France (2021)

Director: Bruno Dumont Run Time: 133 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Benjamin Biolay, Blanche Gardin, Emanuele Arioli, Juliane Köhler, Léa Seydoux

Country: France, Germany, Italy, Belgium
Language: French, German, English


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“a different kind of genre unto itself… a dazzling, energetically attenuated vision on those “pretty but useful women” who are punished and adored, celebrated and reviled”

—Nicholas Bell for Ion Cinema

About the film:

Official Selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. France de Meurs is a seemingly unflappable superstar TV journalist whose career, homelife, and psychological stability are shaken after she carelessly drives into a young delivery man on a busy Paris street. The accident triggers a series of self-reckonings, as well as a strange romance that proves impossible to shake.

About the filmmaker:

Bruno Dumont is recognized as one of the most singular French writer-directors working today. A regular at Cannes, his provocative films have also screened at Venice, Toronto, Berlin and other festivals around the world. His first feature, The Life of Jesus, won Special Mention for the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 1997, and he earned the Grand Prix in 1999 for Humanity and in 2006 for Flanders. His other acclaimed projects include his 2009 FIPRESCI Award winner Hadewijch, his 2013 film Camille Claudel 1915, 2019’s Joan of Arc, and his 2014 series Li’l Quinquin.

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