Are The Kids Alright is a film programme curated by NFTS Film Studies, Programming and Curation student, Nicolas Raffin in partnership with the Institut Français.

The programme takes place on the 12th and 13th January 2018 at Ciné Lumière in London and centres around three coming of age feature films as well as a selection of some of the best recent European shorts curated by a group of young people led by Nicolas.

Are The Kids Alright is part of a series of film programmes curated by finalist students from the NFTS MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation , led by Sandra Hebron. The season comprises eight exhibition projects running until January 2018. They range from themed programmes and national cinema seasons to expanded cinema and online initiatives.

What is the inspiration behind your graduation project?

Nicolas: “I have nurtured two main interests during my MA in Film Programming and Curation: Film literacy and European cinema. I think these interests come from my personal assessment that both are not supported enough in the UK. The lack of film tuition in schools delays the exposure of British students to foreign-language films, and partly explains why it is so hard for the films to then perform well in UK cinemas. The tense political climate the UK is going through will not help European films get released; the UK film industry might even be withdrawn from European funding schemes.  

In reaction to this, my intention was to bring those elements together and shape an event that would both expose teenagers to European cinema, and have a wide reach. With support from the Alec Reed Academy in Ealing, I have been running workshops with a small group of teenagers, and we have programmed two shorts sessions that will screen at the event. These shorts, all European, have toured in international festivals in the past couple of years. In addition to these two shorts programmes, three feature films will screen, each portraying teenage life in a unique way.”

Which films have you selected and why?

Nicolas: “The programme is voluntarily eclectic and aims to provide the audience with a sense of what European cinema has recently produced. The short films selected are very diverse and will be revealed on December 15th on social networks and on the website.” 

“The Latvian film Mother, I Love You will open the event. This touching coming-of-age drama, winner of the Grand Prize of the Generation Plus section of the Berlinale, follows 12 year-old Raimond through his rather unstable everyday life, punctuated by minor crimes and a rocky relationship with his mother. Director Janis Nords delivers a strong social commentary about growing up in Latvia. This is a rare screening of a film that has not been released in the UK.”

“The second film from French animator and film director Sylvain Chomet, L’illusioniste, is one of the great French animated films of this century. Adapted from an original script of Jacques Tati, the film portrays an ageing illusionist suffering from the disappearance of music-halls and moving to London full of hope. He will encounter Alice in a Scottish pub, a young lady that will impact his future. It is a melancholic film, essentially about growing up and discovering, with fascination, a new form of art.”

“The event will close with a special screening of Sami Blood, a powerful Swedish drama that won the Lux Prize at the European Parliament last November. It tells the story of 14 year-old Ella-Marja, belonging to the Sami community, mostly present in the North of Scandinavia. Director Amanda Kernell talks about exclusion, minorities, and acceptance in 1930s Scandinavia, and, as we understand that we have not achieved much since in regard to these topics, her film also comments about us today.”

How can I book?

Tickets can be booked at a reduced fee of £5 per screening at the following link: