Francophone Film Series: Dheepan

CANCELLED | Texas Spirit Theater | R | 115 min. | Crime, Drama

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Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, this program is cancelled as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our community.

May 28, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Jacques Audiard's film Dheepan.

Three Sri Lankan refugees pretend to be a family as they try to make better lives for themselves in a Parisian housing project.

Event Details

Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger. In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe. Arriving in Paris, the 'family' moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his 'wife' and his 'daughter', but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior's instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.

This screening is part of the Francophone Film Series, which brings a rich diversity of cinematic work featuring the Francophone world, a linguistic bloc that covers twenty-nine countries and encompasses countless cultural identities. In its second season, all films explore ideas of leaving and migration. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Alliance Française d'Austin and Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club. Films in the Francophone Film Series are presented in French with English subtitles. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with the exhibition, Becoming Texas, which explores French influences on early Texas history, and includes a film screening and Q&A with guest moderator, Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club Director, Julia Podgorsek. Come early and explore the 1st floor exhibit, and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Initial entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors. The Spirit Theater is located on the second floor of the Museum.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: R
Suggested age: 18+
Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré
Director: Jacques Audiard
Runtime: 115 min.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Release year: 2015

About the Film

Dheepan received nine nominations for the César Awards in 2016 and was the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.


About the Filmmaker

Jacques Audiard was born in April 1952 in Paris. He began his screenwriting career in the 1980s then his directing career in 1994 with SEE HOW THEY FALL selected at Semaine de la Critique and winner of the César Award for Best First Feature Film. He then directed A SELF MADE HERO (winner of Best Screenplay Award at Cannes Film Festival in 1996), READ MY LIPS (winner of César Award for Best Screenplay in 2001), THE BEAT THAT MY HEAR SKIPPED (winner of César Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Adaptation), A PROPHET (winner of César Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 2009), RUST AND BONE (2012) and DHEEPAN (Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2015).

About the Moderator

Julia Podgorsek has promoted the exhibition and presence of French and Francophone Cinema in Austin,TX since 2015. Born and raised in France, she graduated from La Sorbonne-Paris with a Masters in American Studies and Film. In 2014, she moved to Austin where she started to develop and direct Alliance Française of Austin's Film Program with the creation of Ciné-Club, a monthly screening of contemporary French films presented in partnership with L'Institut Français and Unifrance. As a film program director, a cultural mediator and a French, literature and film teacher, she works actively towards making French and Francophone cinema and culture accessible to Austonians.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

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