Alain Resnais, the only Frenchman in the race for the Golden Bear?
by Fabien Lemercier
- Life of Riley is the favourite to join the competition. Out of competition, If You Don't, I Will looks very promising
Rumours are raging in Paris about the identity of the Frenchmen who could take part in the 64th Berlinale (February 6 to 16, 2014), but only one name has for now emerged on the competition's starting line: that of Alain Resnais, with Life of Riley (read the news). If this hypothesis is confirmed, it will be the third time that the 91-year-old maestro enters the race for the Golden Bear after winning two Silver Bears with Smoking/No Smoking in 1994 and Same Old Song in 1998. Alain Resnais has also been selected five times in competition in Cannes (Grand Prix in 1980 and exceptional Prize of the Jury in 2009), and four times in Venice (Golden Lion in 1961 and Silver Lion for Best Director in 2006).
The 21st feature by the director, Life of Riley, was inspired by the play of the same name by British playwright lan Ayckbourn. The cast includes Sabine Azéma, Hyppolyte Girardot, Sandrine Kiberlain, André Dussollier, Caroline Silhol and Michel Vuillermoz. Produced by F comme Film, co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and pre-purchased by Canal+, the feature is being sold internationally by Le Pacte, which will handle the French release on March 26.
If You Don't, I Will by Sophie Fillières could also be present in Berlin, in the Panorama or out of competition (read the article - Pierre Grise Productions – international sales Les Films du Losange), with Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos, together with the Franco-Austrian documentary We Come As Friends [+see also:
film profile] by Hubert Sauper, which will have its international premiere at Sundance (sales handled by Le Pacte).
(Translated from French)
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