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Cannes best film of 2008 debuts at Little Theatre

May 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Film Society presents "The Class," winner of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm award, Friday through Sunday, May 15-17, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and $3 for students.

Teacher and writer Francois Begaudeau stars as Francois Marin, a version of himself, in this realistic portrayal of the energy, fears and frustrations common in secondary education. As Marin and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a racially charged high school in a tough Parisian neighborhood, they yearn for new ways to get through to their students. When his methods are challenged by his students, their parents and his colleagues, Marin discovers that, like most of life's tests, there are no easy answers.

Written by Begaudeau and directed by Laurent Cantet, the 2008 film is shown in French with English subtitles. It has a run time of 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for offensive language.

Parking and directions

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane on WMU's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre.


For more information, visit kalfilmsociety.net, contact the Kalamazoo Film Society at kalfilmsociety@yahoo.com, or call the Little Theatre movie line at (269) 387-8221.

Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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