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Uptown Flicks Presents: Speak Up

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)


There are still tickets available for overflow seating in the downstairs lounge. It's a fun and relaxed way to watch the movie. BOOK NOW!

Stéphane de Freitas, 2017, 99 min
Each year at the University of Saint-Denis in the suburbs of Paris, the Eloquentia competition takes place to determine the best orator in the class. Speak Up (À voix haute – La Force de la Parole) follows the students, who come from a variety of family backgrounds and academic disciplines, as they prepare for the competition while coached by public-speaking professionals like lawyers and slam poets. Through the subtle and intriguing mechanics of rhetoric, these young people both reveal and discover themselves, and it is impossible not to be moved by the personal stories that surface in their verbal jousts. Without sentimentality, Speak Up proves how the art of speech is key to universal understanding, social ascension, and personal revelation.

Q&A with the director of Speak Up, Stéphane de Freitas and one of the film's protagonist Leïla Alaouf, followed by a reception with delicious Intîme boutique wine and delicious food from Harlem's best French bistro & bar Yatenga.

In Partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and with the support of UniFrance Intîme Wines and Yatenga French bistro and bar. Speak Up is a A 55th New York Film Festival Official Selection.

Make it a night on the town in Harlem! To all Uptown flicks ticket holders on October 14, your second drink in on us. Our partners Yatenga French Bistro & Bar and Shrine World Music Venue offer you a second drink if you buy one. Offer is available all night : between 4-8pm, it applies on happy hour drinks only/ after 8pm the offer applies on all drinks at full price. 

About Uptown Flicks @ Maysles
This screening is the kick off event for the new Harlem film series Uptown Flicks @ Maysles, curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. This monthly series features screenings of top recent French documentaries and verite films followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions! The films presented all have one thing in common: they are questioning the current state of the world, sometimes with a radical perspective, sometimes with a hopeful look at humanity at its best, and end up opening our eyes about the role images and narratives play in bringing these issues to our awareness.

Earlier Event: October 7
BPPFF9: Cruel and Unusual
Later Event: October 17
Reel Sisters Honors Nicole Franklin