Online Ciné-Club · Merveilles à Montfermeil

Online Ciné-Club · Merveilles à Montfermeil

Monday, August 24 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 last of the three films in our premieres series with Kino Lorber, a quirky comedy about an eager Mayor looking to revitalize the underserved municipality of Montfermeil with some unorthodox ordinances. Join us as we take a look at:


Merveilles à Montfermeil / "Wonder in the Suburbs" (2019)

An Alliance Française exclusive with Kino Lorber - watch here. 

Dir. Jeanne Balibar, 2019, 109 min
With Jeanne Balibar, Ramzy Bedia, Emmanuelle Béart, Mathieu Amalric

As the new mayor of Montfermeil — an underprivileged municipality on the outskirts of Paris — Emmanuelle Joly has great expectations. However, two of her staffers, Joëlle and Kamel have just culminated their long separation with a finalized divorce. As the mayor starts implementing her quirky campaign promises — naps for all, rooftop farms, sexual assistance in the home, harmonization of breathing — political rivals start sabotaging her enthusiastic plans, while Joëlle and Kamel’s bickering further disrupt the administration and threaten this year’s Brioche Day.

Merveilles à Montfermeil has been presented at the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival.

"Jeanne Balibar invented a beautifully absurd comedy, served by a cohort of talented actors, from Mathieu Amalric to Marlène Saldana." — Le Monde




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.