France – 90 min. – directed by Robert Guediguian – French with English subtitles
Set in Marseilles, husband and wife, Michel and Marie-Claire, are ready to travel to Africa after Michel, a dockworker, has been laid off work since his name was chosen out of a lottery he organized as president of his local union as a cost-cutting measure. Their plans are thwarted when armed robbers invade their home, stealing their travel cash and plane tickets which had been collected by their friends and family. Michel soon discovers the identity of one of the robbers, who happens to be a fellow laid-off worker struggling to provide for his young family. Michel and Marie-Claire soon find themselves grappling with their middle-class identity and cross-generational class tensions in this timely and masterful film. Robert Guediguian is amongst the most highly respected film directors of his generation whose previous works include VOYAGE TO ARMENIA and ARMY OF CRIME (Gala film at the 2010 Pomegranate Film Festival). THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO made its North American premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival where all three screenings sold out. Toronto audiences will have one final opportunity to view the film during the Pomegranate Film Festival at the Regent Theatre on Friday December 2nd before its commercial release in 2012.