Social housing is about people and communities. To emphasize the social aspect of housing, the French association of housing corporations, ‘l’Union Sociale pour l’Habitat’, annually invites film directors to create short, fiction films about the lives of people living in HLM (Habitation à Loyer Modéré, literally translated: ‘rent controlled housing’). This is an open space providing original expressions on social housing, be it humorous, poetic, or realistic.

l’Union Sociale pour l‘Habitat will screen three short films, ‘La Fille de Baltimore’, ‘Le grand bain,’ and ‘Gagarine’. After the screenings, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, viewpoints, and visions for social housing in the presence of the film directors.

Screenings will be followed by drinks.


La Fille de Baltimore

Movie director: Jennifer Lumbroso

Synopsis: Set aside by the girls from high school, Sarah, a teenager from the « chic » neighborhoods of Paris, doesn’t feel part of this social group. Following the divorce of her parents, her father moved into a social housing dwelling, beyond Paris’s Ring. Today, for the first time, Sarah is going to visit him and will have to face doubts and fears.









Le grand bain

Movie director: Valerie Leroy

Synopsis:  Mia, thirty years old, in divorce process, has moved into a social housing dwelling. Former swimming champion, she is going to give swimming lessons to the inhabitants of the building …without pool.














Movie Directors: Fanny Liatard et Jérémy Trouilh

Synopsis: Youri is 20 years old. He lives with his mother in the suburb, Ivry, the city which saw him grow up. But demolition of the buildings is approaching: the landscape of his childhood dreams will disappear. How do you take off when you no longer have a spaceship?











L’Union Sociale pour l’Habitat


Date, time: Wednesday 14 June, 18:00 to 20:00 hrs

Location: Polanentheater, big room

Fee: none

Language: English (movies are French spoken, subtitles in English)

Contact organizer: Carine Puyol Carine.puyol@union-habitat.org