General · 21st October 2012
On October 26, 7:45 at Quadra Community Centre. In French with English subtitles, Rated G. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Philippe Falardeau (Congorama, It’s Not Me, I Swear!)
and from the producers of last year’s Academy Award®–nominated Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar is one of the most gripping Québécois films of the last decade. The film has already received extraordinary attention, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival ® as well as being named as Canada’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards. Following the tragic and shocking death
of a Montreal schoolteacher, Bachir Lazhar (Fellag) – a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec - swiftly pursues the opportunity to fill the sudden vacancy and come to the aid of the overworked principal and students affected by this tragedy. To these children in shock, Lazhar’s traditional teaching methods may well provide the structure they need. As more information about Lazhar’s own history is revealed, his struggles and experiences make him all the better suited to guide these children into adulthood.
“Director Philippe Falardeau brings a luminous warmth to this affecting story.” - Brian D.