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The French Dispatch

November 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm PST

SCL Screening Q&A: The French Dispatch




Thursday, November 18, 6:00 PM PT

*** Limited capacity: RSVP ASAP ***

Please be mindful of the SCL’s Code of Conduct.

On the occasion of the death of its beloved Kansas-born editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr., the staff of The French Dispatch, a widely circulated American magazine based in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, convenes to write his obituary. Memories of Howitzer flow into the creation of four stories: a travelogue of the seediest sections of the city itself from The Cycling Reporter; “The Concrete Masterpiece,” about a criminally insane painter, his guard, and muse, and his ravenous dealers; “Revisions to a Manifesto,” a chronicle of love and death on the barricades at the height of student revolt; and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner,” a suspenseful tale of drugs, kidnapping and fine dining. R | 108mins

Two-time Oscar®-winning composer Alexandre Desplat is one of the most respected film composers in the world today. Desplat first captivated American ears with The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Birth. The two-time Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner has since scored a range of acclaimed films, eleven of which have been Oscar®-nominated: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Imitation Game, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Painted Veil (for which he received a Golden Globe®), and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs, and The Grand Budapest Hotel (which won the 2015 Oscar® for Best Score). Desplat’s thematic score to Guillermo Del Toro’s film The Shape of Water won the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Original Score and garnered a 2018 Golden Globe®, a BAFTA® and a 2019 Grammy® nomination. Most recently, Desplat scored Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which was nominated for a 2020 Golden Globe® and an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.

Desplat’s work also includes Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken; his second collaboration with Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl; Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards; Illumination Entertainment’s box office smash hit, The Secret Life of Pets, as well as the sequel, The Secret Life of Pets 2; Florence Foster Jenkins, Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Kathryn Bigelow; The Twilight Saga: New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2; Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and The Sisters Brothers, and George Clooney’s comedy-crime feature Suburbicon as well as his Netflix sci-fi feature Midnight Sky. Desplat’s work can currently be heard in theaters in the Wes Anderson comedy The French Dispatch. Upcoming is the highly anticipated Netflix animated musical feature Pinocchio, directed by Guillermo del Toro.


Check-in begins 5:30PM.

If you RSVP but are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation by 10:00AM, Thursday, November 18.

Free for current SCL members (click here to check your membership status) plus one guest who will stay for both the screening and Q&A.

Guests of SCL members may NOT attend without the member invitee, or if the member RSVPs, but cannot attend and cancels.

Please allow extra time for traffic and check-in.

This invitation is non-transferable.

– In the event of a waitlist, please be sure to sign up twice if you intend on bringing a guest (limit 1 guest per member).

– Please follow the SCL Member Code of Conduct 

– Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the screening. Masks will be enforced throughout the screening and Q&A.