Ciné-club French Alliance of Arménia, may 2016: EUROPE

Libertés, dignités, égalité, solidarité, citoyenneté, justice... mais aussi guerres, immigration, crises économiques, prises de pouvoir... l’Europe est une entité, une identité, une histoire, une énigme. L’Alliance Française d’Arménie, dans le cadre de la Journée de l’Europe (le 9 mai), vous présente quatre films différents sur l’Europe et ses miroirs: histoire, révoltes, holocauste vu par des jeunes élèves à l’époque actuelle, politique moderne. Un documentaire, une comédie et deux fictions dramatiques pour essayer de creuser la question de l’Europe actuelle. 

Wednesday May 4th, 19h30

LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) - Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme - France - 1962 - 2h45min - Documentaire 

Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's LE JOLI MAI (The Lovely Month of May) is a portrait of Paris and Parisians during May 1962;the first springtime of peace after the ceasefire with Algeria and the first time in 23 years that France was not involved in any war.

Wednesday May 11th, 19h30 

LES LIGNES DE WELLINGTON (Lines of Wellington) - Valeria Sarmiento - France - 2011 - 2h31min - Historique
 Avec/stars: John Malkovich, Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, Chiara Mastroianni, Nuno Lopes, Soraia Chaves, Marisa Paredes, Carloto Cotta, Victória Guerra, Marcello Urgeghe, Vincent Perez, Elsa Zylberstein, Melvil Poupaud, Malik Zidi, Jemima West, Afonso Pimentel, Filipe Vargas, Miguel Borges, Adriano Luz, João Luís Arrais... 

In September 1810, Napoleonic trrops. led by Marshal Masséna, invade Portugal. During the Battle of Bussaco, Masséna is defeated. Nevertheless, Portuguese and British troops, under the command of Lord Wellington, beat a retreat. Wellington thus hopes to draw the enemy to Torres Vedras, where he has had impassable fortifications lines constructed.

Wednesday May 18th, 19h30  

QUAI D’ORSAY (The French Minister) - Bertrand Tavernier - France - 2013 - 1h54min - Comédie 
Avec/stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Julie Gayet, Anaïs Demoustier, Jane Birkin 

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn't deserve France's magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of "language" at the foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister's speeches. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.  

Wednesday May 25th, 19h30 

LES HERITIERS (Once in a Lifetime) - Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar - France - 2014 - 1h45min - Comédie dramatique 
Avec/stars: Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant, Geneviève Mnich 

The fact based story of a class of schoolchildren, teenagers, in a, from the look of it, mixed ethnic district of Paris, who's teacher decides to enter them in a competition to examine the holocaust from the point of view of its impact on young people. It contains some very emotional scenes and chronicles the change in the opinions and interactions of a typical class of adolescents.  

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