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The Class has been nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Oscars.

The Class has been nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Oscars.

January 22, 2009

François Bégaudeau’s autobiographical novel of trying to teach the French language to a rowdy classroom of African teenagers on the outskirts of Paris is a tour de force. Winner of the Prix France Culture/Télérama prize, The Class explores timely issues of race, class, identity, and colonial history against the backdrop of a turbulent French society grappling with a controversial immigration policy and its social consequences. The novel’s eponymous film version is directed by Laurent Cantet, stars Bégaudeau himself, and received the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

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