La Vie scolaire
Sunday, October 3, 2021
FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Dir. Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir, 2019, France. 112 min. Color
With Zita Hanrot, Liam Pierron, Soufiane Guerrab
In French with English subtitles
Idealistic young educator Samia has taken a new assignment in a difficult middle school in the Paris suburbs. With her colleagues Moussa and Dylan, she runs the team that supervises students throughout the school year, determined to be a positive influence.
In his second feature, French slam poet Grand Corps Malade and collaborator Mehdi Idir draw an empathetic, generous, and vivid portrait of the lives of contemporary French teenagers.
About Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir
In 2017, Idir and Grand Corps Malade together directed Patients, adapted from the latter’s autobiographical book. The movie was a huge success in France and was nominated for several César awards.
Grand Corps Malade is a French slammer and lyricist. His stage name translates to “large sick body” in French, a reference to his height (almost 6’4″ or 1.94 m) and to a spinal injury that requires him to walk with a crutch (after an accident in 1997, doctors told him he would never walk again). He has released seven studio albums so far, all of them reaching the top five on the charts. GCM has been awarded three Victoires de la Musique by the French Ministry of Culture.
Mehdi Idir grew up in Saint-Denis, outside of Paris. He started his career as a hip-hop dancer before directing Wanted Posse, a documentary for French television on the hip-hop dance world champion. In 2007, he met and befriended Grand Corps Malade, going on to produce numerous music videos for the slam poet. In 2015, Idir directed his first short film, Le Bout du tunnel, which won the prize for best fiction film at the Paris Urban Film Festival.