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US Tour of Champs-Elysées Film Festival Launches its 2020 Online Edition

Image: Le Kiosque by Alexandra Pianelli 

Organized since 2017, the US Tour of Champs-Elysées Film Festival brings to an American audience films from the two selections of French short and feature films. Through premieres of the "New French Generation” across the Atlantic, the festival aims to showcase emerging talents and new voices in French independent cinema. This event is also intended to be an echo in the United States of their action in France, for the creation of real cultural emulation between these two countries.

The 4th edition of the US tour of Champs-Elysées Film Festival is now 100% online and will take place between October and December 2020 in the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

The US Tour will take place virtually with Justine Lévêque, Artistic Director of the festival, in attendance, as well as several directors whose films have been selected in official competition this year.

The selection features the following 13 short films and one documentary : 

BEAUTY BOYS by Florent Gouëlou 

In a small village, Leo, 17 years-old, has a strong taste for make-up. His big brother, Jules, who fears to be laughed at, stands against this passion. On the night of the open stage, Leo shows up in full drag.

BLAKÉ by Vincent Fontano

In the underground parking lot of an office building, two night watchmen ensure that nothing happens to the fancy cars. The lot is empty and the night risks being long. To keep themselves company, they evoke their life philosophies, past troubles, and dreams. But fantasies can have consequences, especially in an empty parking lot where dreams and reality clash.

ON FAIT SALON by Léa Forest 

In a small hairdressing salon, 8 young boys get their hair cut. They are between 12 and 18 years old. Their paths, origins and social backgrounds diverge. While the hairdressers' skillful hands work on their heads, they talk about their relationship to the world.

SUKAR by Ilias El Faris

On the beach of Casablanca, the desire of two adolescents keeps a low profile. Children like adults keep an eye out. A fight distracts attention.

MISS CHAZELLES by Thomas Vernay

Clara and Marie are rivals. Clara is named first runner-up and Marie has been crowned Miss Chazelles-sur-Lyon. In the village where they live, tensions mount between Clara's friends and Marie's family, while the two young women seem to have an ambiguous relationship.

GENIUS LOCI by Adrien Mérigeau 

One night Reine, a young and solitary person, sees in the urban chaos a lively and vibrant movement, a kind of guide.

LE KIOSQUE by Alexandra Pianelli 

The microcosm of a magazine kiosk: the big picture in miniature. Housewives, business people and pensioners all buy their reading material here. Others just ask for directions. A humorous take on life and the people on either side of the magazine stand.

HUNSTVILLE STATION by Chris Filippone & Jamie Meltzer 

Every weekday, inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

SIN CIELO by Jianna Maarten 

In the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, two teenagers pursue young love in a region where violence may be inescapable.

QU’IMPORTE SI LES BETES MEURENT by Sofia Alaoui

 

High in the Atlas Mountains, the young shepherd Abdellah and his father are hemmed in by snow at their goat pen. Their animals are wasting away. Abdellah must go to find supplies at a market village more than a day's walk away. When he arrives with his mule, he finds the village abandoned due to a strange event that has wreaked havoc on the lives of all believers.

GRANDPA’S HANDS by Darren Colston 

A young professional, Jackson makes a rare visit with his Grandfather and struggles to reconnect due to his Grandfather's dementia.

FRISSON DAMOUR by Maxence Stamatiadis

With her brightly colored trainers and iridescent down jacket, Suzanne is a trendy grandmother. Digital tablets, emails to her girlfriends, and Bitcoin don't manage to mask the loss of her husband Édouard. She continues to talk to him, photos of them together fill her apartment. In this weird mausoleum, Édouard's double slips in between Suzanne and the ghost.

CHIENNE DE VIE by Jules Carrin

In a remote area of the French countryside, two adult slackers spend their time drinking beer. Lamiche, the older of the two by ten years, torments Yannick and leads him into a multitude of failed shady deals. Their friendship gets stuck in a rut and Lamiche finds himself alone, outcast from the world.

OCEAN by Océan 

Ocean, this is the name that this comedian was chosen. He's coming out in public in May 2018. This documentary series retraces a year of his life, from his first testosterone intake in January 2018 to his approval of a change of civil status a year later.


Full tour program and details bellow: 

1st Stop – CHICAGO

American premiere of 6 French short films competing for the University of Chicago Student Award (cash prize of $750). The event is available for students and professors only. For more details

2nd Stop - PORTLAND

American premiere of LE KIOSQUE by Alexandra Pianelli on the weekend of the 31st of October with students from Portland State University. The film will then be studied in the French language department and will be part of the curriculum.

3rd Stop - SAN FRANCISCO

From November 7 to 14 with the Lycée Français, available to current students, their parents and the alumni community. For more details
A jury composed of 7 students will award different prizes at the end of the Champs-Elysées Film festival in San Francisco. The deliberation of the jury will take place on Friday, November 13th, followed on Saturday, November 14th by the closing ceremony with prize giving. 

4th Stop - LOS ANGELES 

In Partnership with the Alliance Française of Los Angeles. To access the screenings, register with the Alliance directly. 

5th stop - SEATTLE 

In Partnership with the Alliance Française of Seattle. To access the screenings, register with the Alliance directly. Events will take place in December 2020. 

 

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