The Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. will be partnering with Bloombars, a cultural space located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, to bring Washingtonians a selection of French and francophone films the first Tuesday of every month. The May and June offerings are Au-dela du nuage YONAOSHI 3:11 (“Beyond the Cloud”) and Du vent dans mes mollets (“The Dandelions”), respectively. Bloombars was just named in the Best of DC as the 'Best Arts and Culture' non-profit by Washington City Paper. The bustling arts center was founded in 2009 by John Chambers.
THE SERIES AT A GLANCE:
May 6, 2014 Screening: Au-dela du nuage YONAOSHI 3:11 (“Beyond the Cloud”)
Keiko Courdy, a Japanese director of French origin, set out shortly after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima on March 11, 2011, to meet the inhabitants of the affected areas. For more than a year, she interviewed some of the 343,000 people who were still living in temporary refugee housing, including some 100,000 in Fukushima, for this documentary. Courdy also met with many well-known Japanese personalities, including Naoto Kan, who was prime minister during the crisis. The work explores the immense changes caused by the disaster and the possibility of revival.
June 3, 2014 Screening: Du vent dans mes mollets (“The Dandelions”)
The heroine of this charming comedy, sparkling with Jewish humor, is nine year-old Rachel Gladstein. She suffers from the excessive quantities of love and meatballs lavished on her by her over-caring parents. She can hardly wait for school to restart and, when it does, her life is turned on its head. She gets to know Valérie and the two become friends. Rachel enjoys the fact that life at Valérie's place is so much more relaxed than at home and makes the most of it. Directed by Carine Tardieu.
Both films are subtitled in English. Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds will help support both the Alliance Française of Washington, D.C. and BloomBars. Free popcorn and refreshments provided.
These films are made available in partnership with Institut Francais IF Cinéma.
Bloombars is located at 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington D.C