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Le Havre

Directed by Aki Kaurismaki

“A heartfelt hat tip to the power of community and cinema.” —Time Out New York

In this warmhearted portrait of the title French harbor city, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a bohemian shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that mixes nods to classic French cinema with wry wit, Aki Kaurismäki’s new film is a charming, deadpan delight. Also starring renowned Finnish actress Kati Outinen (a regular in Kaurismäki’s films). After winning the International Critics’ Award at Cannes, Le Havre has played to acclaim at the New York and Chicago film festivals (garnering the grand prize at the latter) and been selected as Finland’s official Oscar submission. 2011, 35mm, in French with English subtitles, 103 minutes.


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