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"Le Havre most richly deserves to be seen.  
It is an exceptional piece of filmmaking ... a true joy to watch ... a fascinating blend of humanity, heartbreak, and humor.   One of the most family-friendly foreign films I've seen in ages."
~ Larry Thomas, Film Critic, WVXU Cincinnati     Read the full review.

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Event Info

W H A T :
  • Director: Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/France, 2011, running time 93 minutes, in French with English subtitles.
  • Genre: Drama-Comedy
  • Social hour 60 minutes before each screening, with cash bar and a la carte hors d'ouerves from the Europa Bistro and Café.

  • W H E N :
  • One Day, Two Screenings Only
  • Sunday, June 24, 4:00 & 7:00 pm
  • Doors open for social hour 60 minutes before screenings; seating 30 minutes before screenings.

  • W H E R E :
  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011  
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
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  • T I C K E T S :
  • Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.*
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10*, available only at the door.

  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

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    859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
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    859-957-1940, Tue-Fri 12-5p

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  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

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    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

    513 871 8626

  • Downtown Cincinnati,
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    513 651 5483
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    Discussion Leader

    John Alberti

    John Alberti Dr. Alberti has been teaching at Northern Kentucky University for twenty years, where he focuses on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.

    He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989).

    One of Cincinnati World Cinema's most popular discussion leaders, Dr. Alberti brings fresh, useful insight to our post-film discussions, adding to the audience experience.

    John is currently Director of the Cinema Studies program and Professor of English at NKU, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus for the last three years.

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        Watch the Trailer

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    A soulful comedy about caring, kindness
    and the courage to do what is right

    It always seems suspicious when a film gets a 99% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes — there's probably a huge marketing budget and a lot of muscle behind the hype. But with LE HAVRE, the opposite is true — a small indie production, virtually no marketing budget and no hype.

    This film has been embraced by so many types of film writers, critics and presenters — mainstream, indie, cineaste, spiritual; young and old — in so many different forums around the world — print, broadcast, blogs, film societies — that LE HAVRE's authenticity, quality and relevance is not in doubt.

    It never opened in Cincinnati although it screened in other middle-markets like Denver, Phoenix, Omaha, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis late last year — probably because other more mainstream films could make more money. But quality, not box office success, is a critical factor in how Cincinnati World Cinema selects its films, and so here we are — this beautiful film about ordinary people who do extraordinary things is with us for just one day only, Sunday June 24, at 4 and 7 pm.

    LE HAVRE is entertaining, thought provoking and multi-dimensional — a compassionate, funny and heart-warming film, filled with ironies and random hilarities, about the importance of being kind and having the guts to do what is right. A touching story about everyday working people, it is also an homage to French cinema and French culture.

    Employing Kaurismaki's typical low-key comedic style (i.e.: it is not a "message" film), it is also about politics, community and responsibility and how we regard and react to the world-wide, and local, changes wrought by immigration.

    It offers excellent chemistry between a veteran French actor and a young Senegalese newcomer as the lead protagonists, a Finnish gem of an actress as the stoic wife, an enigmatic police detective, "Little Bob" a real-life musician known as the Elvis of Le Havre, a community full of colorful offbeat characters. And the dog Laika, rivaling Uggie in The Artist as a scene stealer.

    Well-written with authentic, down-to-earth characters using deadpan delivery to create a soulful tale, it's not surprising that LE HAVRE won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes for Best Film, received a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes, took top honors at the Chicago and Munich festivals, and was an official selection at the Toronto, New York and Locarno festivals. Demonstrating the truly global nature of cinema today, LE HAVRE, with a Finnish director, was shot in France with a French-speaking cast, produced by a triumvarate of Finnish, French and German companies and was Finland's official entry for an Oscar as best foreign film.

    LE HAVRE is family friendly — The absence of drug use, harsh language, violence and sexual situations make it suitable for young people, middle-school and older. Indeed, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce kids to subtitles and the world of international cinema. (See Roger Ebert's comments in the film review section below.)

    §  SYNOPSIS (UK)
    §  SYNOPSIS (New York)
    §  SYNOPSIS (Chicago)
    §  SYNOPSIS (Cincinnati)
    §  SYNOPSIS (FR) + the city of Le Havre today + French trailer
    §  More background on the film
    §  Nominations & Awards

    LE HAVRE offers much to enjoy and think about ... as these opinions illustrate:

    "Perfection in cinema ... brilliantly conceived ... If you see only one film this month, make it Le Havre."
         Jennifer Merin, Alliance of Women Film Journalists
         Read the complete review

    "Recommended! Eloquent use of color, impeccably stylized - Kaurismaki's warmest, most engaging film."
         Mark Jenkins, National Public Radio      Read the complete review

    "Le Havre has won many festivals, including Chicago 2011, comes from a Finnish auteur, yet let me suggest that smart children would especially like it. There is nothing cynical or cheap about it, it tells a good story with clear eyes and a level gaze, and it just plain makes you feel good."
         Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times      Read the complete review

    "Exquisite! One of the most enjoyable pictures of the year. ...this marvelous cast of characters, the exquisite comic timing, the peculiar cinematic tone and Marcel's adorable dog named Laika ... become something bigger than the movies, something as impossible and ridiculous as human goodness in a terrible world."
         Andrew O'Hehir, Salon      Read the complete review

    "Figuring that we already know something about how harsh life can be, Kaurismaki reminds us of its modest charms and fleeting beauties, and of how easy it is, in the face of cruelty, to behave decently. Le Havre is also a love letter to France, in particular to a half-imaginary, half-vanished realm of proletarian Frenchness incarnated in the films and popular music of the first half of the 20th century."
         A.O. Scott, The New York Times      Read the complete review

    "One of the ten most spiritually literate foreign language films of 2011. Kaurismaki calls Le Havre an 'unrealistic film.' Sadly, he's probably right. It is unrealistic in this day and age to focus on the poor and the elderly, to lift up the basic goodness of people, to criticize the inhumane treatment of illegal immigrants, and to show how we are all connected with each other in ways we have never considered before. Le Havre has it all - humor, sadness, health and illness, friendship and community, and doing the right thing in a world that is going a little mad with hatred for the 'other'."
         Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
         Read the complete review