Director: Hélier Cisterne Run Time: 92 min. Rating: NR
Starring: Jules Langlade, Marc Brunet, Vicky Krieps, Vincent Lacoste
Country: France, Belgium, Algeria
Language: French, Arabic, with English subtitles
Faithful / De nos frères blessés is presented in the Film Center’s Virtual Screening Room as part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual festival presented by Film at Lincoln Center and UniFrance Films.
About the film:
Vicky Krieps and Vincent Lacoste bring a firebrand vitality to this 1950s-set true story of revolutionary conviction and romantic passion. Lacoste plays real-life communist dissident Fernand Iveton, who, on a brief trip to Paris for medical tests, falls in love with headstrong Hélène, an escapee from an oppressive regime in Poland.
Entranced by each other’s devotion to their principles, they marry and move to Algiers, where Fernand came of age among Marxist radicals. As the revolution explodes, Fernand throws himself into the Algerian resistance, while Hélène, aware of the suffering she witnessed before starting a new life, must reckon with just how much her husband is willing to sacrifice.
Screening as part of A Taste of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, an opportunity for audiences across the U.S. to experience a curated selection of festival highlights, showcasing the best in contemporary French filmmaking. All films include virtual Q&As.
About the filmmaker:
Director and screenwriter Hélier Cisterne made his first short film Outside after studying philosophy at university. In 2006, he presented the short film Second Skin at the International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, Les Paradis perdus earned a nomination for Best Short Film at the Césars. For his work, Cisterne was awarded French cinema’s annual Jean Vigo Prize for promising filmmakers with independent spirit and original style. He was awarded the annual Louis Delluc Prize for his debut feature film Vandal (2013) about a young graffiti artist. He has also directed episodes of the critically acclaimed TV series The Bureau.
Cisterne is a member of the 50/50 Collective made up of industry professionals committed to promoting equality between women and men and diversity in cinema and the audiovisual industry.A Taste of Rendez-Vous See all virtual titles