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Gagarine (12A)

A dazzling and wholly original take on modern-day city life, told from the perspective of a young Parisian whose dreams are far from earthbound.

Yuri lives in Cité Gagarine, a vast housing project in Ivry-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris. Now in a state of disrepair, the building is to be torn down. But this once-thriving hotbed of leftist political activism still hosts a community of residents unhappy at having to leave—none more so than Yuri, who not only figures out a way to stay beyond the council-mandated evacuation order, but to create his own orbital spacecraft within it.

Adapted by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh from their acclaimed short film, this inventive, funny and moving drama contends with themes of racism, social and economic inequality, and community action. Beautifully shot by Victor Seguin and featuring an accomplished central performance by newcomer Alséni Bathily, Gagarine is a dazzling and wholly original take on modern-day city life.

  • DIRECTORS: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
  • CAST: Alséni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven, Finnegan Oldfield, Farida Rahouadj

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