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To mark the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Filmatique presents C'est Cannes!, a diverse collection of films that have premiered on the Croisette.
Young filmmaking trio Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis explore the nuances of empowerment, gender roles and working-class Europe in their debut Party Girl, an affectionate portrait of Theis' mother who got married for the first time at age 60. Celebrated Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse tackles the financial and emotional aftermath of a failed marriage in his chamber drama After Love, while prolific Nouvelle Vague auteur Philippe Garrel examines the disparate means by which men and women practice, and understand, infidelity in L'ombre des Femmes (In the Shadow of Women). Real-life medical doctor Thomas Lilti chronicles a young intern's rite of passage into the broken French healthcare system in his second feature, Hippocrates.
Featuring works from rising talents alongside films from some of France's most respected auteurs, Filmatique's C'est Cannes! Series reflects upon common French themes such as love, sex, capital, the ever-evolving role of women in society and the complex social realities that define French culture today. Comprised of an Un Certain Regard opening film, two films from Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and the closing film of the 53rd edition of Cannes' first and second-feature showcase Semaine de la Critique, C'est Cannes! celebrates the world's most prestigious film festival's role in ushering in diverse, compelling voices of contemporary cinema.
Party Girl, Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger & Samuel Theis / France, 2014
Angélique lives in Lorraine, on the border between France and Germany. Though nearing 60, her life is mostly lived by night, tending bar at a strip club and reassuring the lost and nervous men who frequent it. Though she often flirts with men to buy her drinks, Angélique understands she has a serious admirer when retired coal-miner Michel asks for her hand in marriage. Yet when preparations for the ceremony involve reaching out to her four children, and facing the lingering effects of her freewheeling past, Angélique questions the viability of her new life.
Examining a working-class European town through the eyes of a woman unsure she can change her ways, Party Girl was directed by Angélique's real-life son Samuel Theis and female French filmmakers Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq and Claire Burger. Their textured, verité debut premiered as the opening film of Cannes' Un Certain Regard competition, where it won the Camera d'Or for Best First Film and the Un Certain Regard Ensemble prize; Bratislava, where it won the Grand Prix and Best Actress; Cabourg, where it won the Grand Prix; Guanajuato, where it won Best First Film; Paris, where it won the Audience Award; Saas Fee, where it won Best Film; and Gijón, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.
After Love, Joachim Lafosse / France-Belgium, 2016
Marie and Boris have recently decided to separate after 15 years together. They have two twin girls whom they adore, a shared family home and assets that prove more difficult to divide amongst themselves considering they were never married. Complicating issues further, Boris doesn't have the cash to find his own apartment, nor does he want to leave the home he renovated for his young family.
Renowned Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse's six film portrays the dynamics of an unraveling relationship by navigating the complex interactions between economy, class and physical space. After Love premiered at Cannes' Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Munich, Stockholm, BFI London, AFI Fest and RiverRun, where it won the Jury Prize.
L'ombre des Femmes (In the Shadow of Women), Philippe Garrel / France-Switzerland, 2015
Pierre and Manon are married and living in a slightly dilapidated Parisian apartment where they're behind on rent. In addition to odd jobs, Manon works in fragile harmony with Pierre on his documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter. One day Pierre takes Elisabeth, his assistant from the film archives, as a lover. While Pierre reacts with apathy and entitlement when Manon catches her husband in the act, Manon, rather than leaving him, seeks common ground with her husband. It is only when Manon's own lover is revealed that their marriage begins to collapse.
A master of intimate and emotional ecologies, veteran French filmmaker Philppe Garrel's In the Shadow of Women plumbs the depths of infidelity— not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it is experienced and understood by men and women. In the Shadow of Women premiered at Cannes' Quinzaine des Réalisateurs; Athens, where it won Best Film; and Seville, where it won Best Actress.
Hippocrates, Thomas Lilti / France, 2014
Benjamin is a young intern at the hospital ward run by his father. While initially confident and determined, Benjamin is soon eclipsed by his partner Abdel, a foreign doctor who is obviously overqualified but has been forced to work as an intern because of his immigration status. One night Benjamin makes an error while treating a drunk patient, who dies. As his widow appears and starts demanding answers, Benjamin's father quickly covers things up— a situation that is not lost on the observant but ultimately powerless Adbel.
Charting complex moral and ethical paths for three doctors against the backdrop of France's public medical service, Thomas Lilti's second feature film is a nuanced and naturalistic portrait of individuals adrift within a dysfunctional system. Hippocrates premiered as the closing night film of Cannes' Semaine de la Critique and was nominated for 7 César Awards, including Best Film, and won Best Supporting Actor for Reda Kateb.