Starts Friday, January 31
Nominated for the Best International Feature Academy Award!
In his astonishing, assured feature film debut, Ladj Ly stages an unconventional police procedural in Montfermeil, the same Parisian district where Victor Hugo set his classic novel.
“A hugely impressive debut and visually arresting from first to last.” – Phil de Semlyn, Time Out
The film follows three plainclothes cops as they navigate—and inflame—the neighborhood’s simmering ethnic and racial tensions, exploring the adversarial relationship between law enforcement and the neighborhood’s poor Muslim population. Not quit an update of Hugo’s landmark work, this gripping and grounded drama does however probe the tensions between Paris’ anti-crime police and the poor Muslim population in the French suburb of Montfermeil in the present day – where little has changed in the 150 years since Hugo first characterized the strife he saw through his bedroom window. Ly’s intensely vérité approach lends even more urgency to the timely tale of social injustice, which won the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. (Dir. by Ladj Ly, 2019, France, in French with English subtitles, 102 mins., Rated R)
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