7 short films on July 7 at 7pm

On Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m., La Cinémathèque @ La Maison Française is proud to screen seven wonderful French short films.

Eccentric, funny, moving, and… short, some of these “little” gems have been selected by the most prestigious film competitions in the world!
WHAT: Short films (details below) — Screened in French with English subtitles.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW
ADMISSION: $8; seniors/students: $5 – reservations REQUIRED
Email philippe.berthier@diplomatie.gouv.fr and provide your surname, first name and include the total number of persons attending, with the email subject ‘Short films’ screening.
PLEASE NOTE: A confirmed reservation is needed to attend.

A limited amount of free parking within the Embassy of France will be available on a first come, first served basis. Additional parking is available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot.

About the films…

1) Paul Rondin est… Paul Rondin (Paul Rondin is… Paul Rondin)
France — 2008 — 10 min. — DVD
Directed by Frédérick Vin
Cast: François Berland, Silvie Laguna, Alexandre Steiger, Christian Castillon, Mylène Guériot

Synopsis: Paul Rondin looks for love, but he suffers from a professional bias…
2) Skhizein – Animation
France — 2008 — 13 min. — DVD
Directed by Jérémy Clapin
Animated film

Synopsis: What would happen if a 150 ton meteorite landed on you? This is unfortunately what has just happened to Henri. Even so, he’s still there. Well, not exactly entirely there, just a few inches further away, precisely 35.83 inches out of sync with the rest of the world. If he wants to open a door, sit down, or pick up the phone, he must do so, performing the action 35.83 inches further away.
3) Brainstorming
France — 2009 — 12 min. — DVD
Directed by David Freymond
Cast: Solène Bouton, Benjamin Bourgois

Synopsis: Alexandre and Lea are facing their first fateful meeting. During this time, in the headquarters of their respective brains, two teams stir between strategy and hysteria for the good progress of things.
4) Jeanine
France — 2009 — 17 min. — DVD
Directed by Sophie Reine
Cast: Clara Peyrebère, Léa Drucker, Denis Menochet, Lily Peyrebère

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Jeanine can’t stand her parents anymore. Former
hippies, all they think about is having fun. To achieve the orderly and organized life she is dreaming of, Jeannine subscribes — behind their back — to a gymnastics competition, in hopes of winning the first prize, a spot in a sports academy boarding school…
5) La femme squelette (The Skeleton Woman) – Animation
France — 2009 — 9 min. — DVD
Directed by Sarah Van Den Boom

Synopsis: An unfortunate young lady identifies herself with the character of an Inuit tale, The Skeleton Woman, who is rescued by a fisherman. She escapes her daily grind with the longing of her lost lover; hoping against all hope to be rescued herself…

6) Ya Basta!
France — 2010 — 11 min. — DVD
Directed by Gustave Kervern, Sébastien Rost
Cast: Augustin Legrand, Stéphanie Pillonca, Anthony Defrance, Alexandre Brunet, Yolande Moreau, Philippe Duquesne, Gustave Kervern, Victor Kervern, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Synopsis: Two mentally handicapped persons, helped by their educators, realize the holdup of the century. With their respective talents, and in the style of Ocean Eleven, they are going to manage to steal, in broad daylight, during an exhibition, jewels of priceless value. With the money, they will go on a holiday in the sun. Well, almost.

7) L’homme à la Gordini (The Man in the Blue Gordini) – Animation
France — 2009 — 10 min. — DVD
Directed by Jean-Christophe Lie

Synopsis: The end of the 70’s, an imaginary suburb, the custom is to wear neither underwear nor trousers, only orange tops. With the help of a masked rebel driving a blue R8 Gordini, Mister R and his wife plot a radical clothing revolution and the assault on monochromic orange totalitarianism.

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