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"The Class" presented by 1st Friday Film Series

Friday Feb 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Film strip

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month.

Free and open to public. February film: "The Class" (2008)

February’s movie is an absolutely riveting film that pushes the boundary between documentary and fiction… to the breaking point.

THE CLASS, brilliantly directed by Laurent Cantet in cinéma-vérité style, depicts a year in the life in an inner-city, multiracial classroom of a Parisian French teacher. It was the unanimous choice of the Cannes Jury (led by Sean Penn) as the greatest film of the year. Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a French version of “Dead Poets Society" you’ll be disappointed… No Hollywood glitz here, no plot-driven, melodramatic conclusion. But if you’re looking for an astonishing, authentic picture of a gritty French school, largely improvised over a year, by a group of gifted non-actors, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen. I promise you.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

“Powerful, mesmerizing and full of moments that linger long after the bell rings.” —Newsday

“The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations.” —Roger Ebert

"Extraordinary. Fierce, funny and moving.” —Rolling Stone

“The Class is a true movie miracle: fragile yet indelible." —New York Magazine

Watch the trailer below… and please join us on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 pm. The screening and discussion are free, as always!

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