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SKIRT DAY

France / Belgium, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Next Gen)

Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld

Actress Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot) spearheads this edge-of-the-seat tale of a teacher spontaneously taking her classroom hostage.

Sonia is in over her head, struggling to teach theatre to unruly students in an underprivileged Parisian suburb. When she discovers a gun in a student's bag - and accidentally fires it - she realises that for once she has her students' full attention. Sonia decides to teach the stunned class her ultimate lesson, while outside chaos reigns as SWAT teams, hysterical parents and the media gather.

Black comedy mixed deftly with social commentary, Skirt Day tackles head-on the challenges of multiculturalism, asking some very pointed questions about exactly how we should handle the collision of cultural and religious values in today's societies.

“I hope [this] reminds us that, whatever our political or religious choices, indisputable values do exist that cannot be transgressed.” - filmmaker Jean-Paul Lilienfeld

MIFF Recommends: Age 15+. Strong themes, coarse language and mild violence.

D/S Jean-Paul Lilienfeld P Bénédicte Lesage, Ariel Askénazi WS Rézo L French w/English subtitles TD HDCAM/2008

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