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September 24, 2018


(Dir. Claude Lanzmann, 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!
A tribute to Claude Lanzmann, co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum.


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Napalm is the story of the breathtaking and brief encounter, in 1958, between a  French member of the first Western European delegation officially  invited to North Korea after the devastating Korean war (4 million  civilians killed) and a nurse working for the Korean Red Cross hospital,  in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  Nurse Kim Kun Sun and the French delegate had only one word in common,  that both could understand: “Napalm”, hence the title. Claude Lanzmann  returned to Korea without the permission to film and each take  represents an extraordinary victory over the permanent control of the  regime’s political police, who discovered the real reasons for his  return, sixty years later, to the peninsula of this extreme  North. (uniFrance)

A mini-masterpiece... to my mind one of the year’s most romantic films.

- Christopher Small, Sight & Sound

[A]  fascinating and gripping story, at least partly for what Lanzmann  leaves out and a possibility he does not wish to acknowledge

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

It’s  in the natty particulars and the way Lanzmann remembers them — slow,  honest, sometimes arduous — that Napalm finds its value as a cultural  document and political statement. [It's] deeply realistic about the pain  and impossibility of human experience in a hawkish world in which  gunless wars are the unremitting norm.

- Jaymes Durante, 4:3

Napalm  mines Lanzmann’s own prejudices and past to reveal that a mere passing  anecdote in the 20th century’s political and human history in fact holds  at its core the wisdom of the tragedy of the battle of communism and  capitalism.

- Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

A supreme storyteller... In Napalm [Lanzmann] uses his own experience to fuel the narrative. What results  is a unique look at a place and people who we have mostly known through  news reports or government propaganda, but rarely in movies through such  a human point of view.

- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

(Available to download after screening date)

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