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From Friday, August 10th to Thursday, August 16th,
Le CiNéMa Club presents

EASY PIZZA RIDERZ

A film by

Romain Gavras

With Dimitriu Bulatovic, Ladj Ly, Kim Chapiron, Butch Award, Tekilatex & Nazem

Directed by: Romain Gavras - Written by: Romain Gavras - Produced by: Kourtrajmé Productions - Music: Marco Casanova, Jérôme Gontier
France - 2002 - 9 min

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This week, we’re presenting Easy Pizza Riderz, a very cool early short by French filmmaker Romain Gavras produced with his highly influential DIY collective Kourtrajmé, a group of friends who wanted to shoot as much and as freely as they could in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Gavras’ wonderful sophomore feature, The World Is Yours — a great pop heist comedy that takes place between the French suburbs and Benidorm in Spain, with exciting performances from Isabel Adjani and Vincent Cassel, and new talents Karim Leklou and Oulaya Amanra — opens August 15thin France. The film premiered this year at Directors’ Fortnights in Cannes, and features beautiful cinematography by André Chemetoff, along with a perfect soundtrack mixing rap and classic French songs with an original score by Jamie XX.

In Easy Pizza Riders, an urban spoof western where people would kill for a pair of silver Reebok, the beloved French youth culture of the time is on full display: sneakers, pizza delivery, fish eye lenses, funk music. Shot when Gavras was only 21 years old, with a modest video camera, the short announces his unique talent for crafting imaginative, stylish, thrilling film sequences and for capturing era-defining moments.

“I was barely 20 when I did that short. It was a time when a friend working in a pizza delivery shop, and another friend owning a rifle and Mexican hats was enough to shoot a little film. The chase scene with scooters was probably the stupidest thing we did. Middle of Paris, no helmets, no permission, and a live working real riffle… Those were delicious times. Now I’m sad when I don’t get 5 helicopters.”

Romain Gavras

Gavras co-founded Kourtrajmé in 1994 with French filmmaker Kim Chapiron (SheitanDogpound) when the two were only teenagers.  Kourtrajmé is the inverse (French slang) of  “court-métrage,” which means short film. Their aim was to shoot raw, funny films quickly with their friends, without becoming preoccupied with any intellectual or moral meaning : “I swear not to give any sense to my films, but to make films for the senses,” declares their manifesto.

Kourtrajmé made dozens of shorts and music videos, including L’Arabe Strait 2, (Je n’arrive pas) à Danser by French rap group TTC (led by Tekilatex, who stars in Easy Pizza Riderz), and Ladj Ly’s short documentary on the 2005 riots 365 jours à Clichy-Montfermeil. The team and group of friends also included Matthieu Kassovitz (who had just made La Haine), French rapper Oxmo Puccino, French TV host and journalist Mouloud Achour, and Vincent Cassel, who can find in most of their shorts (Les Frères Wanted II: La Barbichette).

Romain Gavras quickly rose to fame as a visionary music video director, providing incredible, highly original, sometimes controversial imagery for Justice’s Stress, MIA’s Born Free and Bad Girls, Jay-Z and Kanye West’ No Church For The Wild, or Jamie XX’s Gosh. Gavras, the son of Greek filmmaker Costa Gavras, made his debut feature Our Day Will Come in 2010 and confirms with The World is Yours that he is one of France’s most exciting filmmakers.

French trailer for Romain Gavras’ latest feature The World is Yours, opening next week in France.

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Directed by: Romain Gavras
Written by: Romain Gavras
Produced by: Kourtrajmé Productions
Music: Marco Casanova, Jérôme Gontier

France - 2002 - 9 min

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