THE DOORS ARE OPEN
AT LA CLEF REVIVALEVICTION IMMINENT!
The collective which has occupied the LA CLEF cinema for more than two years has until January 31 to leave the premises. Faced with this threat, we do not intend to give up or put the key (la clef) under the door! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! The doors of LA CLEF will be open all week to those who are concerned. The future of cinema!
MOBILIZATION CONTINUES THIS WEEK!
The police department ordered us to leave the premises of LA CLEF today at the latest. Starting tomorrow at 6am, we will be more expelled than ever!
KEEP SUPPORTING US!
- Today, at 3:30 PM: WANG BING will be present after the screening of his film THE MAN WITH NO NAME !
- Tonight at 8:30 pm: CARTE BLANCHE LEOS CARAX: UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE (1982) by Jacques Demy, followed by an exchange with Leos Carax!
AND TOMORROW, TUESDAY, we invite all our supporters to come and occupy LA CLEF beginning at 6 am. We will welcome you inside the cinema with coffee, croissants and surprise screenings, in accordance with health measures. COME IN NUMBERS. YES!
To support LA CLEF REVIVAL from afar there is a petition here. When I know of other ways of support, I will post them. You can follow LA CLEF REVIVAL via their main website, or via social media: FB, Twitt, Insta; they post across all of them with gusto. Last night Frederick Wiseman was there with JUVENILE COURT. Today Wang Bing and Leos Carax. Tomorrow, day of eviction, Valerie Massadian's NANA and GO FISH by Rose Troche. . .
The order was given to evict us as soon as possible. The cinema that our collective has been occupying and supporting for two and a half years is the property of a union of executives, the CFE-CGC, at the head of the works council of the Caisse d'Épargne, in a hurry to sell the building to the highest bidder and annoyed by our stubborn presence within its walls.
For the past two and a half years that we’ve been fighting to preserve the last association-run cinema (cinéma associatif) in Paris, we have invented a way of seeing and making films that arouses unprecedented enthusiasm and solidarity. Nearly 15,000 spectators attended more than 500 screenings – rare, forgotten or fragile works, shown for pay-what-you-can (prix libre) admission to allow everyone to discover them.
More than a hundred filmmakers have given us their support by coming to meet the public of La Clef. Institutions and public authorities welcome our actions in favor of distribution and creation. We have set up a residency for young filmmakers, Studio 34; initiated free image education workshops for schoolchildren, La Petite Évasion; organized two radio podcasts, with concerts, interviews, roundtables...
In short, we have worked, on a voluntary basis, to create a place of discovery, encounters and creation, essential in a context where culture is constantly undermined by the economic imperative and by the health crisis.
We have also worked on concrete solutions to buy La Clef and continue this commitment independently.
We manage a strong endowment fund of more than 100,000 euros in individual donations, and several pledges from various patrons. As we’ve already mentioned in a previous forum (here), this mode of acquisition would make it possible to buy the walls without impacting the current operation of the cinema. La Clef would remain independent and would no longer be a simple product of speculation on the property market. Its eclectic and collective programming, its practice of pay-what-you-can admission would be preserved in the long term, by ensuring that the place continues to be run as a non-profit association.
At the same time, we’ve succeeded in having our model accepted by institutions in the film industry. Thus, the pay-what-you-can projections that we've been making since the opening will be recognized by the CNC in the event of the legalization of our situation. The Studio 34 creation residency has enabled us to collaborate with many associations and production companies working to promote emerging creation, making La Clef a real matrix of the cinema of tomorrow.
Finally, and this is our greatest pride, we have set up a collective, horizontal, and inclusive organization, representing an ideal of self-management. La Clef is more than a hundred volunteers who run the cinema by freeing themselves from the managerialist, sexist and racist schemes that too often govern the world of work. We say it again: everything opposes us to the potential buyer, Groupe SOS, a juggernaut of the so-called "social and consolidated" economy, led by the deputy director of La Republique En Marche, and working to transform the association-led environment into a lucrative business. For more information on this group, the evil methods of its leaders and the fundamental differences between this billionaire group and our collective, we invite you to read our previous forum (here).
From the beginning, and this is the lot of any occupation, our main problem has been the owner. It must be said that dialogue with the CFE-CGC has never been possible. We have sometimes been caricatured, portrayed as dangerous troublemakers, sometimes despised, our independence serving as a pretext to marginalize us. In its stubbornness to cede the building to the Groupe SOS, the leaders of this executive union have, it seems, never been able to grasp the importance that their own movie house has acquired since we’ve been occupying it. Or perhaps the race to the highest bidder is ahead of any ethical questioning.
Because in the current political climate, faced with the resurgence of fascism, the decline of public freedoms, the worsening of social inequalities, La Clef has become a vital island of emancipation, both for its spectators and for those who occupy it. If we organize sessions at pay-what-you-can admission, it is because we are, for the most part, precarious. If we project and produce queer, anti-racist, radical films, it is because they are works that resemble us. If we give so much space to emerging creation and to the most current stories, it is because we come from the same generation, which, from economic crisis to health crisis, refuses to resign itself.
At a time when the Police Department is carefully preparing our expulsion, we would like to address ourselves publicly to the CFE-CGC, to its executives but also to its members.
Be aware that by expelling our collective, you are destroying more than two years of unprecedented cultural and creative effervescence, representing an artistic ideal for many local residents, film lovers, filmmakers and workers in film and the culture in general. Be aware that by abandoning the last association-run cinema in Paris to a billionaire group whose predatory practices are gradually undermining the associative milieu, your union is participating in the current reactionary offensive, always stifling a little more those who fight on a daily basis for more solidarity, inclusiveness, dignity.
The Occupants of the La Clef Cinema
at 34 rue Daubenton, Paris 5th.
AN INJURY TO ONE (CINEMA) IS AN INJURY TO ALL (CINEMAS):
THIS IS TRUE ABOVE ALL IN CINEMA, WHERE ALL EFFORTS OF ALL COUNTRIES CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUSTENANCE OF THIS GREAT ART AND ITS POSSIBILITIES FOR KNOWLEDGE AND LIBERATION.
I SUPPORT LA CLEF REVIVAL CINEMA AND ITS PEOPLE, THEIR ASSOCIATION, THEIR OCCUPATION, AND THEIR CONTINUATION, WHICH IS TO SAY I AM AGAINST THEIR EVICTION AND THE ARRESTING OF THE CINEMA (EVERYWHERE!), AGAINST THE LANDOWNERS, SPECULATORS, AND POLICE WHO ENFORCE THEIR CRETINOUS RULE OF CAPITAL (EVERYWHERE!).