As the month of the Francophonie wraps up it’s important to remember that French is spoken throughout the world… in France, of course, but also in Quebec and in Algeria for example. Of course the French I speak is slightly different from one spoken in Canada… heck, even within France… I have a hard time understanding what my cousins from Marseille are saying sometimes 😉 But it’s these linguistic differences that make our shared language so rich. Monsieur Lazhar, a 2012 best foreign picture nominee from Canada explores this topic, among others, in a quiet and engaging film that will opens in D.C. on April 27th and will also be shown on April 13 and 17 as part of FilmFest DC.
I’m thrilled to be able to give away some tickets to a special screening of Monsieur Lazhar that will take place at 7PM at E Street Cinema, in presence of writer/director Philippe Falardeau, this Thursday (April 12th.) Monsieur Falardeau will also answer a few questions at the end of the screening. Since the film is about a teacher – the title character, Monsieur Lazhar, is a subsitute teacher and recent Algerian immigrant to Quebec who gets hired to replace an elementary school teacher who committed suicide – I thought I would make the giveaway about teachers… great teachers to be exact! Just write a quick comment either about a great teacher that you have had or about what you think makes a great teacher and I will randomly picks a few winners tomorrow. Each winner will get a pair of tickets to Thursday’s screening.