BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmGagarine

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DirectorFanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh
WritersBenjamin Charbit, Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
Running Time1HR 38MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme

Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s moving feature debut sets its scene in Cité Gagarine – a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris – concocting a fantastical fiction around its real-life demolition in August 2019.

Isolated, inventive 16 year old Youri (an astonishing performance from Alseni Bathily) has lived in Cité Gagarine all his life. He dreams of becoming an astronaut, inspired by his namesake and the Gagarine’s too, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. But now the Gagarine is in disrepair and when plans to demolish it are leaked, Youri joins with friends Diana (Lyna Khoudri) and Houssam (Jamil McCraven) in an attempt to save it – in a stunning, magical turn, transforming the estate into his very own ‘starship’.

Wildly imaginative, Gagarine explores themes of isolation and community, using the physical authenticity of its setting to ground its starry-eyed metaphysics so that they seem almost plausible too. Exploring how we communicate with buildings, how they entwine with our memories, imaginations and selves, and how we cope with the effects of forces outside our control, it’s a tender study of stratospheric aspirations thriving against the odds.

Gagarine was included in the Official Selection for Cannes 2020, and we've been looking forward to it getting a proper release since then.

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