French Truly Salon: Being 17

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France | 2016 | 116 minutes | André Téchiné

January 17, 2018

French Truly Salon

6:30 PM | Reception featuring delicious French treats and wine from our sponsors
6:45 PM | Presentation: History of Homosexuality in France (in English)
7:45 PM | Film: Being 17 (in French with English subtitles)

Damien and Thomas are French teenagers from very different upbringings who go to the same high school but can’t stand each other. When circumstances bring Damien’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain) to invite Thomas to live with them, the young men are forced to coexist and work through their emerging attraction and complicated desires.

$25| $20 (SIFF Members)

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Due to a family emergency the presentation for this show will be prerecorded.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018


History of Homosexuality in France | Let us explore the history of homosexuality in France from Ancient Rome, transitioning to Christianity, to finally seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel with the artistic richness of 19th century France, society which attracted many international gays such as Oscar Wilde searching for a refuge. A beginning of tolerance resulting in a series of crucial laws of the 20th and the 21st centuries.


The French Truly Salon is a monthly series co-presented by SIFF and French Truly. The French Truly Salon is an experience unique to Seattle, marrying French language, culture, history and cinema. The evening starts with a French cultural keynote presentation by Virginie Paradis, the theme carefully selected to relate to a French feature film. The evening also includes a reception featuring French cheese and hors d'oeuvres while the guests mingle. All films presented in French language with English subtitles.

Reception features pastries from La Parisienne French Bakery and imported French wine courtesy of J Wines.

  • Original Language Title: Quand on a 17 ans
  • Director: André Téchiné
  • Principal Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
  • Language: French