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*Every child under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

About the Film

Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released by Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Studios), A Town Called Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events.

Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced—and animated—as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour—flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar)—ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!

About the filmmakers

Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar studied at La Cambre, the Belgian school of visual arts. Their animated shorts include the Pic Pic André Show trilogy (1995–99), Les Baltus au cirque (1998), UFO boven geel (1999), La Rupture (2000) and episodes of the award-winning series A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)(2000–03), which inspired their 2009 feature debut of the same name. A comic book series and children's book based on the characters in A Town Called Panic will soon be released.

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This program is made possible thanks in part to the Mosaïque Cultural Fund and Steven Galante, Chairman of the French Cultural Center.

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New Cinema Programming

Starting this Spring, cinema is taking the leap at the French Cultural Center. We have revisited and expanded our programming to offer you new ways to experience the best of French and Francophone cinema. While continuing the monthly Ciné-Clubs to catch up on recent films from the Francophone world, we are launching Ciné-Rétro, a two-evening marathon to discover or re-discover some 1940s to 1970s French classics and Ciné-Loulous, where children and their families can enjoy French animated gems followed by arts and crafts activities inspired by the film. As always, you will be able to mingle and discuss the films with our in-house film expert, fellow cinéphiles and francophiles.

Upcoming Events


Festinema Junior 2018: Polina, danser sa vie

March 15 and March 22, 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM Screenings

From Mar 15, 2018 To Mar 22, 2018

A free screening of Polina, danser sa vie as part of the 5th annual Festinema Junior, a national French film festival and educational outreach program for children and adolescents. For ages 13 - 15.

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Festinema Junior 2018: Swagger

March 16 and March 23, 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM Screenings

From Mar 16, 2018 To Mar 23, 2018

A free screening of Swagger as part of the 5th annual Festinema Junior, a national French film festival and educational outreach program for children and adolescents. For ages 16 - 18.

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From Mar 9, 2018 To Apr 2, 2018

This March, the gallery takes us to Haiti in celebration of Le Mois de la Francophonie. We proudly welcome several artists from the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts for an impactful and beautiful exhibition.

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