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I Kiffe NY: French Urban Cultures
Part of I Kiffe NY: French Urban
Produced by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy
Co-presented by FIAF
Since the mid-1990s French
filmmakers have turned their cameras on the banlieues, the working-class housing projects
of France. In conjunction with I
Kiffe NY, this series aims to present some of the ways in which French banlieues and
their inhabitants are depicted in film. Each film challenges the misrepresentations of the banlieues in
modern culture and the social crises facing their inhabitants.
| Emilie de Preissac
and Terry Nimajimbe
Tuesday, October 7 at 12:30pm & 7pm
Audrey Estrougo, 2006.
Color. 93 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Emilie de Preissac, Terry Nimajimbe, Paco Boublard,
A story of teenage boys and girls and the struggles that plague them, both large and small.
By simply documenting a day in their lives, Ain’t Scared reveals itself as a startling,
piercing insight into banlieue life, the likes of which have rarely been explored in
cinema since Mathieu Kassovitz’s Hate.
Meet the Director:
Audrey Estrougo presents
Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm
Join director Audrey Estrougo for a Q&A session following the 7pm screening. Ms. Estrougo,
who lived in the banlieues for several years, will discuss the influences behind Ain’t
Scared, her first fiction feature as a writer and a director.
| My City is Going to Crack
My City is Going
Ma 6-T va crack-er
Tuesday, October 7 at 4pm
Jean-François Richet, 1997.
Color. 105 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Emile Abossolo M’bo, Axel Aïdan, Rodrigue Alberto,
As two gangs teeter on the cusp of warfare in a Parisian ghetto, the young men caught in
the middle search for purpose everywhere—even in violence. My City is unwavering, a
harrowing chronicle of how combustible youth can be, and how serious the consequences of flirting
with anarchy are.
| [My] Neighbors
Tuesday, October 14 at 12:30pm & 7pm
Malik Chibane, 2004.
Color. 90 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Frédéric Diefenthal, Anémone, Jackie Berroyer, Nora Armani
Set in the Parisian suburbs, [My] Neighbors demonstrates that inspiration for great
art is often close to home. Here, a young musician discovers his many muses by turning to his
neighbors and writing about their lives and dreams. Soon, this quiet community becomes its
Meet the Director:
Malik Chibane presents
Tuesday, October 14 at 7pm
Director Malik Chibane has created a reputation as a social commentator in France, presenting
an insider’s look at modern Muslim culture. Join him for a Q&A session following the 7pm screening
of [My] Neighbors.
| Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche
Wesh Wesh, What’s
Wesh Wesh, qu’est-ce qui se passe?
Tuesday, October 14 at 4pm
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche, 2001.
Color. 83 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche, Ahmed Hammoudi,
Brahim Ameur Zaïmèche, Farida Mouffok
Just as young Mousse begins to surround himself with drugs and gangs, his older brother Yazid
returns from prison, desperate to go straight. Wesh Wesh is an intimate, penetrating
film of unusual power, exploring how a small housing project exists as a microcosm of the larger
| Sabrina Ben Abdallah
and Philippe Faucon
Dans la vie
Tuesday, October 21 at 12:30 & 7pm
Philippe Faucon, 2008.
Color. 73 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Sabrina Ben Abdallah, Ariane Jacquot, Zohra Mouffok,
Anchored by the stirring performances of its lead women, Two Ladies chronicles the
friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and her Arab caretaker, depicting their transcendence
of generational and religious differences. The resulting tale is no mere fable about an odd
couple, but rather a graceful work of humanism.
Meet the Director:
Philippe Faucon presents
Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm
Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Mr. Faucon
will not be present at FIAF on Oct 21.
The film will be screened at 7pm but the post-screening
Q&A has been cancelled.
| Fanny Valette
La petite Jérusalem
Tuesday, October 21 at 4pm
Karin Albou, 2005.
Color. 96 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Todeschini,
Hédi Tillette de Clermont Tonnerre, Sonia Tahar
In a suburban neighborhood known as “Little Jerusalem,” Laura wrestles with timeless coming-of-age
themes in a society that is rapidly changing. Raised in a staunchly Orthodox household, she
remains fiercely loyal to her faith in spite of her compulsions to the contrary, demonstrating
how personal and spiritual decisions are also political.
| The Secret of the Grain
The Secret of
La Graine et le mulet
Tuesday, October 28 at 12:30 & 7pm
Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007.
Color. 151 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Faridah Benkhetache,
Winner of three César Awards this year including Best Film, this seductive picture chronicles
a family of North African immigrants in southern France—in particular, its patriarch who, despite
nearing retirement age, dreams of opening a restaurant. This enchanting tribute to family will
open at IFC in 2008.
| Sara Forestier
Games of Love
Tuesday, October 28 at 4pm
Abdellatif Kechiche, 2003.
Color. 117 min. In French with English subtitles.
With Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani,
Writer/director Kechiche ingeniously updates an enduring love story in the high-rise projects
of suburban Paris. A chance encounter with the ravishing Lydia leaves Krimo smitten and unsure
of how to court her without suffering ridicule from friends. Inspiration unexpectedly comes
in the form of a Marivaux play in this unmistakably genuine film.
In French with English subtitles
unless otherwise noted
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
FIAF Members Free* ($2 advance tickets)
Students w/ ID $7
*Free tickets are distributed on the
day of the event.
Present your membership card at the box office.
Present your ticket and receive a 15% discount on your bill at Bistro 60 (37 E 60 St).
Valid only on date printed on ticket.
by Marie Losier. Special thanks to Malik Chibane, Audrey
Estrougo, Philippe Faucon, IFC.
Sofitel Luxury Hotels;
I Kiffe NY Festival Sponsors:
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Florence Gould
Foundation, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange),
Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère, BNP Paribas,
CinémaTuesdays is made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.
American Airlines is the official airlines of FIAF.
CinémaTuesdays is sponsored by the generous support of Lillet.
Ain’t Scared © Gaumont
Wesh Wesh, What’s Happening? © Haut et Court Distribution
Little Jerusalem © Courtesy of Photofest
The Secret of the Grain © D.R
Games of Love and Chance © Courtesy of Photofest