Yuri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Towers, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Yuri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” – before it disappears into space forever.

Director’s biography

Before making their first film, Fanny and Jeremy studied together at the School of Political Science in Bordeaux. They switched to filmmaking later through traveling and meeting people who made the dream more accessible. In 2014, they won a screenwriting contest that allowed them to make their first short, Gagarine, which screened at numerous festivals (Message to Man, Flickerfest, Sundance Channel). Then came La république des enchanteurs (Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand) and Chien Bleu (César Award nomination 2020, UniFrance International Critics Award). Gagarine, their debut feature, evolved out of their first short with the inhabitants of this rapidly-changing swath of Paris housing projects.

Festivals and awards

Cannes International Film Festival 2020
Zurich Film Festival 2020
Filmfest Hamburg 2020


Gagarine (fic.)
Director: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh
Country: France
Year: 2020
Runtime: 97′
Language: French
Cast: Alseni Bathily, Lyna Khoudri, Jamil McCraven
Production: Haut et Court
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