Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” – before it disappears into space forever. The film was shot on the cusp of the actual demolition of the Cité Gagarine housing project in collaboration with its residents in Ivry-sur-Seine.
"Gagarine" is the second film of the 2023 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival. It's available for viewing Feb. 6-12, 2023.
Film viewing is restricted and limited. Sign up for the film(s) you would like to see during the 2023 Albertine Cinémathèque film festival that runs January-March.
Those who sign up will be invited to the film festival's Microsoft Teams site with further instructions and access to the films, discussion board and further resources.