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Screen Talk with Director Olivier Babinet
(Led by Isabel Duffy)

Friday April 7th 2017
From 8 pm to 10 pm
At The Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco

In partnership with AproposSF

Photos by Carol Vaziri

  • Nominated at the Acid Cannes festival
  • Nominated at the 2017 Cesar award in the best documentary category
  • Music by renowned artist Jean Benoit Dunckel (Air).
  • NOVEL CINÉ is partnering with The 60th San Francisco International Film Festival which will be taking place April 5-19, 2017, for the screening of SWAGGER in their Schools at the Festival educational outreach program.


A beautifully shot, deftly edited documentary about life in the projects of the tough Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, as seen through the eyes of eleven middle school students, most of whom are first generation French citizens. Speaking directly to the camera as if it were a long-trusted confidante, these extraordinary young people talk about love, being French, life in the projects, and their visions of the future. Swagger seduces not only by the maturity, generosity, and frankness of its memorable subjects, but by the filmmaker’s efforts to lift it out of the quotidian by including charming flights of fancy that illustrate the children’s unspoken dreams. Shot in bold colors, with breathtaking aerial photography and a score by Jean-Benoît Dunckel, one half of legendary French electronic duo Air,  Swagger is much more than another documentary about children’s resilience in challenging circumstances. But perhaps the film’s greatest accomplishment is to leave the viewer feeling they have made eleven new friends in a place they had never dreamed of visiting.

This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Special thanks to:

Olivier Babinet for his energy, passion and positive attitude no matter the circumstances

Vanessa Portois-Wermter (AproposSF) and Nathalie Kaplan for being such amazing co-organizers

Adeline Monzier (Unifrance), Stéphane RÉ and everyone at the French Consulate in San Francisco for their continuous support

Carol Vaziri for her support and beautiful photos

Isabel Duffy for leading the Q&A

LostinSF for relaying with such great enthusiasm to the French community and beyond and for the inspiring interview with Olivier Babinet

Everyone at  Brava Theater Center for being such wonderful and dedicated hosts

And all the volunteers who helped make it a perfect evening: Elisabeth Guegan, Janar Tatubarva, Lisa Sohn, Juliette Chone and Bertrand Neveux