Mad Love wins the Grand Prize of the Americas
by Fabien Lemercier
- The feature by Philippe Ramos, starring Melvil Poupaud and produced by Alfama Films, has emerged triumphant at Montreal
The international competition of the 39th Montreal World Film Festival has ended in victory for Mad Love [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe Ramos, which was yesterday crowned with the Grand Prize of the Americas 2015.
The fourth feature by the filmmaker, following Adieu pays (2003), Captain Achab [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Best Director Award at Locarno in 2007) and The Silence of Joan [+see also:
film profile] (Directors’ Fortnight 2011), Mad Love stars such names as Melvil Poupaud, Dominique Blanc, Diane Rouxel and Jean-François Stévenin. Written by the director, the story starts off in 1959: a man found guilty of a double murder is sent to the guillotine. From the bottom of the basket that has just caught it, the dead man’s head starts talking: everything had been going so well! He was a much-admired priest, a wonderful lover, and his earthly paradise seemed never-ending...
Produced by Paolo Branco for Alfama Films for a budget of €1.79 million, Mad Love received backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts. Distribution in French theatres will be taken care of by Alfama from 16 September; the firm is also managing the title’s international sales.
(Translated from French)