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A Week of French Language Cinema in LA

For the ninth straight year, the Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz 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.

On Sunday, March 18, Moka will be screened. 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.

On Monday, March 19Wallay will be screened. 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.

On Tuesday, March 20Iqaluit will be screened. 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.

On Wednesday, March 21Swagger will be screened. 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.

On Thursday, March 22Origami will be screened. 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.

Finally, on Friday, March 23Le tout nouveau testament will be screened. 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.

Directed by: Frédéric Mermoud
Written by: Frédéric Mermoud, Antonin Martin-Hilbert
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2016

Directed by: Berni Goldblat
Written by: Berni Goldblat, Gahité Fofana, David Bouchet
Starring: Makan Nathan Diarra, Ibrahim Koma, Hamadoun Kassogué
Runtime: 84 minutes
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 2017

Written and Directed by: Benoit Pilon
Starring: Marie-Josée Croze, François Papineau, Natar Ungalaaq
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2016

Written and Directed by: Olivier Babinet
Starring: Aïssatou Dia, Mariyama Diallo, Abou Fofana
Runtime: 84 minutes
Country: France
Year: 2016

Directed by: Patrick Demers
Written by: André Gulluni, Claude Lalonde
Starring: François Arnaud, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, Nobuya Shimamoto
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: Quebec
Year: 2017

Le tout nouveau testament (The Brand New Testament)
Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael
Written by: Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael
Starring:  Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve
Runtime: 113 minutes
Country: Belgium
Year: 2015