Dom Juan and The Great Game in Filmmakers of the Present
by Fabien Lemercier
- The feature debuts by Vincent Macaigne and Nicolas Pariser will have their world premieres at Locarno, in the competitive parallel section
Standing out among the 14 titles accepted into the competitive Filmmakers of the Present section of the 68th Locarno Film Festival (5-15 August 2015 – read the article on the films in the running for the Golden Leopard) are two majority French and three minority French productions.
A world premiere is on the cards for Dom Juan [+see also:
interview: Vincent Macaigne
film profile] by Vincent Macaigne. The actor (The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
film profile], Eden [+see also:
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile], La bataille de Solférino [+see also:
film profile]) has stepped behind the camera for the first time to make an adaptation of Molière’s classic of the same name, styled as a contemporary road movie. The cast includes such names as Loïc Corbery, Serge Bagdassarian, Suliane Brahim, Alain Lenglet, Julie Sicard and Gérard Giroudon. Produced by Iconoclast, the film was co-produced by Arte France, La Comédie Française, Euromedia and Maïa Cinéma.
There will also be a world premiere for The Great Game by Nicolas Pariser (winner of the Jean Vigo Award for his short film La République). Starring Melvil Poupaud, André Dussollier and Clémence Poésy, the director’s feature debut revolves around Pierre, a 40-year-old author who had his moment of glory at the beginning of the 2000s and who meets a mysterious man one evening on the terrace of a casino. This enigmatic figure, who is influential in the world of politics, charismatic and manipulative, soon places a strange order with Pierre, which will plunge him back into a past that he would have preferred to forget, and which will put his life in danger. In the midst of all this chaos, Pierre falls in love with Laura, a young, far-left activist; but in a world where everything seems to have a false bottom, who can be trusted? Produced by Emmanuel Agneray and Jérôme Bleitrach for Bizibi, this thriller was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and is sold internationally by Bac Films.
Lastly of note in Filmmakers of the Present are three minority French co-productions: Keeper [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile] (read the news) by Guillaume Senez (co-produced by Offshore with Belgium and Switzerland – sold by Be for Films), Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
interview: Mauro Herce
film profile] by Spaniard Mauro Herce (co-produced by Bocalupo Films), and Olmo & The Seagull [+see also:
film profile] by Petra Costa and Lea Glob (co-produced by Epicentre Films with Denmark, Brazil and Portugal).
(Translated from French)