Young French Cinema

Get ready to be swept up by the winds of change reinvigorating French cinema. In this program, a new crop of rising talent is the centre of attention, with extraordinary performances by César Award-winning actresses Déborah Lukumuena (Robust, The Braves) and Lyna Khoudri (Gagarine), as well as impressive newcomers – actor Thimotée Robart (Magnetic Beats) and writer/director Luàna Bajrami (The Hill Where Lionesses Roar). Although older than most of the characters depicted in the program, fifty-something Michel (François Créton), the protagonist of The Heroics, is maybe the most childish of all.

The ordinary young women and men in these six films are strangers to the wealthy neighbourhoods of Paris that bourgeois French cinema loves to show. They share a communicative and combative energy, confronting realities and challenges that will feel very familiar to many of us.

Our Young French Cinema programme features three films in cinema from April 8 (Gagarine; Robust and Magnetic Beats) and three films exclusively streaming on VIFF Connect (The Braves; The Heroics and The Hill Where Lionesses Roar) until May 5. Robust and Magnetic Beats are available both in cinema and on VIFF Connect.

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Watch the trailer here.