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THE ORCHESTRA CLASS (France)

October 5 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm

When violinist Simon Daoud is hired to teach the violin to a class of unruly junior high school students in an immigrant suburb of Paris, his first instinct is to run back to his rarefied world of classical string quartets.  His mission to teach these twelve loudmouths to perform the violin parts in Rimsky-Korsakov’s  cheherazade at the Paris Philharmonic at the end of the school year seems beyond impossible.  Yet as he gets to know the kids and their families, Simon’s priorities shift and he determines to do everything in his power to get them to the Philharmonic.  While the movie clock is kept ticking by this exciting objective, the film’s heartwarming core is in its portrayal of the diverse group of kids rought together in the orchestra class.  Writer-director Rachid Hami combines a documentary sensibility with a knack for bringing out his young actors’ comedic flair and dramatic intensity.  In this regard, Orchestra Class’s major discovery is Alfred Renely, the fifteen-year-old actor who shines as Arnold, a quiet boy who discovers he is a natural by taking his violin up to the roof of his
housing project every night to practice.

THE ORCHESTRA is included in the 2019 YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA  program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

DIRECTOR:  Rachid Hami
SCREENPLAY:  Guy Laurent, Valérie Zenatti and Rachid Hami
CAST:  Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi and Renaly Alfred

RUNNING TIME:  102 min
GENRE:  Dramedy

Details

Date:
October 5
Time:
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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Venue

Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres)
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
Phone:
760-325-6565
Website:
http://www.psculturalcenter.org

Organizer

Desert Film Society
Email:
info@desertfilmsociety.com
Website:
www.desertfilmsociety.org
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