Le Cinéma Club Presents

Le Cinéma Club Presents

9 Episodes

Criterion is thrilled to partner with Le Cinéma Club for this selection of cutting-edge contemporary short films. A free and curated online cinema, Le Cinéma Club streams one film a week, celebrating a new generation of filmmakers and uncovering inspiring discoveries from the past. This program gathers some of their recent favorite films, spotlighting emerging directors and newly acclaimed voices. These award-winning films were shot all over the world, with themes that are both timely and timeless, but were selected for their distinctive storytelling. Extending across genre and form, these films are inventive, hybrid, playful, cosmic, and personal, blazing adventurous paths for the future of cinema.

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Le Cinéma Club Presents
  • Braguino

    Episode 1

    Directed by Clément Cogitore • 2017 • France, Finland

    What’s at stake when a group of humans gather in an isolated location? That’s one of the questions that drove acclaimed French filmmaker and artist Clément Cogitore to the remote reaches of the Siberian taiga, where two families, the Braguine...

  • I Signed the Petition

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mahdi Fleifel • 2018 • Germany

    Immediately after a Palestinian-Danish filmmaker signs an online petition, he spirals into self-doubt. He calls an understanding friend in London from his base in Berlin, and the two Palestinians analyze, deconstruct, and interpret the meaning of his ch...

  • Blessed Land

    Episode 3

    Directed by Pham Ngoc Lan • 2019 • Vietnam
    Starring Nguyen Thuy Anh, Minh Chau, Hoang Ha

    In the dune landscape of a cemetery—or is it a golf course?—past and present converge in the search for a grave.

  • The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady

    Episode 4

    Directed by Gabriel Abrantes • 2019 • France
    Starring Liza Lapert, Virgil Vernier, Caroline Deruas-Garrel

    Tired of being a banal architectural ornament, a sculpture runs away from the Louvre to confront real life on the streets of Paris.

  • Moving

    Episode 5

    Directed by Adinah Dancyger • 2019 • United States
    Starring Hannah Gross

    One woman’s Sisyphean attempt to transport an old mattress into a new walk-up apartment is transformed into a feat of absurdist cinematic choreography in this wordless, gracefully contained and conceived vignette full of hu...

  • Dustin

    Episode 6

    Directed by Naïla Guiguet • 2020 • France
    Starring Dustin Muchuvitz, Félix Maritaud, Raya Martigny

    In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd—including a young transgender woman and her boyfriend—dances as one to techno music. As the night wears on, collective hysteria morphs into sweet melancholy, and ...

  • The End of Suffering (A Proposal)

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jacqueline Lentzou • 2020 • Greece
    Starring Sofia Kokkali

    After Sofia suffers a panic attack on a train, she is contacted by the Universe and a cosmic dialogue ensues in this “planet symphony” by Greek experimentalist Jacqueline Lentzou.

  • Hella Trees

    Episode 8

    Directed by Ayo Akingbade • 2020 • United Kingdom
    Starring Emmanuel Adeneye

    Rafiki, an artist whose practice focuses on trees, discusses their individuality and presence. The film gently and laconically segues into a conversation about identity, wanting to confound stereotypes, and inviting peop...

  • Lizard

    Episode 9

    Directed by Akinola Davies • 2020 • United Kingdom
    Starring Pamilerin Ayodeji, Rita Edward, Charles Etubiebi

    Juwon, an eight-year-old girl with an ability to sense danger, gets ejected from Sunday-school service. She unwittingly witnesses the social underbelly in and around a megachurch in Lagos.