Online Ciné-Club: Vif-Argent ("Burning Ghost")

Online Ciné-Club: Vif-Argent ("Burning Ghost")

Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m.
This event is a free discussion. See below for how to rent the film ($8)
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed the morning of the event

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This week we'll be looking at the second of the three films in our premieres series with Kino Lorber, a ghostly romance centered on a young man who can see the recently-deceased and his unexpected encounter with a familiar face. This week's film is...


Vif-Argent / "Burning Ghost" (2019) 

An Alliance Française exclusive with Kino Lorber - watch here.

Dir. Stéphane Batut, 2019, 104 min
With Thimotée Robart, Judith Chemla, Saadia Bentaïeb

This debut feature film by director Stéphane Batut centers around Juste, who can see dead people. He wanders the streets of Paris, escorting the ghosts he encounters into the afterlife after collecting their last memory. But Juste’s liminal existence is thrown into jeopardy when a young woman named Agathe recognizes him, and he falls madly and illicitly in love with her.

Vif-Argent won the Jean Vigo prize for Best First Feature Film ; was presented at the 2019 Festival de Cannes, and also won the Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2019 prize (among others).

"A beautifully made minor-key tone poem about love, loss and death, ‘Burning Ghost’ marks a promising second turn at the helm for French casting director Stéphane Batut." — The Hollywood Reporter

Let's talk about it! 




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.