Director: Samuel Benchetrit

100 minutes, France, 2015

In this quirky and endearing urban dramedy six characters are linked by the desolate no man’s land of a housing project, with one broken-down elevator. Cutting between narratives, each character is gradually transformed by the arrival of someone in their lives: the terminally depressed Sternkowitz (Gustave Kerven); a fading ’80s actress (Isabelle Huppert); and an American astronaut (Michael Pitt) who has just landed his capsule on the roof. Samuel Benchetrit’s fifth feature is a series of cleverly conceived vignettes – simultaneously amusing and tender – focusing on several downtrodden characters scraping by in a forgotten industrial wasteland.

Out of Competition, Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2015

Director’s Note: ” Superbly sharp cast, a subtle film full of silent exchanges and long takes, highlighting the bonds that grow between the characters.”

Showing as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2015 (November 18th – 29th)

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