ONCE IN A LIFETIME (Les herétiers), the 2014 French film finally being released here in the USA, should leave audiences moved, chastened and with their faith restored in possibilities present in both education and young people.
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar and the young man,
Ahmed Dramé (shown below), who does triple duty as actor, co-screenwriter, and one of the actual classroom students whose real-life story this is.
Ariane Ascaride, below, whom you may remember from some of the fine films of Robert Guédiguian). The kids are pretty typical: generally uncooperative, more interested in their cell phones than in studying, and all too willing to treat some of their peers as "lessers."
Denial, which TrustMovies covered only a few days ago,)
Menemsha Films and running 105 minutes, Once in a Lifetime is having its U.S. theatrical premiere here in South Florida this Friday, October 21, in Broward and Palm Beach Counties at The Last Picture Show in Tamarac, Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, The Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton,and the Movies of Delray and the Movies of Lake Worth.
Dramé was a 10th grade student in the 2009 classroom of a dedicated history teacher, who rallied her rebellious class to participate in the National Contest for Resistance and Deportation competition portrayed in the feature film, Dramé, now an actor (Made in France, which recently opened South Florida theaters) co-wrote the screenplay with director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, as he wanted to honor the teacher who changed his life and the lives of other students in the class. In 2015, Dramé was nominated for the Cesar Award for most promising actor for his performance as Malik in Once in a Lifetime. He will be meeting with educators in South Florida on the following schedule:
Tuesday. Oct. 18 in Broward, 9:20 AM-10:50 AM at Cypress Bay HS, 18600 Vista Park Blvd, Weston, FL 33332 Ph: 754-323-0350; 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm at Flanagan HS, 12800 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 Ph: 754-323-0650
Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Palm Beach County, 7:30 AM – 8:20 AM Santa Luces HS, 6880 Lawrence Rd, Lantana, FL 33462 Ph: 561 642-6200
Thursday, Oct. 20 in Palm Beach County, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM John I. Leonard HS, 4701 10th Ave North Greenacres, FL 33463561 641-1200 10:00 AM-11:30AM Riviera Beach Preparatory Academy, 7071 Garden Rd, West Palm Beach, FL Ph: 561 881-4740
Friday, Oct. 21 in the Miami-Hollywood area, between 8:30am-11:00am (exact times TBD, check with each school, please), International Studies Charter High School, 2480 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135 Ph: 305 643-2955 & George Washington Carver Middle School, 4901 Lincoln Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33133 Ph: 305-444-7388; 3pm-4pm at the International School Of Broward, 3100 NW 75th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024 Ph: 954-987-2026