VANDAL, Sunday, March 30 - 11:30am

North American Premiere

When 15 year-old Chérif is caught speeding in a stolen car, his mother is at the end of her rope. With the approval of a judge, she sends Chérif to Strasburg to live with his aunt and uncle. Between his training as a bricklayer and his uncle’s harsh discipline, Chérif is seething. In the gloom and doom of his life, Thomas, his apparently goody-two shoes cousin, takes him in the new world of street art. Every night, like “stained-glass craftsmen, the modern illuminators of our grey walls” (Olivier Séguret), Chérif and a clandestine gang paint the Alsatian city with their spray cans in perfect lawlessness defying all the dangers.
Zinedine Benchenine, who has his character down pat, carries the film with a brilliant cast of actors with no less than Marina Foïs, Ramzy Beda, Jean-Marc Barr and Emile Berling. “A moving, poetic film that blends teenage straying with street art beauty. Hélier Cisterne depicts a soft airy universe where he glorifies graffiti art and makes it look almost sacred”(Mathilde Parapiglia). Adrenaline pumping adventures for all generations with a mixture of humour, romance, action, thriller and social drama.



Copresented by OCAD University




Get your tickets :

For advanced sales (available until midnight, the day before the screening):
Walkup: T.O.TIX*, 1 Dundas Street East, Yonge-Dundas Square, Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

For the screenings of the day:
The Royal, 608 College Street - Every day from March 28 to April 6, starting 1h prior to the screening. Walkup and cash only.

* Service fees on tickets purchased through T.O.TIX
The presence of guests may be subject to last minute changes, which are not Cinéfranco’s responsibility.

Additional Info

  • Director: Hélier Cisterne
  • Country: France
  • Cast: Zinedine Benchenine, Chloé Lecerf, Emile Berling, Ramzy Bedia, Marina Fois, Jean-Marc Barr
  • Language: French (with English subtitles)
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Year: 2013
  • Nominations: Festival du Film Francophone de Namur 2013 ; Torino Film Festival 2013


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