L’Année Prochaine, a first feature film about first times
by Aurore Engelen
- Vania Leturcq explores the sparkling brilliance of friendship, fleeting in its very nature, providing a backdrop for a talented pair of actresses, Constance Rousseau and Jenna Thiam
Clotilde and Aude have always been friends. As they turn eighteen, they prepare to sit their baccalaureate exams, and wonder what the future holds for them. Or rather, Clotilde is making plans for both of them. Brainy, withdrawn and a bit stubborn, she feels stifled in her provincial school and dreams of being elsewhere, above all Paris. She thinks she knows not only what she wants, but what Aude wants too. Aude, on the other hand, lives in the moment. As flamboyant as her long red mane of hair, she seems to take to life in her small town like a duck to water. Wielding a sexuality that some might call unbridled, she is swept off her feet by Sébastien, who has more planned for the two of them than just one evening’s encounter. But that’s without taking Clotilde’s plans into account. The latter, keen to follow in her parents’ footsteps, decides that she and Aude will move to the capital to pursue their studies, which she has all figured out: philosophy for one, fine arts for the other. Carried by her friendship with Clotilde and the faith the latter has in her, Aude is won over. But the ambition of these two social climbers peters out in the face of the harshness of the academic environment, with cruel comments from their peers and changing feelings. Whilst society forces them to decide what they want to become, it’s even more important that they know who they are. And to discover this, what could be better than for them to lose themselves?
Vania Leturcq injects great energy into L’Année Prochaine [+see also:
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L’Année Prochaine was notably awarded the Silver Zenith at the Montreal International Film Festival, and was selected to compete at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers. The film is produced by Hélicotronc, which currently has a number of films in the pipeline. In months to come it will be releasing Un homme à la mer [+see also:
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film profile] by Jean-Philippe Martin, currently being filmed. Hélicotronc is also currently working on producing its first TV series, La Trêve, by Matthieu Donck, on which filming has yet to start. L’Année Prochaine was co-produced in France by Off-Shore, which often works with Hélicotronc, with the support of the CCA, the RTBF and the Alsace Region.
(Translated from French)