Director: Thomas Bidegain

104 minutes, France/Belgium, 2015

Celebrated screenwriter Thomas Bidegain – a long-time collaborator with Jacques Audiard – establishes himself as a new voice in French cinema with this bracing debut feature. The story kicks off at a gathering of country and western enthusiasts in rural France; when during the raucous festivities, 16-year-old Kelly abruptly disappears. Her father Alain’s fears soon become disbelief when he learns that she’s chosen to abandon her life and to start a new one as a Muslim. Convinced that she was coerced, Alain and his son commence a thrilling sixteen year odyssey, spanning borders and continents as they hunt for the missing Kelly. (DOM)

Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2015; BFI London Film Festival 2015; Toronto International Film Festival 2015

Director’s Note: “Breath-taking in scope and ambition, this modern-day western calls to mind John Ford’s classic The Searchers.”

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

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