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Lost in Frenchlation Black History Month: ‘Les Misérables’

February 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


☞ FILM: ‘Les Misérables’ directed by Ladj Ly (105min)
☞ DATE & TIME: Thursday 20th February – Drinks and snacks available from 7pm at the cinema bar; screening at 8pm.
☞ CINEMA: Cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004, Paris
☞ TICKETS: €9.50 full price; €7.50 for students and all other concessions. Tickets available ONLINE and at the door.

☞ MOVIE TOUR TICKETS: pre-screening “Midnight in Paris” movie-themed walking tour from 5pm to 7pm. €15, tickets available online only:


French-Malian Writer-director Ladj Ly (‘Speak Up’) new film has exploded on the French film scene. The Cannes Jury Prize–winning debut feature became France’s Oscar submission, with Ly becoming the first black French filmmaker so honored. Almost an update of « La Haine » or Spike Lee’s « Do the Right Thing » “Les Misérables” is inspired by the violent 2005 Paris riots, which primarily involved youth of African descent.


France has won the World Cup. Summer has arrived. It should be a good day. « Les Misérables » begins here in Montfermeil, the same banlieue of Paris where part of Victor Hugo’s chef-d’oeuvre on the downtrodden of France also took place. A century and a half later, Ly picks up the thematic threads of the great writer in a modern take on revolution against a broken system.- Synopsis

“Les Misérables is an example of the work of directors who are audacious and diverse, and want to challenge traditional narratives of what it means to be French. During a time of rising nationalism and right-wing politics in France, Ly’s film further reverberates with an urgency, as this isn’t merely a portrait of a community: it is a study of a nation on the brink.” – TIFF

Watch the trailer (with English subtitles) here:


The screening will take place at cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, located in the area of Le Marais, by Centre Pompidou. We will be offering a selection of Parisian drinks and snacks during our cocktail hour from 7pm. Then, at 8pm, the screening begins! Tickets available both online and at the cinema. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment as this event is likely to sell out.


Lost in Frenchlation and Ciné-Balade have teamed up to bring you a two hour walk into the history of cinema: Welcome to Paris in the 20s, through the lens of Woody Allen and the Lost Generation. Just like Gil in the movie, you will travel back in time and meet mythical writers and artists who found a new home in Paris in those times. In the Latin quarter, one of the most frequently shot in Paris, you will find the movie locations and breathe the magic and whim of the New York director. The walk starts at 5pm and lasts for approximately 2h. ☞ LIMITED TICKETS:

To quote the film’s closing text: “There are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators”

À bientôt…

Click here ( to see the Facebook Event.

🎬The Lost in Frenchlation Team, in parntership with Fondation des États-Unis.


February 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Luminor Hôtel de Ville
20, rue du temple
Paris, 75004 France
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