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Un Film Dramatique

February 26 - March 4, 2021

Un Film Dramatique

(Dir. Éric Baudelaire, 2019)







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From February  26 - March 4, Un Film Dramatique will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Cinema Guild Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed  over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss  the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and  equipment. They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.

With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, Baudelaire (Letters to Max, The Anabasis of May...)  offers a new perspective on the realities of our current  socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As the  students debate the approaching elections and the immigration crisis,  they also seek to answer a key political question—what are we doing here together?

A work of refreshing spontaneity and continuous revelation.

- Jordan M. Smith, Nonfics

[A]  rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with  the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best.

- Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

A  worthwhile, inspiring project – and the kind of opportunity that might  go some way towards putting the kids from the 93 on a level playing  field with those from more privileged backgrounds.

- Cath Clark, The Gaurdian

As the  years pass, the shaky camerawork grows more assured, and pupil after  pupil disappears from the project, the true drama becomes time itself,  which neither life nor cinema can escape.

- James Lattimer, The Brooklyn Rail

A  lovely and intimate work that explores the possibilities of the  cinematic medium, what it means to tell a story, and the power and  liberation in shaping a narrative—all through the eyes of  middle-schoolers.

- Demi Kampakis, Reverse Shot

(Available to download after screening date)

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