Hands Up (Les Mains en L'air)

 

Year: 2011
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 90 minutes

HANDS UP is the exciting story of Milana, an 11-year-old immigrant from Chechnya, and the friends from many countries who band together to help her. Fighting illegal immigration is a top priority of President Nicolas Sarkozy's French government, whose goal is to deport 25,000 people per year. Milana and her mother have been in France for years, and Milana seems so French that it's a shock to realize she's a foreigner. When the family of one of Milana's friends gets caught in the deportation net, the 5th graders take action to make sure they don't lose Milana too. Devising a clever hiding place and an elaborate scheme involving cell phone ringtones that's designed to outwit the adults, the entire gang of kids goes underground. Naturally they're soon missed; their families are beside themselves with worry, and the media goes wild. The kids' actions force the community to take stock and reconsider their priorities. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, who plays a sympathetic mom, became President Sarkozy's sister-in-law soon after making this movie. (In French with subtitles) –B.B.

CIFF Screenings

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 12:20 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Sidebar
Family Films

Director
Romain Goupil

Producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Screenplay
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Cinematography
Mathieu Vadepied

Editing
Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Romain Goupil was born in Paris in 1951 and took an early interest in film and politics, participating in the student protests of 1968. He has worked as an assistant director to Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard and Roman Polanski, and continues to write, direct, and act.

Select Filmography
"Half a Life" (1982), "La java des ombres" (1983), "Maman" (1990), "Letter for L…" (1994), "À mort la mort!" (1999), "Purely Coincidental" (2002), HANDS UP (2011)

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Email: t.petit@FilmsduLosange.fr
http://www.filmsdulosange.fr

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