2011. Canada. Philippe Falardeau. 94 min.
Introduced by producer Luc Déry
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Canada. Written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, based on the play by Evelyne de la Chenelière. With Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Émilien Néron. Falardeau, whose Congorama was a highlight of New Directors/New Films 2007, returns to MoMA with the New York premiere of Monsieur Lazhar, a 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. One morning in a Montreal elementary school, a student finds his teacher dead of an apparent suicide. The teacher must be replaced quickly, and Bachir Lazhar, a political refugee from Algeria, believes himself up to the task. Lazhar, who is seeking Canadian asylum himself, must deal not only deal with teaching methods that are significantly different from those in his homeland, but also with a classroom of traumatized youngsters. In this tender and eloquent film both teacher and students learn from one another. Print courtesy of Music Box Films. In French; English subtitles. 94 min.