Uptown Flicks is proud to show an exclusive screening of Ladj Ly’s ambitious debut feature, Les Miserables, on January 30 at 7pm at the Maysles Cinema. Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris with a nod to Victor Hugo’s famous novel, the film is a gripping look at social injustice today. Adapted from his Cesar-nominated short film, the feature, which is a critical & box office hit in France (more than 1 million admissions after 2 weeks), won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and represents France at the 2020 Oscars.
Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=YFfdlLW9Rwg&feature=emb_logo
“We may be more than two centuries past Hugo’s story, but for Ly the revolution is just as nigh.“ — The Hollywood Reporter
Dir. Ladj Ly, 2019. 102 min. Color. DCP
With Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica
In French with English subtitles
Les Miserables follows Stephane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished Paris suburb of Montfermeil—where portions of Hugo’s novel was set—as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stephane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control.