“This mesmerising debut about a teenager looking to fix up his Paris estate passes up the usual angry social-realism in favour of something more celestial.”- Guardian ★★★★
Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s lovely, moving feature debut, included in the Official Selection for Cannes 2020, sets its scene in Cité Gagarine – a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris – concocting a fantastical fiction around its real-life demolition in August 2019.
"This dreamlike romance can certainly be deemed a flagship for the continuation of imagination and ambition in French cinema." Screen International
Isolated, inventive 16 year old Yuri (an astonishing performance from Alseni Bathily) has lived there all his life. He dreams of becoming an astronaut, inspired by his namesake and the Gagarine’s too, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, seen in ’60s archive footage opening the complex in a more optimistic age. But now the Gagarine is in disrepair and when plans to demolish it are leaked, Yuri joins with friends Diana (Lyna Khoudri) and Houssam (Jamil McCraven) in an attempt to save it – in a stunning, magical turn, transforming the estate into his very own ‘starship’.
...a touching tribute to stratospheric aspirations thriving against the odds in even the most maligned and marginalized communities."- Variety
Wildly imaginative, Gagarine explores themes of isolation and community, using the physical authenticity of its setting to ground its starry-eyed metaphysics so that they seem almost plausible too.