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Young French Cinema at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz December 16-18, 2020

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz is featuring select titles from Young French Cinema 2020 on Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, and Friday 18th of December at 8:00pm. These films have been on the international festival circuit and have not been distributed in the US – films you will not see anywhere else

The three-night extravaganza explores the best of emerging French directors and represents the three major types of filmmaking: documentary, short, and feature-length. TRK has selected themes for each night with an overall emphasis on gender diversity (with half of the films directed by female filmmakers), and deft storytelling. 

This program is made possible with the support of TV5MONDE, UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Night 1 - Documentary

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On the first night, (Wednesday, December 16, for audiences 18 years and up), TRK presents Delphine and Carole, a powerful documentary feature by Callisto McNulty about the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s. The film includes rare footage which bears witness to the struggle to combat systemic misogyny and support the rights of women. Here you’ll see important archival interviews including Simone de Beauvoir, Jane Fonda, Marguerite Duras, and Chantal Akerman.

Night 2 - Short Films

On the second night (Thursday, December 17), TRK presents a collection of three acclaimed short films, and gems of their genre. The first The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady by Gabriel Abrantes, is an animated comedy about a statue that escapes the Louvre. The second, The Tears’ Thing by Clémence de Poésy is about an actress who perhaps takes her role too seriously. The third, Ahmed’s Song, by Foued Mansour and set in the public baths of Paris, describes the budding relationship between a teenager and an old man.

Night 3 - Feature Film

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The third night (Friday, December 18) offers up a feature-length film by Marie-Sophie Chambon Stars by the Pound. This charming blend of heartfelt coming-of-age story and a zany road movie is an inventive and uplifting paean to accepting yourself without letting go of your dreams, lifted by stirring performances by its four young leads.