Shooting anecdotes, notes of intent, information for film lovers: every week, discover behind the scenes of cinema releases.
Companions of François Favrat
With Najaa Bensaid, Agnès Jaoui, Pio Marmaï…
What is it about ? At 19, passionate about street art, Naëlle is forced to follow a reintegration project with other young people, her last chance to avoid being separated from her loved ones.
Did you know ? With this film, the director wanted to highlight values such as mutual aid and manual work: “All these manual trades that we tend to denigrate these days actually require considerable know-how and experience.” He adds: “In an individualistic and ultra-connected daily life, it may seem old-fashioned at first, but their generous approach to learning really touched me.”
Maigret by Patrice Leconte
With Gérard Depardieu, Jade Labeste, Mélanie Bernier…
What is it about ? Maigret investigates the death of a young girl. There is nothing to identify her, no one seems to have known her or remember her. He meets a delinquent, who strangely resembles the victim, and awakens in him the memory of another disappearance, older and more intimate…
Did you know ? The film is adapted from the novel Maigret et la petite morte by Georges Simenon, published for the first time in 1954. This story has already had four television adaptations from 1959 to 1973. Originally, Daniel Auteuil was to play the title role . But he finally withdrew in favor of Gérard Depardieu.
According to La Police by Frédéric Videau
With Matthieu Lucci, Patrick d’Assumçao, Anne-Cécile Moh…
What is it about ? One morning, a worn-out field cop, whom everyone in his station calls Ping-Pong, burns his police card and disappears without warning. For one day and one night, his colleagues look for him, meet him and lose him in Toulouse and its suburbs.
Did you know ? Frédéric Videau chose Patrick d’Assumçao as the main character when he saw L’Inconnu du lac in which the actor plays the strange Henri, recently left by his wife. A performance that earned him a double prize for interpretation at the Jean Carmet Festival in Moulins and a nomination for the César for best supporting role.
Blacklight by Mark Williams (II)
Starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Taylor John Smith…
What is it about ? Travis Block steps in on behalf of the FBI when all other options have been exhausted. When he is ordered to silence an agent who wants to reveal the Bureau’s methods to the press, he understands that he has become the pawn of a terrible plot.
Did you know ? The storyline of Blacklight is inspired by the activities of COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program in the 60s and 70s), a series of covert and illegal operations orchestrated by the FBI and intended to monitor, infiltrate, discredit and disrupt political organizations. Americans.
They are alive by Jérémie Elkaïm
With Marina Foïs, Seear Kohi, Laetitia Dosch…
What is it about ? Recently widowed, Béatrice lives with her son and mother. His meeting with Mokhtar, an Iranian teacher who arrived in Europe illegally, will change his daily life and his convictions. Out of love for him, she will have to defy the prejudices of those around her and the laws of her country.
Did you know ? They are alive was originally a project by Marina Foïs, inspired by Béatrice Huret’s story, Calais mon amour. The actress, who has known Jérémie Elkaïm since the filming of Polisse, had spoken to him about this adaptation. It was then the producers of Marina who offered Jérémie to direct it.
Zai Zai Zai Zai by François Desagnat
With Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Ramzy Bedia…
What is it about ? Fabrice, a comedy actor, realizes he doesn’t have his loyalty card while shopping. Despite the threat of a guard, he manages to escape. Then begins a merciless run, for the one who quickly becomes public enemy number 1.
Did you know ? François Desagnat owned Fabcaro’s comic strip and appreciated it to the point of regularly offering it to those around him. If the desire to bring it to the screen was strong, he first gave it up because he considered the project “crazy and unattainable”. It was the producer Thibault Gast, to whom Desagnat had offered a copy of the work, who proposed to the director to adapt it to the cinema.
The Seeds We Sow by Nathan Nicholovitch
With Ghaïs Bertout-Ouraba, Flontin Masengo, Pauline Perrin-Bequart…
What is it about ? Accused of having tagged “MACRON RESIGNATION” on a wall of her high school, Chiara did not come out of police custody alive. Upset, his classmates then decide to speak…
Did you know ? The Seeds We Sow was produced at the invitation of the City of Ivry-sur-Seine as part of an educational project initiated by the municipal cinema Le Luxy and carried out in partnership with the Lycée Romain Rolland with students of 1st Literary option cinema.
Not the same and yet by Jesus Perez, Gerd Gockell, Miran Miosic
What is it about ? A program of 4 stories to evoke the difference. Whether our color is not the same, whether we are smaller or taller, everyone can bring their stone to the building and coexist for the best. Get out of preconceptions, free yourself from the gaze of others, and realize what we are made of.
To Our Children by Maria de Medeiros
With Marieta Severo, Jose de Abreu, Laura Castro…
What is it about ? Vera, who fought against the dictatorship in the 1970s, now takes care of an orphanage for HIV-positive children in Rio. His daughter, Tania, has been trying for several months, with her partner, Vanessa, to have a child by PMA. Between them, a gap has widened…
Did you know ? At the origin of To our children, there is the play For our children by Laura Castro (who plays Tania in the film) that the filmmaker Maria de Medeiros herself performed in Brazil. She remembers: “I received the piece in 2013. It is a dialogue between a mother and her daughter, a long dinner with enough water. The mother is anything but a conservative, she has been through guerrilla warfare, prison, torture, exile. Today she cares for HIV-positive orphans.”
Under the Sky of Kutaisi by Aleksandre Koberidze
With Giorgi Bochorishvili, Ani Karseladze, Oliko Barbakadze…
What is it about ? It’s love at first sight when Lisa and Giorgi meet by chance in the streets of Kutaisi. Love hits them so suddenly, they even forget to ask each other their first names. Before continuing on their way, they decide to meet the next day.
Did you know ? Under the sky of Kutaisi sets up a love story and maintains the suspense to know if it will materialize one day. Aleksandre Koberidze explains how he came up with the idea for the theme of the curse and missed connections:
“When I was a child, I often had to wear a jet stone, usually on my hand, to protect me from the evil eye. Today, hardly anyone does it anymore, and I’m trying to find out why. The evil eye n does it exist anymore or is it simply that no one believes in it anymore?