Champs-Élysées Film Festival

Champs-Élysées Film Festival

Exclusive to the Alliance! 

Friday, November 2 at 3:00–9:30
$9 for one film /Series of three $20 members / $25 non-members · In French with English subtitles
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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Why not? Take your Friday off and catch three US premieres straight from the Champs Elysées Film Festival in Paris, which bridges American and French independent cinema each year in June. In the presence of film director Samuel Bigiaoui and Justine Léveque, creative director at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival 

3:00 p.m· In French with English Subtitles

Naufragé Volontaire/ Intentional Castaway  by Didier Nion (2017, 93 min)

Alain is dying on a rubber boat, alone in the middle of the ocean. He tries in vain to formulate his last wills aloud, but his body and his mind are about to let go. Fifty days earlier, on October 18, 1952, Alain was leaving the Canary Islands aboard his boat, "The Heretic", for a crossing of the Atlantic attempting to prove to the world that a castaway can survive at sea without food or reserves of water. This film is inspired by the true story of Alain Bombard’s crossing in 1952. Larguer les amarres!

 5:30 p.m.· In French with English Subtitles. In the presence of director.

68, mon père et les clous/ Mai 68, My Father, Nails  by Samuel Bigiaoui (2017, 84 min.)

Opened 30 years ago in the Latin Quarter, my father's hardware store is a hotbed for meeting people. It is also the former playground of my childhood. But Bricomonge is about to close its doors for good. At the time of inventory and accounts, I follow my father throughout the store while I try to understand what led this Maoist militant of the 1960s-1970s, a graduate of La Sorbonne and a brilliant mind, to sell nails.


 7:30 p.m· In French with English Subtitles

La Trajectoire du Homard/ The Lobster’s Path by Vincent Giovanni & Igor Mendjusky (2017,70 min.) 

Tonight, at the Théâtre de la Tempête, it's the premiere of La Trajectoire du homard, a collective creation directed by Lionel Nakache. But one hour before the show, the tension reigns everywhere, from Lionel and its actors to the administration and the technical team. Unforeseen, crazy and dramatic situations follow one another from the dressing to the control rooms, from corridors to offices ... revealing the pathetic beauty that art and life share