Sophia Antipolis

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Sophia Antipolis

Virgil Vernier
F, 2018
Features, 98min, OmeU

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Sophia Antipolis

Virgil Vernier
F, 2018
Features, 98min, OmeU

Cast: 
Dewi Kunetz
Kim
Sandra Poitoux
Samantha
Hugues Njiba-Mukuna
Christophe
Bruck
Tarik
Lilith Grasmug
Léna
Screenplay: 
Virgil Vernier
Sound: 
Jean Collot
Olivier Viellefond
Simon Apostolou
Camera: 
Simon Roca
Tom Harari
Editor: 
Charlotte Cherici
Decoration: 
Florence Catusse
Costume: 
Pauline Croce

Production: 
Kazak Productions
World Sales: 
MK2 Films
Format: 
DCP
Color

Virgil Vernier’s follow-up to MERCURIALES (2014) is similarly set in a peculiar contemporary “non-place” zone of France. Sophia Antipolis is a techno-industrial park on the periphery of the tourist centers of the French Riviera. Created in the 1970’s and 1980’s, it was modeled on Silicon Valley in California as a massive architectural anomaly built to bring a different kind of industry to the region. Amid this backdrop, a series of tangentially-related sequences and narratives vignettes play out: women consult with a plastic surgeon; a young man gets inducted into a militia; a woman goes canvassing for the first time with an end-of-the-world spirituality cult she’s considering joining; another woman, Sophia, is already dead, having been killed in a warehouse fire under mysterious circumstances. Relying on non-professional actors, and the dull weight of the geographical setting, SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS unfolds as an assembly of everyday seeking and wish mis-fulfillment. With several tonal shifts along the way, playing with humor, boredom, and grim sadness, the films cyclically-arranged tales build up to a deep existential sorrow for the daily organization of contemporary existence. (Rachael A. Rakes)

Virgil Vernier: AUTOPRODUCTION (2009), COMMISSARIAT (2009), ORLÉANS (2012), MERCURIALES (2014), IRON MAIDEN (2015, K)