La Clef revival (Paris, France) in conversation with Star and Shadow Cinema (Newcastle, UK)
La Clef is a historical cinema located in the heart of Paris and born in the 70s. For almost 50 years, the cinema has attracted audiences with its eclectic program, affordable prices, debates with directors and festivals. It was then sold to the Works Council a French bank which decided to sell it. On September 20, 2019, Home Cinema Association decided to illegally occupy La Clef. The demand is simple: "We commit ourselves to no longer occupy the place as soon as we have a written and oral confirmation, and in front of journalistic and legal witnesses, that this cinema will remain an independent Parisian cinema, and an associative cinema above all else." Since the first day of occupation, a different film is screened every evening at a free price. There is no hierarchy of genre, duration or means of production. Thanks to all its support, Home Cinema decides to stay until the appeal trial, on September 21th, 2020.