Pop quiz: where in Paris can you enjoy an Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective (in his presence!), a special advance screening of Bruce LaBruce's latest (enticingly titled 'Gerontophilia'), a sprinkling of Renoir and Fellini masterpieces, and a side helping of Straub & Huillet, Albert Serra, Chris Marker and Bertrand Bonello? Answer: at the Cinéma L'Ecran, by the basilica in Saint-Denis, at the far reaches of the M13 line. One of the more exciting events on the banlieue's cultural calendar, the Utopia film festival brings together all that's most exciting in arthouse cinema, for a wildly original programme the likes of which are rarely seen on the city centre's more conservative screens. For the discerning film buff, it's a utopia indeed.
For more information (in French), including a full programme, click here.
Cinéma L'Ecran, Place du Caquet, 93200 Saint-Denis
February 5-11 2014