My Golden Years in the Fortnight
by Fabien Lemercier
- Arnaud Desplechin’s film will be presented on 15 May in the famous parallel section at Cannes
Having been ruled out of the official competition of the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015) at the very last moment, My Golden Years [+see also:
film profile] by Arnaud Desplechin has very quickly found another showcase to host it on the Croisette, as it will be screened on Friday 15 May in the 47th Directors’ Fortnight.
Starring Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollin and Mathieu Amalric, the eighth fiction feature by the director revolves around Paul Dédalus, who is about to leave Tajikistan. He starts to reminisce… about his childhood in Roubaix… about his mother’s moments of madness… about the bond that kept him close to his brother Ivan, a pious and violent child… about when he was 16 years old… about his father, an inconsolable widower… about that trip he took to the USSR, when a secret assignment led him to offer his own identity to a young Russian man… about being 19 years old, about his sister Delphine, about his cousin Bob, about the evenings he spent with Pénélope, Mehdi and Kovalki, the friend who was forced to betray him… about his time studying in Paris, about his encounter with doctor Béhanzin, about his budding vocation for the field of anthropology… and above all about Esther, the love of his life, “a fanatical sweetheart”... The screenplay was written by the director himself together with Julie Peyr.
Produced by Why Not Productions on a budget of €3.94 million, My Golden Years was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, it was also backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts and by Pictanovo. Distribution in France will be handled by Le Pacte on 20 May, and international sales are managed by Wild Bunch.
For the record, Arnaud Desplechin has taken part in the Cannes competition five times (with The Sentinel in 1992, My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument in 1996, Esther Kahn in 2000, A Christmas Tale [+see also:
film profile] in 2008 and Jimmy P. - Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian [+see also:
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile] in 2013) and once in the Venice competition (in 2004 with Kings and Queen [+see also:
The complete selection of the Directors’ Fortnight 2015 will be unveiled on Tuesday 21 April at the Forum des Images in Paris.
(Translated from French)