NON-FICTION
DOUBLES VIES
2019, Sundance Selects, 107 min, France, Dir: Olivier Assayas

Olivier Assayas’ wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature reunites the writer-director with Juliette Binoche (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA) and Guillaume Canet (TELL NO ONE). Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, this timely comedy traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer (Vincent Macaigne) begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs - including a passionate fling with an actress (Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor (Canet) - as fodder for his explosive new novel. Balancing dry wit with keen observations on the tensions between art, commerce, and technology, NON-FICTION is a buoyant, breezy delight from a master director at his most effortlessly brilliant. “This is a major entry in a fascinating career - a treat for the director’s devotees as well as French-cinema buffs in general. Powered by a quartet of superb performances - including another jewel-like turn from Juliette Binoche - NON-FICTION begins as a talky study of the Parisian intelligentsia, then gradually tightens its emotional grip. It’s the latest evidence of the director’s gift for tackling grave subjects with the lightest of touches…” – Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter.


TONNERRE
2013, Wild Bunch, 102 min, France, Dir: Guillaume Brac

The little town of Tonnerre in Burgundy provides refuge to Maxime (Vincent Macaigne), a musician a bit past his prime. Things start looking up for him when he meets younger journalist Mélodie (Solène Rigot), until she suddenly breaks off their relationship, sending Maxime off the rails. As the film shifts from character study to thriller, Macaigne’s intense performance shows why he is among France’s most in-demand actors. In French with English subtitles.


AGE OF PANIC
LA BATAILLE DE SOLFERINO
2013, Shellac Distribution, 94 min, France, Dir: Justine Triet

May 6, 2012 becomes a hectic day for news correspondent Laetitia (Laetitia Dosch) - as she covers Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande’s victory, her unstable ex-husband (Vincent Macaigne) shows up at her apartment demanding to see their kids. The strong lead performances and scenes shot in Paris streets during Election Day add sparks to this indie dramedy. In French with English subtitles.


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