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January 9, 2018


(Dir. Neïl Beloufa. 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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In  French artist Neïl Beloufa’s acclaimed second feature, the streets of  Paris are taken by barricades and furious protesters. Antonio (Idir  Chender) and Giorgio (The Ornithologist's  Paul Hamy), an eccentric and improbable couple, take refuge in the  Hotel Occidental. Diana (Anna Ivacheff), the hotel manager, instantly  suspects their attitude and calls the police. With no proper evidence,  the officers and the hotel crew find themselves on a series of absurd  anecdotal events involving homophobia, racism, misogyny, terrorist  threats and political manipulations. The situation unfolds on a funny  and tangled story that reflects satirically the uneasy context of our  time. Official selection: Berlinale Forum, Wavelengths (TIFF),  Projections (NYFF).

Terrifically deceptive and smart.

- Andréa Picard, TIFF

A magnificent piece of mise-en-scène cinema... the freshness is undeniable.

- Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

The vivid colours and bizarro details, including evocatively shot colonialist paintings, convey that Twin Peaks-sense of both quaintness and otherworldliness.

- Ela Bittencourt, Frieze

An  entirely fresh cinematic experience. This social satire bristles  suspense as well as comedy, thanks to its confined setting and  giallo-like sound and color design.

- John Oursler, Village Voice

Like Fassbinder before him, Beloufa seeks to reflect, through artifice, on the complexity of present day bourgeois  morals and to make us see more clearly the social and political  conditions of present Europe.

- Nicolás Carrasco, desistfilm

(Available to download after screening date)

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