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A Week of French Language Cinema at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

A Week of French Language Cinema at the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz

For the twelfth year straight, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents A Week of French Language Cinema, with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed Francophone films. The program includes notable films from Belgium, France, Canada, Switzerland, Algeria, and the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles. All films in French include subtitles in English.

“This collection of feature films celebrates the richness and talent in the international Francophone filmmaking community,” says Pierre Leloup, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Director. “

The series is 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. 

Tickets here.

Accessible online exclusively in California. All films with English subtitles.

Saturday, March 20, 2021:  Belgium
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Nos Batailles (2019)
Directed by: Guillaume Senez
Written by: Raphaëlle Desplechin, Guillaume Senez
Cast: Romain Duris, Laure Calamy, Laetitia Dosch, Lucie Debay, Basile Grunberger, Lena Girard Voss, Dominique Valadie, Sarah Le Picard, Cedric Vieira
Language: French 
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Be For Films

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.


Sunday, March 21st, 2021:  Quebec
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Matthias and Maxime (2019)
Canada (Québec)
Directed and written by Xavier Dolan
Cast: Gabriel D'Almeida Freitas, Xavier Dolan, Pier-Luc Funk
Language: French, English
Runtime: 119 minutes
Distributor: Seville International

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.


Monday, March 22, 2021:  Algeria
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Papicha (2019)
Directed and written by Mounia Meddour
Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda,
Language: French, Arabic
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Jours 2 Fete

Synopsis: 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. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021:  Switzerland
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Beyond the Horizon (2019)
Directed by: Delphine Lehericey
Written by: Joanne Giger
Cast: Luc Bruchez, Laetitia Casta, Thibault Evrand, Clémence Poesy
Language: French 
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Cinemien

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 nucleur family. In a few months he will have left behind him the innocence of his youth.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021:  Switzerland
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Higher than flames will go (2020)
Directed and written by Monique LeBlanc
Cast:  Violette Chauveau
Language: French
Runtime: 104 minutes
Produced by Christine Aubé at the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio in Moncton

Synopsis: 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 the Ukraine, the filmmaker offers a moving meditation on how we might elevate the youth that will inherit this world “higher than flames will go.”

Thursday, March 25, 2021:  France
Virtual Streaming Available in California only at 8:00 pm PST

Two of Us (2021)
Directed by: Filippo Meneghetti
Written by: Filippo Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy
Cast: Martine Chevallier, Barbara Sukowa, Léa Drucker 
Language: French
Runtime: 119 minutes
Distributor: The Party Film Sales

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 neighbours 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.