Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

France • 2009 • 104 minutes

We are delighted to be able to open this year’s Festival with MICMACS, a film so wonderfully inventive, visually distinctive and utterly charming it could only have come from Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film tells the story of Bazil Dany Boon), a brain injured video store clerk and movie obsessive who, with the assistance of a coterie of colourful characters, plans to bring down two local arms dealers. As a child, Bazil lost his father in a landmine accident, and when decades later a stray bullet becomes lodged in his skull he finds himself in a position to exact revenge on those responsible.

The worlds which Jeunet creates (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, Amelie) are always beautifully realised. MICMACS is certainly no exception; it looks stunning, but as with all his films, its success isn’t solely reliant on visual flair. A marvellous cast, great writing and Jeunet’s skill as a storyteller combine to create a cracking comedic adventure.

This screening will be followed by a complimentary wine reception.

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