Shooting anecdotes, notes of intent, information for film lovers: every week, discover behind the scenes of cinema releases.
Fratè by Karole Rocher, Barbara Biancardini
With Thomas Ngijol, Samir Guesmi, Marie-Ange Geronimi…
What is it about ? Following the burial of his father, in his village in the middle of the Corsican maquis, Dumè discovers the existence of a brother, Lucien, with whom he will have to share the heritage left by the patriarch. Provided you manage to live together for a month in the family home…
Did you know ? With Fratè, Karole Rocher wanted to send a love letter to Corsica: Vezzani, the location of the film’s plot located in Haute Corse, is the village of her grandparents. The director has spent almost all her summers there since she was born, as have her daughters, her brother Patrick Rocher and, since they met, her companion Thomas Ngijol.
Magnus von Horn Sweatshirt
With Magdalena Kolesnik, Julian Swiezewski, Aleksandra Konieczna…
What is it about ? Sylwia is beautiful, athletic, energetic. She is the sports coach of the moment. With 600,000 subscribers, she is an influencer and courted by brands. But behind virtual success, loneliness, very real, cannot be shared with anyone…
Did you know ? Magdalena Kolesnik, who plays Sylwia, is an actress. When Magnus von Horn cast her, she didn’t have an Instagram account. In addition, she trained in the gym for a year, and she spent a lot of time on the networks to understand her character.
The Way to Happiness by Nicolas Steil
With Simon Abkarian, Pascale Arbillot, Django Schrevens…
What is it about ? As a child, Saul escaped the Shoah thanks to the kindertransport allowing him to go from Vienna to Brussels. Forty years later, he is the owner of a delicatessen restaurant dedicated to the 7th art where characters with unique and joyful stories meet.
Did you know ? Simon Abkarian, a regular in gangster roles, plays adult Saul. It is above all his theatrical career that motivated Nicolas Steil to choose him: “Simon is not only a complete artist (he writes, plays and directs with a talent that earned him, in 2020, to win 3 Molière for the only Electre des bas-fonds. Unheard of in the profession!), but he is also a being of rare humanity.”
Incredible but true by Quentin Dupieux
With Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker, Benoît Magimel…
What is it about ? Alain and Marie move into a pavilion. A hatch located in the cellar will upset their existence.
Did you know ? With Incredible but true, Quentin Dupieux finds Alain Chabat after Reality, At the post! (for which he lent his voice) and Smoking makes you cough (presented at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival), as well as Anaïs Demoustier after Au poste! and Smoking makes you cough. Note that Demoustier and Léa Drucker recently rubbed shoulders on Chère Léa. The latter also finds Chabat after My friends, Michel Hazanavicius’ first film for the cinema.
I tremble, O Matador by Rodrigo Sepúlveda
With Alfredo Castro, Leonardo Ortizgris, Julieta Zylberberg…
What is it about ? Chile, 1986, in the middle of the Pinochet dictatorship. Out of love for an idealistic revolutionary he has just met, a declining transvestite agrees to hide secret documents in his home. They both engage in a high-risk clandestine operation.
Did you know ? Je tremble ô Matador is originally a novel written in 2001 by Chilean LGBT writer and artist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015). Director Rodrigo Sepúlveda explains:
“This incredible work is, moreover, the only novel he wrote in his life. This love story between an old transvestite and a guerrilla who is preparing an attack against the dictatorship in the Chile of the 80s was very popular in our country. It is this work that served directly as the starting point for the screenplay that I wrote.”
Boom Boom by Laurie Lassalle
What is it about ? “I met Pierrot in the fall of 2018. A few weeks later, we demonstrated together at the heart of the Yellow Vests movement. The earth trembled and our hearts too. Our bodies mingle with thousands of others who express their anger in the street every Saturday, for months.”
Did you know ? The director filmed with a camera camera, which was not very ergonomic but which allowed her to shoot in HD: “It’s a very sensitive device, light and easy to transport. The absence of accessories, such as the steadicam, shows the extreme conditions of filming. It creates something more carnal, it seems to me.”
My Love by David Teboul
What is it about ? This is the story of a man who goes to the end of the end of Siberia. He knew love in Paris, ten years ago, he lost it. Will this frozen landscape be able to give it back to him? Will the men and women of these Siberian villages be able to give it back to him?
Did you know ? David Teboul already knew Russia very well, where he had stayed and toured for a long time. For my love, he found that there was a link between this mourning which haunted him and this lost past, this interminable mourning of the Russian people with regard to Soviet Russia.
“There was for me as for them a very powerful feeling of before/after. For me, there was a life before the death of Frédéric and another after. For them, there is life before the death of the ‘USSR and Life in Contemporary Russia.’
The Prince by Lisa Bierwirth
With Ursula Strauss, Passi, Nsumbo Tango Samuel…
What is it about ? A German gallery owner from Frankfurt, Monika has nothing in common with Joseph, a Congolese diamond dealer awaiting regularization, who survives more or less legal schemes in the same city. They think they will be able to overcome the obstacles but mistrust interferes in their love.
Magical Doremi in search of the apprentice witches of Jun’ichi Satô, Kamatani Haruka
With Tomoko Akiya, Chiemi Chiba, Kenta Hamano…
What is it about ? Three young women leading very different lives have in common that they grew up watching the Magical DoReMi cartoon. At a turning point in their existence, they meet on one of the places that has lent its features to the house of their favorite little witches.
Beyond the Peaks by Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson
What is it about ? Drawn to a black and white photograph of Alaska’s Denali National Park, three renowned mountaineers pursue the ultimate adventure by retracing the footsteps of legendary mountaineer, explorer and photographer Bradford Washburn.
Did you know ? With Beyond the Heights, Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson wanted to use their own story of modern adventure to share a much grander historical saga:
“The guilty pleasure was the fact that chasing the perfect sunset over our favorite mountains, and the logistical hype among our networks of friends who served as pilots, cameramen, weather forecasters and supporters, most of them on a voluntary basis, was just as exciting as attempting a first ascent, and a whole lot of fun to experience.”