le-havre_movie_web.pngAVENTURA – The Aventura Foreign Film Series concludes with Le Havre on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St. in Aventura.

Tickets are $10.  Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information for all performances are available through the center’s box office, 877-311-7469, or online at AventuraCenter.org

In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African boy Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) together with Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner.

When the boy arrives by cargo ship, the aging shoe shiner takes pity on him and welcomes Idrissa into his home. There, a journey of surprise awaits them both.

Newcomer Miguel, who was discovered during auditions in the Parisian suburb where he lives with his family and hopes to act again in the future, holds his own against an experienced adult cast in Le Havre.

Award-winning and internationally renowned director Aki Kaurismäki created a beautifully realized fable-like story with Le Harve, which is presented in French with English subtitles and hosted by Shelly Isaacs, who will introduce the film and host a post-screening discussion.

“The European cinema,” says Kaurismäki, “has not much addressed the continuously worsening financial, political, and above all, moral crisis that has lead to the ever-unsolved question of refugees; refugees trying to find their way into the EU from abroad, and their irregular, often substandard treatment.

“I have no answer to this problem, but I still wanted to deal with this matter in this anyhow unrealistic film.”