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Uptown Flicks : Screening of "Before Summer ends" in Harlem

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Join us for a summery night of French Cinema with complimentary food & drinks!

Uptown Flicks @ Maysles is pleased to present a special screening of BEFORE SUMMER ENDS (Avant la fin de l'été), a bittersweet chronicle of a single summer in the life of three Iranian students living in France (in French & in Farsi with English subtitles) on Thursday, June 28th at 7:30pm at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. A Cannes Film Festival selection, the film is a favorite of the New Yorker's film critic Richard Brody who says that the "director Maryam Goormaghtigh reinvigorates the summertime road-trip genre with this lyrical, keenly observed, acutely political comedy."

Attendees are welcome to join for a cocktail party sponsored by Intîme Boutique Wine in the Maysles Cinema lounge after the screening.

This event is done with the support of UniFrance, Intîme Wines and Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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This screening is the 11th event of the new Harlem film series Uptown Flicks @ Maysles curated by Adeline Monzier and co-organized by Marie Gentine. The monthly series features screenings of top recent French films and documentaries followed by a drink to mingle and share reactions!

BEFORE SUMMER ENDS (AVANT LA FIN DE L’ETE)

Director: Maryam Goormaghtigh
Screenplay: Maryam Goormaghtigh
Cast: Arash, Hossein, Ashkan
Details: 2017. France/Switzerland. 80 min. Color. Documentary/Comedy.
Rights holder: Intermezzo Films SA, 4A4 Productions

Synopsis: As light as a feather yet anchored by the melancholy weight of approaching change, Before the Summer Ends is the bittersweet chronicle of a single summer in the life of three Iranian students living in France, an utterly unique, beguiling mixture of documentary and fiction in the perennial form of a road movie. When Hossein and Ashkan learn that their friend Arash has decided to return to Iran, they convince him to take a road trip to the south of France, secretly hoping he will meet a woman and decide not to leave. But their encounter with two young women in a punk rock band does not yield the expected results and the twin realities of living in exile or returning to a repressive society begin to dawn on them. Playing themselves, the three leading men are by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, clumsy and compelling. But the greatest feat belongs to fledgling director Maryam Goormaghtigh, who made the film on a shoestring budget, with little more than her camera, a borrowed car, her three friends Arash, Hossein, and Ashkan, and a wonderfully empathetic eye for life’s quirks.

Richard Brody - The New Yorker :
"The Swiss director Maryam Goormaghtigh reinvigorates the summertime road-trip genre with this lyrical, keenly observed, acutely political comedy. It stars three thirtysomething Iranian men living in Paris, named Arash, Hossein, and Ashkan—nonprofessional actors playing versions of themselves—who take a sentimental journey two weeks before Arash moves back to Iran. Hossein, who is married, is a floppy-haired, ironic, artsy type; the earnest and solitary Ashkan works in photography; and Arash is a socially awkward, obese student who, as a teen-ager in Iran, deliberately gained weight to avoid military service—which he’s still hoping to avoid when he goes home. As the men motor through the French countryside en route to the Mediterranean Sea, they chat about Iran and France, tradition and freedom, memories and aspirations (heightened by visions of Iranian landscapes). They also meet people along the way—notably, two musicians, Charlotte and Michèle, whose presence prompts Ashkan’s dreams of romance. Then the idyll is shattered by new political circumstances. Goormaghtigh made the film with a few thousand dollars and one assistant, but her poised, ample images and her wryly tender regard for her characters give the film dramatic grandeur to match its global embrace."

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