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IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2021: PARIS 13TH DISTRICT

Jacques Audiard

LES OLYMPIADES, PARIS 13e

Emilie (Lucie Zhang), an outspoken young telesales operative from a Taiwanese family, meets handsome Camille (Makita Samba), a high school teacher who applies to be her lodger, and quickly becomes her lover. Camille, however, has fallen for Nora (Noémie Merlant), a law student at the Sorbonne, who later has her head turned by Amber (Jehnny Beth), an online sex-chat worker. Imaginatively adapted from three stories by US graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, Audiard’s script, co-written by Céline Sciamma and Léa Mysius, relocates the narratives to the titular 13th arrondissement in south-east Paris. Shot in luminous black and white, his rapturously beautiful ninth feature is a free-wheeling ode to careless young love. DOM

Director’s note: A festival favourite and Palme d’Or winner Jacques Audiard’s first B&W film of modern love is exquisitely shot. Adapted for screen by Céline Sciamma and Léa Mysius!

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival, November 17 – 28.

In line with government guidelines, the IFI currently hopes to move to 100% cinema capacity from October 22nd, in which case allocated seating will no longer be in place in screen.

105 mins, France, 2021, Subtitled, Digital, F-Rated

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