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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The 10th District Court: Moments of Trials
Délits flagrants

Film still: The 10th District Court: Moments of Trials
Gold Plaque:
Best Documentary
Chicago Intl
Film Fest
"A riveting pageant of human behavior on both sides of the law unfolds with humor, poignancy and a measure of inherent majesty"
4 stars "An absolutely gripping film... involving, and sometimes electrifying"
  —The Guardian

French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon (Reporters, Captive of the Desert) known for his early career in photojournalism or his austere, yet sublime ethnographic portraitures, has directed The 10th District Court: Moments of Trials, a gripping film by recording court sessions covering the 10th arrondissement in Paris, involving 169 people appearing before the formidable Madame Justice Michèle Bernard-Requin. Bernard-Roquin's combination of patient, rational concern and unyielding devotion to justice is balanced by an intimation that she is nevertheless an agent of a system that does not work, that creates inequality and then forces those on its margins to endless cycles of poverty and crime.

Through defendant selection and editing, Depardon draws attention to issues of guilt, innocence, policing, and ethnicity in France. In the end, what emerges from Depardon's unobtrusive, yet incisive gaze is not merely a lighthearted and salaciously humorous snapshot of nuisance crimes, but a complex and intelligently observed portrait of human frailty, self-righteousness and disenfranchisement.

Directed by Raymond Depardon, 1994, France, 109 mins. In French with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, March 21 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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