Ocean · Champs Elysees Film Festival · Premiere!

Ocean · Champs Elysees Film Festival · Premiere!

With CEFF Creative Director Justine Leveque and actor/activist Lars Ebsworth

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Online registration are closed, but WALK-INS are welcome! $5 Students / $7 Members / $10 Non-Members
54 W. Chicago Avenue

Océan by Océan (France, 2019, 111 min.)

In French with English subtitles.

Her one-woman show, "La Lesbienne invisible/ The Invisible lesbian ", was a hit. Océanerosemarie was at the Alliance two years ago to present her lesbian rom com, Embrasse-moi.  We loved her! And now… we love him. Follow the transition from one gender to another in this candid and intimate documentary tracking each step toward a new identity. Hear what Ocean's mother, friends, colleagues and doctors have to say about the choice made by this talented artist…


In the presence of Justine Lévêque, the Champs Elysees Film Festival creative director and actor/activist Lars Ebsworth.


Lars Ebsworth (he/him/his) is a trans actor, activist, and producer. Recent stage credits include Jim in The Glass Menagerie, (The Chicago Inclusion Project), Male performer in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Goes LGBTQ (CTW), and Jane (replacement)/understudy to both Alberts in the Chicago trial of Albert Cashier The Musical (Permoveo Productions). Off stage, he serves as the artistic director/lead producer of Trans Voices Cabaret CHI. Lars is a 2019 recipient of The Windy City Times' 30 Under Thirty award, and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.


Each year in June, the Champs Elysees Film Festival celebrates American and French independent cinema on the most beautiful avenue in the world. It is also the most important film festival held in Paris, combining the official competition screenings of short and feature films in French and English to master classes given by directors and DJ sets on a rooftop high above the Arc de Triomphe.


I aimed to create in Paris a great film festival presenting the best of French and American independent filmmaking dear to my heart. It is essential to reclaim the Champs-Elysées Avenue as a place of culture and celebration for all. -- Sophie Dulac, Founder and President