GAGARINE (98 NR)

GAGARINE

SUMMARY

Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” – before it disappears into space forever .

The film was shot on the cusp of the actual demolition of the Cité Gagarine housing project in collaboration with its residents in Ivry-sur-Seine.

DIRECTORS:  Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
WRITERS:  Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh, Benjamin Charbit
STARS: Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven


 

REVIEW

“Cité Gagarine was demolished in 2020, but it’s central to this unusual blend of realist drama and sci-fi fantasia, where life and dreams mix in strange and soulful ways.”

Philip De Semlyen, Time Out