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About the Event

Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of award-winning indie and foreign films from national and international film festivals. March’s sneak peek film selection is Gagarine, which chronicles a French housing project slated for demolition and the youth who try to save it. 

Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” before it disappears into space forever. 

This film was picked for the ill-fated 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled for the first time since 1968, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gagarine is directed by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh. 

Run time: 97 minutes 

Language: French with English subtitles 

Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of films personally selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson, former editor of Film Comment magazine, published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Jacobson created and has programmed the series since 1992. His selections may include an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary, or the next breakout hit chosen from among new independent and foreign films from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and other internationally ranked film festivals. Discussions with film scholars and special guests follow the screenings. 

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Special Discounts

Film lovers can now subscribe to the Talk Cinema series!

Subscribe and get access to 4, 6, or 8 vouchers that can be used to see the whole series or bring a friend to experience new films at the Center. Click the number of vouchers you’d like below to get started.

4 pack

6 pack

8 pack