CINE CLUB – Wednesday July 12th
Cesar nominated film, “La French” is based on the true story of a judge in Marseille who became obsessed with taking down a heroin kingpin in the 1970s. The movie has a perfectly retro feel with red-tinged club scenes, wardrobes of brown plaid, mirrors everywhere and an evocative soundtrack including Blondie and “Bang Bang.” ; a steady tension keeps things interesting and there’s something about this particular gritty true-crime story that still fascinates all these years later. Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays the judge, Pierre Michel, and Gilles Lellouche takes the role of the mob boss, Tany Zampa.
Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, THE CONNECTION was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection. A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
Presented in French with English subtitles
A discussion will follow the film. Refreshments provided!
Free for Members – $10 for non-members