Festival of Saint-Jean-de-Luz: The coronation of the event

A few weeks after its triumph at the Mostra, Audrey Diwan’s film won the Grand Prix of the Luzien Festival for its French premiere.

From October 4 to 10, the 8th edition of the International Film Festival was held in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a cinephile meeting dedicated to “young” cinema. Ten feature films were in competition. Outraged The event by Audrey Diwan, recent Golden Lion at the Mostra or Pink by Aurélie Saada with Queen Françoise Fabian as head of the family, the selection also counted: the Iranian film under high “Farhadian” influence Forgiveness ; Maltese social drama Luzzu ; the greco-burlesque Apples ; the claustro-canadian Underground, the belgo-euphoric Crazy life and the French: Little lesson in love, rom-com with Laetitia Dosch and Pierre Deladonchamps; A mother, a revenge-movie with Karin Viard and finally Sentinel South around two young French soldiers recently returned from the front.

Audrey Diwan looks back on her victory at the Mostra

The jury chaired by filmmaker Thierry Klifa (Everything separates us…) was made up of actresses Florence Loiret Caille, Nadège Beausson-Diagne and producer Christophe Rossignon. Yes The event Audrey Diwan, an adaptation both sober and powerful of Annie Ernaux’s story about a young girl seeking to have an abortion clandestinely in the France of the sixties has logically imposed (the film also won the Prix du Syndicat de la Critique, a novelty of this edition), the other sensation of the week is undoubtedly Crazy life, comedy by Belgian duo Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, in theaters on November 10.

A “demented” film

The film has won the Young Jury Prize, the Audience Prize, the Best Actress Prize (Jo Deseure) and the Directing Prize. Crazy life recounts the daily life of a young couple, Noémie and Alex, little by little overwhelmed by the eruptive and unpredictable personality of Suzanne, Alex’s mother. This comedy about mental illness approaches its subject with a mixture of fantasy and lightness.

It is first of all a strong euphoria that wins the mind of Suzanne (and ours) before her dementia takes a turn more uncontrollable and therefore allegedly dangerous. The originality of the film lies in its very poetic staging where the motif of a wallpaper can become the allegory of an overflow, where the precise sense of the frame holds cornered but combative characters captive, where the dialogues and situations, intelligently stimulates emotions. Its discovery in public in a packed room was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this 8th edition.

The Best Actor Award was awarded to the perfect duo of Sentinel South by Mathieu Gérault: Niels Schneider and Sofiane Khammes, impeccable as battered soldiers, involuntary prisoners of a military life which is hardly soluble with civilian life.

We take the opportunity here to congratulate the artistic director of the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival, Patrick Fabre. The consistency of its selection confirms the great vitality of an event that has become the voice of the promises – present and future – of a young international cinema. Finally, we would like to thank the entire Festival team (operators, organizers, press officers, etc.) for the great energy it has generated throughout this solar edition.

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