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Post-film Q&A with writer/director Ladj Ly and star Djibril Zonga

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LES MISÉRABLES, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is France’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 92nd Academy Awards®


Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES, directed by Ladj Ly, follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane 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.


Filmmaker Ladj Ly is a native of Montfermeil (Seine-Saint-Denis), best known for his attention-grabbing web documentaries that depict the realities of social and political life. Ly directed his first short film, Montfermeil Les Bosquets in 1997. In 2004, he co-wrote the documentary 28 Millimeters with renowned photographer JR. After the 2005 Paris riots, Ladj was triggered by the death of two youths who were hiding in an electricity substation in Clichy-sous-Bois, and he decided to film his neighborhood for a year to make a documentary entitled 365 Days in Clichy-Montfermeil (2007). He continued his work on documentaries, and in 2014 directed 365 Days In Mali, which spotlighted a region in turmoil. In 2017, he directed his first short film, Les Misérables, which was César-nominated. That same year, he and director/writer Stéphane de Freitas co-directed the documentary A Voix Haute, also nominated for a César award. Les Misérables is Ly’s first feature film, inspired by his original short.


LANGUAGE: In French with subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes





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