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A Week of French Language Cinema


Gaspard Ulliel as Saint Laurent

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

March 18-23, 2022

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz presents… A Week of French Language Cinema March 18 – 23, 2022

For the thirteenth year, Theatre Raymond Kabbaz works in collaboration with the Consulates of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, and Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles to present A Week of French Language Cinema, with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed French language films, from Friday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The program includes notable films from these and other French-speaking countries. 

This collection of feature films celebrates the richness and diversity of the global French-speaking population, and relishes in the variety of stories told in one language across all five continents.

A Week of French Language Cinema is celebrated every year in conjunction with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)’s annual celebration of French language and Francophone cultures on March 20th.



Saint Laurent 

Friday March 18th, 8:00 PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz 

Yves Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career. This period is also a dark one for him, teased by professional and personal dramas, but also by its tumultuous relationship with the dandy Jacques Bascher and his partner Pierre Berger. The movie concentrates on his work methods, his 2 muses’ meeting, Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux, his excess of the night but especially on the daily isolation and the pressure exerted on Saint Laurent.

Director: Bertrand Bonello; France; 2014; French, 2h30min


40th César Awards: Best Costume Design

20th Lumières Awards: Best Actor

5th Magritte Awards: Best Supporting Actor

International Cinephile Society Awards 2016: Best Actor

Nominated for:

2014 Cannes Festival: Palme d’Or

40th César Awards in 9 categories

Globes de Cristal Award: Best Actor

Louis Delluc Prize: Best Film

20th Lumières Awards in 5 categories


Saturday March 19, 8:00 PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

While in exile in Switzerland, a 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast prepares for the European Gymnastics Championships when Euromaidan protests begin in Kyiv, involving her relatives. While the young girl must adapt to her new country and keep on training, the Ukrainian revolution enters her life and will upset everything…

Director: Elie Grappe; Switzerland, France; 2021; French, 1h35min 


Oscar of the Best International film (2022): official selection to represent Switzerland

Cannes Festival (2021): « Semaine de la critique » selection, SACD Prize

Angers European First Film Festival (2020): Visio Foundation award for feature film script

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (2021): Audience award (international competition), TV Prize

Je m’appelle human (Call Me Human)

Sunday March 20, 8:00 PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

“Savage,” says Josephine Bacon, “means to be completely free.” When the elders leave us, a link to the past disappears with them. The Innu woman of letters, Joséphine Bacon, embodies this generation that witnessed a time that is soon to be over. With charisma and sensitivity, she leads a fight against oblivion and the disappearance of a language, a culture and its traditions. Following in the footsteps of Papakassik, the caribou master, Je m’appelle humain proposes an incursion into the History of a Multi-millennial People alongside a free woman who has devoted her life to transmitting her knowledge and that of her ancestors. In her language, Innu means “human”.

Director: Kim O’Bomsawin; Canada; 2020; French, 1h18min


Prix Gémeaux: Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Sound, and Best Original Music (2021)

FCVQ: College Prize (ex aequo) & Special Mention Grand Prix Competition – feature film (2020)

VIFF: Best Canadian Documentary (2020)

CIFF: Best Canadian Documentary & Audience Award (2020)

Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival: Audience Award (2020)

Cinémania: Faces of Francophonie TV5 (2021)

PCCQ: Prix collégial du Cinéma québécois 2021

La miséricorde de la jungle (The Mercy of the Jungle)

Monday March 21, 8:00 PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz 

War-weary Sergeant Xavier and fresh recruit Private Faustin are accidentally separated from their Rwandan battalion inside Congolese territory when it is called out suddenly on a nighttime raid. They face a lack of water, food, and threats from malarial fever and jungle wildlife. The two seek to reunite with the battalion by heading westward but must remain wary of interacting with the local population given Congolese antipathy to the Rwandan Army and the presence of irregular rebel factions.

Director: Joël Karekezi; Rwanda, Belgium, France, Germany; 2018; French, 1h31min


Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), 2019: Best Director Prize, Best Achievement in Make-Up Prize, Best Achievement In Costume Design Prize

Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou: Golden Stallion of Yennenga

Nominated for:

10th Magritte Awards, 2020: Best Actor

Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), 2019: nominated in 5 other categories

14 jours, 12 nuits (14 days, 12 nights)

Tuesday March 22, 8PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Isabelle Brodeur embarks on a journey to Vietnam, her adopted daughter’s birthplace. Her path leads her to the woman who was once her daughter’s nanny. Doing so, Isabelle learns the existence and whereabouts of her daughter’s biological mother. Throughout this stunningly beautiful journey, Isabelle discovers her daughter’s country through the eyes of the woman who brought her into this world. This pilgrimage of sorts, leads the two women to unveil their innermost secrets.

Director: Jean-Philippe Duval; Canada; 2019; French; 1h39min


Prix Iris: Best Cinematography (2020)

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival: Audience Award – World Cinema (2021)

Nominated for

Canadian Screen Awards: Best supporting Actress (2020)

Prix Iris: Best Actress & Best Editing (2020)


Wednesday March 23, 8:00 PM @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

A seven-year-old girl witnesses her older brother being bullied. Though he swears her to secrecy, she tells their father and soon finds herself the victim of bullying as well.

Director: Laura Wandel; France; 2021; French, 1h12min


FIPRESCI Prize of Cannes Festival’s section « Un certain regard»

Sarajevo Film Festival 2021 : section Kinescope, Special Award for promoting gender equality : Special Jury Mention.

Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) 2021 : Best International Film

Haifa International Film Festival 2021 : Golden Anchor of the Best First Film

BFI London Film Festival 2021 : Sutherland Award

Pingyao International Film Festival : People’s Choice Award – Best Film

Festival cine por mujeres, Madrid : Best International Film


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