Irish Film Institute -THE BIG NIGHT


Director: Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delépine

92 minutes // France-Belgium // 2012

Winner of the Special Jury Prize in this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, the new film from the directors of Aaltra and Mammuth is a typically oddball comedy starring Benoît Poelvoorde as aging punk NOT and Albert Dupontel as his ostensibly straight-laced brother Jean-Pierre who falls in line with NOT’s anarchic philosophy after losing his job. Together the dishevelled pair rail against capitalism while hanging out in the clean, corporate world of their local shopping precinct. With a supporting cast that includes Anne Fontaine, Gérard Depardieu and Yolande Moreau, it’s an eccentric, unusual, and very funny film.

Director’s Note: The Delépine-Kervern duo puts ‘a punkwith-a-dog’ at the centre of this caustic comedy. Dark, almost veering out of control, with razor-sharp dialogue.

Winner: Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012

Showing as part of the 2012 IFI French Film Festival.

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