Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
PIERRE SCHOELLER will be present Saturday November 12th (1:00PM and 3:30PM) and Sunday November 13th (11:15AM).
Director Pierre Schoeller won the CINEMANIA 2008 Prix du Public for his stunning portrait of homelessness in VERSAILLES, starring Guillaume Depardieu. Here, (together with the Dardennes Bros. as producers), he tackles a complex and dense political intrigue in a film presented at Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2011.
Saint-Jean (Olivier Gourmet), Minister of Transport, is awakened in the middle of the night. There's been a brutal passenger-bus crash into a ravine -- Saint-Jean has no choice but to rush to the scene. And so begins the unfolding of a Minister's peregrinations, ever more complicated and tortured. A myriad of issues surface - speed limits, poor decisions and power struggles, all in the midst of an economic crash. Everything is linked, yet in flux. One crisis follows another. And how much are the men in charge prepared to sacrifice; how much can they endure in the service of a State that chews them up and spits them out?
Saint-Jean juggles many projects, holding his own when he can against the inner workings of state bureaucracy and caving in to the powers-that-be when he can't. The cabinet is rife with enemies and he barely has time to stop and reflect or spend time with his wife and family. His frenetic pace is punctuated by the great camera work of cinematographer Julien Hirsch and original musical scoring by Philippe Schoeller (the director's brother). An excellent supporting cast (Michel Blanc and Zabou Breitman) enhance Olivier Gourmet's remarkable portrayal of political power at work.
2011 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UN CERTAIN REGARD : FIPRESCI Award
2011 FILMFEST HAMBURG OFFICIAL COMPETITION
2011 NAMUR INTERNATIONAL FRENCH LANGUAGE FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL COMPETITION