People watch a film as it is projected in the wall of an apartments building in Paris. Reuters
"We said to ourselves: ‘If we can no longer show films to an audience inside a Cinema, let’s take away the walls and show films outside’,” organiser Derek Woolfenden told Reuters on Friday, shortly before the screening of 1955 Western "Man Without a Star” starring Kirk Douglas.
Under the lockdown restrictions, Parisians are confined to their apartments except for brief outings to shop for food and exercise. But they can catch the movie by looking out or their windows or stepping out onto their balcony.
"We could feel a desire in the neighbourhood for some sort of event because there’s nothing left, the streets are empty, it’s very sad,” Woolfenden said.
The La Clef team took pains to engage the local community in its initiative: the titles to be screened each week are chosen in consultation with the neighbours.
"It’s great," said Christine Davenier, an illustrator, who was watching the film from her balcony, where she sat propped up on pillows.
"It takes us back to before, to screenings when we watched films all together."
The people behind the projections are used to adapting to changed circumstances.
The La Clef officially closed its doors in April 2018, and the owners plan to sell the property.
But since September 2019 the building has been occupied by an association of cinephiles and independent movie makers, headed up by Woolfenden, who oppose the sale and say they will stay put to ensure the building continues to serve as a Cinema.The group has been ordered to pay a 4,000-euro fine for occupying the site, but has lodged an appeal that will be heard in June.
The migrants were taken from the camp in Aubervilliers, along the Saint-Denis canal northeast of Paris, to shelters in and around the capital, the police department said.
The Louvre museum in Paris, home to the Mona Lisa, is to reopen on July 6 after the government allowed French museums and historic sites to reopen their doors following the coronavirus shutdown.
The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum and home to the Mona Lisa, reopens on Monday but with coronavirus restrictions in place and parts of the complex closed to visitors.
The late actress started her artistic life with the Al Rihani Theatrical Troupe, which she joined at the end of the fifties, when she was younger than 20 years old.
"Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he wrote. "We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
The poem addresses the human ability to rise from fall through the power of language, conveying that there is a possibility for recovery, after experiencing existential threats.