Actor Corentin Fila will partake in a post-screening Q&A on November 23rd
Teenagers Damian (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Thomas (Corentin Fila) share a simmering enmity that frequently erupts into violent confrontation. Interceding as peacemaker, Damian’s mother Marianne (Sandrine Kiberlain) arranges with Thomas’ adoptive parents – farmers high in the Pyrenees – for the boys to live with her for a few months in the village at the foothills, entirely unaware of the underlying causes of their animosity.
Being 17 sees veteran director André Téchiné and his co-writer Celine Sciamma (Girlhood) revisit themes of same-sex desire previously explored in his classic Les Roseaux sauvages (The Wild Reeds). (Notes by David O’Mahony)
Director’s note: All the confusion of first love comes flooding out in this precisely observed, naturalistic portrait of youth.
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.