Rachid Hami, 2017, 102 min
This inspiring ode to the transformative power of music unfolds with a refreshingly low-key naturalism. Simon (Kad Merad) is a classical violinist who finds himself way out of his element when he signs on to teach music to a class of unruly and generally apathetic middle-school students on the multicultural outskirts of Paris. One exception: Arnold (Renely Alfred), the sensitive son of a single mother from Côte d’Ivoire, whose passion for the violin gradually energizes both his classmates and the disillusioned Simon. Empathetic without being maudlin, Orchestra Class is distinguished by the way it roots its uplifting teacher-student saga in the socioeconomic realities of immigrant life.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Algeria-born, France-based director Rachid Hami followed by a reception with complimentary food & drinks!
The film is an official selection of the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema and inspirational for pre-teens & teens (10+)!
This event is done in partnership with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and with the support of UniFrance and Intîme Wines.
Admission + Cocktail = $20
Kids 10+Admission + Cocktail for caregiver = $15
With the support of UniFrance and Intîme Wine.
Uptown Flicks @ Maysles is a new monthly Harlem film series curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. The monthly series features monthly screenings of top recent French films and documentaries followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions! The presented films 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.