Karlovy Vary: temperature 11.6
by Domenico La Porta
- Philippe Godeau was present at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to defend 11.6, his second film as a director which is taking part in the official competition.
The veteran producer of French cinema, Philippe Godeau, was present at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to defend 11.6 [+see also:
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The film is freely based on the book by journalist Alice Géraud-Arfi, which tells the story of a real and singular character who hit the headlines in France in 2009. Toni Musulin (played by François Cluzet) had been a security guard delivering money for 10 years before hijacking his own armoured vehicle, carrying 11.6 million euros. The man from Lyon ended up surrendering to the police a few days later and the stash was found with 2.5 million missing. Musulin has always denied knowing where the money was... Considered a national hero who dared to stand up to banks during the financial crisis, the former security guard, today in solitary confinement in prison, remains surprisingly famous.
For Philippe Godeau, the challenge was not to produce an action movie focused on a spectacular robbery. The director’s interest was in fact sparked by the rather taciturn man with no criminal record, apparently beyond all suspicion, who, one day, turns to grand larceny to convey a message. While the film clearly conveys Musulin’s machiavelic irony, it leaves enough information in the dark to create a real enigma surrounding this man, both disoriented in his personal life (which he vaguely shares with his partner played by Corinne Masiero, seen in Louise Wimmer [+see also:
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(Translated from French)