ASPHALT PLAYGROUND, Wednesday, April 2 - 8:00pm

North American Premiere

Mitraillette, 12 years of age, is a kid like any kid at his age: lively, active, dreaming. Mitraillette embodies innocence in la Cité rose, his home in the housing projects North of Paris, infected by drug trafficking and violence. But Mitraillette wants to believe in a good life like his brother Djibril, a law student at the Sorbonne. He worries about his cousin Isma, now a watchman for Narcisse, the violent neighbourhood boss.
Openly inspired by the Brazilian film The City of Gods, Julien Abraham depicts these young people’s daily lives in all its human diversity with an enlightening energy and accuracy.
“Twisting clichés in all directions, dialogues spotlight witty verbal lines. Shot on a mode of improv. with “home grown” actors, Asphalt Playground emerges as a light tale never losing sight of the seriousness of its topic” (Manuel Delort).
This original poignant film sways between drama, comedy and thriller with endearing characters!



Copresented by Toronto Black Film Festival



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: Julien Abraham
  • Country: France
  • Cast: Azize Diabate Abdoulaye, Idrissa Diabaté, Ismaël Ouazzani
  • Language: French (with English subtitles)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Year: 2013
  • Nominations: Sarlat Film Festival 2012
  • Rating: 14A


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