Wednesday, October 12 – Truffaut Theatre – 10:30 pm
Recommended + 17
Presented by producer Charles Gillibert 


Presented in Association with:
Les Films du Losange
Strand Releasing


US Premiere | France | 2022 | Dark Comedy, Drama | 100 min | In French with English subtitles

Directed by: Alain Guiraudie
Written by: Alain Guiraudie, Laurent Lunetta
Produced by: Charles Gillibert, Romain Blondeau (CG), Arte France Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
Cinematography: Hélène Louvart
Film Editing: Jean-Christophe Hym
Original Score: Xavier Boussiron
Cast: Jean-Charles Clichet (Médéric), Noémie Lvovsky (Isadora), Iliès Kadri (Selim), Michel Masiero (Mr Coq), Doria Tillier (Florence), Renaud Rutten (Gérard), Farida Rahouadj (Mrs El Aaoui)
International Sales: Les Films du Losange
U.S. Distributor: Strand Releasing
U.S. Release Date: TBA

Director Alain Guiraudie takes on questions of race, class, sex and Islamophobia in this dark social satire about a schlubby unemployed computer geek named Médéric who falls hard for a married middle-aged sex worker named Isadora.  However, Médéric doesn’t believe in prostitution and refuses to pay for sex. (Which doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of it in this film!) As if that weren’t enough to keep him occupied, he’s soon confronted by Selim, a homeless North African young man who’s looking for a place to crash. Despite the fact that Selim resembles a terrorist-at-large, Médéric takes him in. Simultaneously paranoid, compliant, wracked with white guilt and in love, Médéric has a lot going on. As does Guiraudie, who straddles his usual genres of absurdist dramedy and social commentary, depicting what life can be like in modern-day France, where terrorist attacks can be devastating, yet somehow feel like everyday occurrences.

Born into a family of farmers, writer/director Alain Guiraudie made his first short film, Heroes Never Die, in 1990.  His medium-length film, This Old Dream That Moves (2001), was awarded the Prix Jean Vigo and was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.  He moved on to feature films with No Rest for the Brave (2003), Time Has Come (2005), and The King of Escape (2009).  However, Guiraudie’s international breakout feature was the daring homoerotic thriller The Stranger by the Lake (2013), which premiered at the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, where it nabbed both Best Director and Queer Palm awards, and was subsequently nominated for César Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. That was followed by Staying Vertical (2016), which was an official selection in Cannes, and Pays Perdu (2017). Nobody’s Hero opened in the Panorama sidebar at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and will be released in the U.S. by Strand Releasing. This U.S. Premiere at the Festival is part of the Focus on a Producer dedicated to Charles Gillibert. 

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