The winner of the Palme d’Or for Entre les Murs returns to the cinema with this film inspired by the story of Medhi Meklat, revealed in 2017.
How to react when one of the most popular authors of his generation finds himself struck by a wave of hatred after his old Twitter account is discovered? Where is the real one, between the beloved writer and the hateful Internet user? Where does freedom of expression begin and end?
Here are several questions to which Laurent Cantet, winner of the Palme d’Or for Between the walls at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, tries to answer in his new feature film Arthur rambo, inspired by the Mehdi Meklat case. As a reminder, this case concerns the writer and columnist, and takes place in 2017. While at the height of his glory, Meklat is soon accused of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and misogyny after hateful tweets were found by Internet users on Twitter. First registered on the social network under the pseudo “Marcelin Deschamps”, he renames his account in 2017 with his real identity, and takes care to delete his first comments on Twitter. Some have all the same been found, and brought before the author, who justifies them by saying that Marcellin Deschamps is a character he invented for himself.
A very real affair, of which Arthur rambo takes up the main lines in a fiction carried by Rabah Naït Oufella, Antoine Reinartz and Sofian khammes, and whose synopsis is: Who is Karim D.? This young writer committed to the announced success or his alias, Arthur Rambo, who posts hateful messages that we unearth one day from social networks …
Distributed by Memento Distribution, Arthur rambo is dated February 2 in theaters. His trailer:
With L’Atelier, Laurent Cantet re-enacts Between the Walls in minor mode