LES MISERABLES
Feature Narrative | 103 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2019
on 10/11/2019 and 10/13/2019
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Directed By
Ladj Ly

Produced By
Toufik Ayadi
Christophe Barral

Written By
Ladj Ly
Giordano Gederlini
Alexis Manenti

Featuring
Damien Bonnard
Alexis Manenti
Djebril Zonga
Issa Perica
Al-Hassan Ly
Steve Tientcheu


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East Coast Premiere

2019 | French | France

Starting his first day as a member of the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil—the same Paris suburb that Victor Hugo set as the location for his eponymous novel—Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) finds himself thrown into a community rife with tension and nearing a breaking point. When a surprise ambush breaks up an otherwise routine arrest, an act of spontaneous violence at the hands of one of Stéphane’s colleagues pushes them deep into the fractured realities of the neighborhood and immigrant communities they are meant to protect. Provocatively drawing a line between Hugo’s classic and the country’s contemporary realities, director Ladj Ly’s debut is a thrillingly timely look at the crippling tensions at the core of modern France.

Selected as France’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar®