V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Atelier

V' 17

L' Atelier

The Workshop

Laurent Cantet
F, 2017
Fiction, 114min, OmeU

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L' Atelier

Laurent Cantet
F, 2017
Fiction, 114min, OmeU

Actors: 
Marina Foïs
Olivia
Warda Rammach
Malika
Matthieu Lucci
Antoine
Mamadou Doumbia
Bouba
Screenplay: 
Laurent Cantet
Robin Campillo
Sound: 
Olivier Mauvezin
Agnès Ravez
Antoine Baudouin
Mélissa Petitjean
Camera: 
Pierre Milon
Editor: 
Mathilde Muyard
Composer: 
Bedis Tir
Decoration: 
Serge Borgel

Production: 
Archipel 35
France 2 Cinéma
World Sales: 
Films Distribution
Format: 
DCP
Color

Antoine is one of several teenagers who have been selected to take part in a writer’s workshop with a successful novelist, Olivia. The idea is that, together, they will write a novel, that draws on their lives, hometown and history for inspiration. Antoine soon starts to clash with the other students. With an affinity for far right politics and fascination with violence for the sake of violence, Antoine is far too prickly a character for the audience to easily embrace. Instead, we view him through the eyes of Olivia; and our reaction to him mirrors hers: a blend of uncomfortable fascination with a little fear thrown into the mix.
Laurent Cantet’s L’ATELIER shares a highly effective central device with his 2009 Palme d’Or winner ENTRE LES MURS: the social and economic issues of a place – in L’ATELIER’s case the once-thriving port town of La Ciotat, near Marseille in the south of France – are explored through the medium of education. (Wendy Ide)

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