A boy, a building, and a looming big bang: Out of these elements, French directors Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh create a wondrous debut feature.
It derives such a crackle of authenticity from the physical reality of its setting that its starry-eyed metaphysics seem uncannily plausible too.
A fiction set and shot around a real event - the August 2019 demolition of the huge Cité Gagarine, a 370-apartment housing project in Ivry-sur-Seine on the outskirts of Paris. Gagarine is a dream built from debris, a rocket ship made from rubble, and a touching tribute to stratospheric aspirations thriving against the odds in even the most maligned and marginalized communities. We may be in the suburbs, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Our thanks to Curzon for this screening.