The Great Man

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, October 9, 2015

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the French drama “The Great Man,” an international festival favorite that depicts the stresses of war and immigration. The movie tells the story of French Foreign Legion soldiers Hamilton and Markov. While finishing their five years of service with a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, the inseparable friends are ambushed during a unofficial expedition, leaving Hamilton seriously wounded. Despite saving Hamilton’s life, Markov — an undocumented Chechen immigrant — is dishonorably discharged and left adrift in Paris, struggling to reconnect and provide for his son, Khadji. When Markov is killed in an unexpected accident, Hamilton is served by conscience to look after the kid of the man who saved his life. Directed by breakout French filmmaker Sarah Leonor, whose work has been compared to Claire Denis and Michael Haneke, and starring Jérémie Renier. In French and Chechen, with English subtitles.

Director: Sarah Leonor
U.S. distributor: Distrib Films
France • 107 minutes • Not Rated

Screening Sponsor:
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A Central Valley-based law firm with offices in Fresno, CA and Guanajuato, Mexico, Lazaro Salazar Law provides immigration assistance to individuals and families who are seeking visas, lawful permanent residency, citizenship, or defense against deportation. Lazaro Salazar Law also facilitates visa issuance at U.S. consulates around the world. With many years of experience, their attorneys are experts in immigration law.

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Filmworks thanks Jewel FM 99.3, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their ongoing support.

Reviews

"It’s a modest stunner that’s so suffused with generous humanity that you’re never sure who the title actually refers to." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"It manages to feel both real and otherworldly at the same time, revealing the extraordinary obstacles faced by France’s anonymous underclass as they navigate a society that leaves them little room for maneuver." — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"It’s a modest stunner that’s so suffused with generous humanity that you’re never sure who the title actually refers to." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"It manages to feel both real and otherworldly at the same time, revealing the extraordinary obstacles faced by France’s anonymous underclass as they navigate a society that leaves them little room for maneuver." — Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.