is to be an open window on French and international cultures, as well as to inspire and sustain a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Links: Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Event Page – http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com/2017/03/05/a-week-of-french-language-cinema-3/ Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/791213661065076/ * * * For more information, photos, or to schedule an interview, please contact Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz at 310-286-0553 or trk@lyceela.org.


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