DISAPPEARANCES | June
What happens when a loved one goes missing? June’s Ciné-Club follows the destinies of the ones who remain and go on a quest to find their lost relatives. From a moving comedy where a young man searches for his grandmother who escaped from her nursing home (Les Souvenirs), to a drama about a teenager falling into depression after the disappearance of her twin brother (Je Vais Bien Ne T’en Fais Pas), or a mysterious thriller following a man and his journey between France and Israel (La Dune). Finally, the cycle will close with astounding drama Les Cowboys, a movie about a father embarking on a 16-year odyssey to track down his daughter, which was in the limelight at last year’s Directors’ Fortnight during Cannes Film Festival.
« Cela pèse lourd, une absence. Bien plus lourd qu’une disparition. Parce qu’avec les morts, c’est commode, on sait qu’ils ne reviendront pas. Tandis que les lointains nous narguent ou nous font espérer. »
«The weight of an absence is heavy. Heavier than a loss. With the deceased, we know they will never come back whilst the missing ones tease us from afar or make us believe they will come back. »
Quotation from the book Vivre vite, 2015, Philippe Besson
3 ARTISTS, 3 DESTINIES | July
Country of Love, Culture, Arts. France has always been known for being inspiring to artists and a genuine talent pool, where creative minds meet. July’s Ciné-Club will follow the steps and extraordinary lives of 3 French artists, from the 20th Century. 3 artists, 3 destinies but 3 women foremost, with their own artistic expressions, characters and fates. These 3 women let their stamps on History of Art, whether it is for Sculpture, with Camille Claudel, Fashion, as in Coco&Igor or Painting in Séraphine. In the course of their lives, they also met 3 men, who had leading roles in their careers and helped them to forge their crafts and legends.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”. Coco Chanel
PARIS, PANAME | August
Paris: Capital of France, City of Love, City of Lights. Paris: Eternal City, where streets have been marked by centuries before, where all roads seem to lead to. August’s Ciné-Club will be dedicated to Paris, a city where anything can happen. Walking in the streets of Paris is like going back in time, turning the clock back. This month, you will follow the paths of several Parisian, through different eras. Dive into the 16th with La Reine Margot, at the core of major historic events or back to the 50’s (Les Quatre Cents Coups) or 60’s (Les Femmes du 6e étage). Get to also know “Paname”, a modern declination of the French capital in Gare du Nord. Whether they are famous historical characters or unknown persons, explore Paris through their lens.
“All cities have a heart, the heart of the city, where blood flows, where life is intense, where anything can happen: it is a crossroads, where all roads seem to lead to. Paris’ heart is however particular, it changes depending on anyone, it can be everywhere you want it to be. Everyone has its own Paris, within Paris.”
(Excerpt from the book Mémoires d’un tricheur, 1935, Sacha Guitry)
YOUNG LOVE | September
September rimes with Teenagers. This month, get to know 4 teenagers and their first experiences of love and emotions. The 4 movies address the topic of “Young Love” in their own way. Un amour de jeunesse shows the difficulty to forget your first love whilst J’aime regarder les filles focuses on the risks someone is willing to take to be loved back. LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ® explores the daily life and struggles of a teenage girl and the mother-daughter bond. Les Beaux Gosses, on the other hand, tackles the subject in a caustic manner, yet genuine, to enable all spectators to feel their first emotions once again.
Riad Sattouf (Les Beaux Gosses’ director): People are funny at this age. Teens express their emotions directly. I am certainly interested by teenagers because I am curious; curious about a time which seems unfamiliar to me. This time is amusing, because it is different for each generation and yet, it seems to always be the same old story.
(From an interview by Pierre-Yves Hurel for Le Petit Journal, December 2009).