The Worst Ones

France, 99m, DCP

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Screened March 24–April 6, 2023

Set in the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer in northern France, The Worst Ones captures a film within a film as it follows the production of a feature whose director turns to the local Cité Picasso housing project for casting. Eager to capture performances of gritty authenticity, the director selects four working class teenagers to act in the film to the surprise and consternation of the local community, who question the director’s choice of “the worst ones.” As the director and crew audition, rehearse, film, and interact with their hand-picked cast, jealousies are stoked, lines are crossed, and ethical questions arise, with thought-provoking and at times darkly funny results. A Kino Lorber release

In French with English subtitles

Winner: Grand Prize Winner, Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard

A film by Lise Akoka Romane Gueret