VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Fantômes d'Ismaël

V' 17

Les Fantômes d'Ismaël

Ismael's Ghosts

Arnaud Desplechin
F, 2017
Fiction, 110min, OmeU

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Les Fantômes d'Ismaël

Arnaud Desplechin
F, 2017
Fiction, 110min, OmeU

Actors: 
Mathieu Amalric
Ismaël
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Sylvia
Marion Cotillard
Carlotta
Louis Garrel
Ivan
Alba Rohrwacher
Arielle/Faunia
Hippolyte Girardot
Zwy
Screenplay: 
Arnaud Desplechin
Léa Mysius
Julie Peyr
Sound: 
Nicolas Cantin
Camera: 
Irina Lubtchansky
Composer: 
Grégoire Hetzel
Decoration: 
Toma Baqueni

Production: 
Why Not Productions
France 2 Cinéma
Le Pacte
Wild Bunch Production
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Format: 
DCP
Color

Mathieu Amalric in his seventh collaboration with Desplechin, gets to play a director from Roubaix, the hometown of Arnaud Desplechin himself. He is the titular Ismaël, who’s preparing a new feature and who’s been in an apparently quite happy relationship with the astrophysicist Sylvia for about two years when we finally meet them in the film’s contemporary strand.
Another figure presents itself in the form of the narrative’s most literal ghost: the ominously named Carlotta (an innuendo to Hitchcock). She was Ismaël’s first great love some two decades earlier, then disappeared without a trace. When Carlotta suddenly shows up at Ismaël’s beach cottage, it’s not surprising that Sylvia looks like she’s seen a ghost.
LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL is a dense maze of a narrative that nimbly hops back and forth between different locations and countries, between the past and the present and between stories and stories within stories. (Boyd van Hoeij)

In the presence of Arnaud Desplechin.