“a delicate film about childhood” Télérama

Exclusive West Coast Premiere



directed by RACHID HAMI

with Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Renély Alfred

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Thursday November 8 - 7 pm

Clay Theatre - San Francisco

Post Screening Q&A with director Rachid Hami

with the support of UnifranceConsulat Général de France à San Francisco

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Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished violinist, but he’s at a low point in his life and career. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school, under the direction of the kindly Mr. Farid. He gets off to a rocky start and his strict teaching style doesn’t help him connect with the more difficult students. One of these students is Arnold, a painfully shy but gifted boy who is passionate about the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the warm enthusiasm of the rest of the class, Simon regains his zest for life and rediscovers the joys of music. But will he be able to overcome the obstacles and keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?

RACHID HAMI is the director of the short film CHOISIR D’AIMER with Louis Garrel and is an actor in many films including L’ESQUIVE (Abdellatif Kechiche), KINGS AND QUEEN (Arnaud Desplechin) and LE BEL AGE (Laurent Perreau). ORCHESTRA CLASS is his first feature film.

Drama  Running time 1 h 42 min   Version French with English subtitles  Year of production 2016

2017 Venice International Film Festival

Executive Producer: Mizar Films  Co-productions: UGC, France 2 Cinéma  International Sales: Gaumont

Recommended for ages 10 and up

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