A week of French Language Cinema in LA


Theater Raymond Kabbaz will present the annual week of Francophone films March 18 – 22, 2013. Screenings starts at 7:45PM. Theater Raymond Kabbaz is located at 10361 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Tickets are free by RSVP to : rsvp.trk@lyceela.org.
For more information go to www.trk.us.com

Monday, March 18
”Sister” (2012)
Written by: Antoine Jaccoud and Ursula Meier
. Directed by: Ursula Meier. 
Cast: Léa Seydoux , Kacey Mottet Klein
Synopsis: Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Léa Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory. Distributor: Adopt Films
 “Sister” was in competition at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Special Award – Silver Bear. The film was the Swiss 2012 Official Foreign Language Oscar submission .
Tuesday, March 19
Seducing Doctor Lewis (Release date: 2003)
Written by: Ken Scott
Directed by: Jean-François Pouliot
Cast: Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin, Benoit Brière, Lucie Laurier 
Synopsis: St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village in what some may call the middle of nowhere. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, wearing patched sweaters and glum expressions, and remembering the good old days when the catch was good, the fishermen were proud, and life seemed a lot more magical. Then one day, a chance at salvation: a small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on a boat to the faraway village. But how to convince handsome, young, urbane Dr. Lewis to stay in this dreary little spot on the map? As it turns out, the answer lies in just a bit of seductive subterfuge–along with a tapped phone, a hastily assembled cricket team, and something called Festival de Beef Stroganoff.  Distributors: Dogwoof pictures (UK), Wellspring Media (USA)
“Seducing Doctor Lewis” won the Audience Award at 2004 Sundance Film Festival
Wednesday March 20
“The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (France)
Written and Directed by     Robert Guédiguian
Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.
Inspired by a poem by Victor Hugo, The film begins at the retirement party of Michel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), a former union rep for dockworkers whose job has just been eliminated
His family chips in to send him and his wife off on a dream vacation to Kenya, but before they can pack their bags thieves burst into their home and steal all their money. Suspecting that one of the assailants might have been a former co-worker,  Michel starts to reflect on his own past of union activity—on the compromises and back-room deals, on the loss of ideals, and especially the failure of his generation to provide a future for young workers. ( You can’t lose your ideal if you don’t have any to begin with.) Guédiguian, like a warmer fuzzier Loach, digs into the moral dilemmas of old time socialists in conflict with the Get rich quick post-Globalized present. No nihilism, no irony, an old fashioned drama.
 Winner of both the Audience Award Best Film  and the Silver Spike Best Film
at the 2011 Valladolid International Film Festival   
Winner of the 2012 French Film Critics’ Étoile d’Or Best Female Newcomer (Anaïs Demoustier)

Thursday, March 21
”A pas de loup” (Release date: 2011)
Written by: Olivier Ringer and Yves Ringer 
Directed by: Olivier Ringer
Cast: Wynona Ringer, Machin Ringer
Synopsis: In a world not so long, in a time not so far away, there lived a little girl like any other. However, she was almost certain to be invisible to his parents. To be sure, she decided to disappear and then began an extraordinary adventure…
Distributors: DistriB Films 
The European Children’s Film Association (EFCA) selected the Belgian family feature “A pas de Loup” (“On the Sly”) for the inaugural EFCA Award for Best European Children’s Film of the Year. Directed by Olivier Ringer, “A pas de Loup” was selected for the prize by 60 members of the EFCA who are active in the children’s film industry.

Friday, March 22 
”Laurence Anyways” (Release date: 2012)
Written and Directed by Xavier Dolan 
Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clement, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri  
The story of an impossible love between Fred, a woman, and Laurence, a man who reveals his inner desire to become his true self: a woman. Set during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the story spans a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and tribulations that they face.
Distributor: MK2 Distribution 
“Laurence Anyways” competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where Suzanne Clément won the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress. The film was also awarded with the Queer Palm Award at the festival. Xavier Dolan‘s film has been nominated for the 2013 Cesar Awards in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.


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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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